## MA 109 Syllabus## Calculus I## Primarily for Biology and Social Science Majors## Fall 2014## Saint Vincent College## General Information
## DescriptionThe course covers chapters 0 through 6 of the above text. Calculus I consists of a study of the elementary functions, limits, the derivative and its applications, the definite integral and its applications, as well as some techniques of integration. Applications are presented primarily from biology, business, and the social sciences, though on occasion applications from other areas are used as well. Graphing calculators, Mathematica, and WeBWorK are used to assist in the study of various concepts of calculus. ## Why Take This Course?This is a required course for some majors. Calculus is often a prerequisite for entry into graduate schools as well. Since mathematics in general, and often calculus in particular, is the language used to describe much of modern science, it is an essential tool for science students. ## Core GoalsThis course contributes especially toward the following core curriculum goals, listed in order of emphasis.
## Course Goals and Means of Assessment
## Grading and Course Policies
a graphing calculator is required to solve
some of the problems. Cell phones and pagers should be turned
off and put away during exams and quizzes. On a test students may only use the test itself,
calculators, pens, pencils, and erasers. Calculators may not be passed between students
during exams or quizzes. No laptops, computers, cell phones, tablets and the like may be used on an exam or quiz.
The questions posed on tests, quizzes, and homework will generally be of the mathematical problem-solving type. These require careful analysis using the rules of mathematics and logic, the writing of the steps of the problem's solution in good mathematical language, and the production of correct conclusions. You may also be asked to produce a graph of a certain situation and to interpret what you find. A typical problem requires a third to a half page of mathematical explanation, and a typical exam contains at least a dozen such problems.
Homework, quizzes, and exams will ask critical thinking questions that require careful analysis, mathematical explanation, and meaningful conclusions. For example, you might be asked to find a formula for the derivative of a certain function and then explain what this tells you about the graph of the function. You would have to decide which derivative rule or rules should be used, carry these out in a logical manner using good mathematical notation, and then interpret the result by explaining what you can learn about the graph of this function by looking at its derivative.
Intellectual honesty is important at Saint Vincent College.
Attempts to pass off the work of another as one's own, or group work
as one's individual work, will result in action appropriate to the
seriousness of the situation. All cases of apparent intellectual
dishonesty are referred to the college administration. If the administration
does not say what to do about the grades in a case where plagiarism occurred, the first offense will involve a significant grade penalty
(such as a grade of zero on the quiz or exam), while a second offense may result in failure of the course.
In this course, students are expected to do entirely their own work on WeBWorK, exams, and quizzes.
Other types of homework can be done together unless explicitly stated otherwise. Some
students learn better when working mostly alone. Others do better when
working together. However, never simply copy someone else's work
as that does little to help you to learn the material. Remember that
you are responsible for knowing how to solve the homework problems and
that you will have to face the test and quiz questions on your own.
Be sure to read the Students with disabilities who may be eligible for academic accommodations and support services should please contact the Associate Dean of Studies, Mrs. Sandy Quinlivan, by phone (724-805-2371), email (sandy.quinlivan@email.stvincent.edu) or by appointment (Academic Affairs-Headmaster Hall). Reasonable accommodations do not alter the essential elements of any course, program or activity. If the instructor needs to cancel class, every effort will be made to send an email message to students' Saint Vincent email accounts. |