MAT-2410-LD02 Calculus I for Science                 Synonym No. 02017

Fall 2008


INSTRUCTOR:                     Peggy Beck, Professor, Department of Mathematics

OFFICE:                                 Marlboro Hall M3049

PHONE NUMBER:               (301) 322-0458           Math Dept (301) 322-0421


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OFFICE HOURS:                  TTh 10:00-11:00 in M3104 Math Learning Center

                                                TTh 11:00-11:30 in my office M3049

                                                TTh 1:20-2:00 in my office M3049

                                                and by appointment – email to make arrangements


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   The first course in a three semester sequence of university level calculus for science, engineering and mathematics majors.  This first semester covers differential and introductory integral calculus and their applications.  Prerequisite:  Mathematics proficiency level or C or better in MAT 142 or MAT 133 or MAT 136 or MAT 137


COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to: 


1.     Use the concepts of the Calculus: limits, continuity, derivatives and antiderivatives, Riemann sums and integration as they apply to standard elementary mathematical functions: algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential.

2.     Differentiate and integrate functions

3.     Apply differentiation and integration to the concepts of other fields such as computer science, physics and engineering.

4.     Utilize indeterminate forms and compute the associated limits.


TEXTBOOK:  Weir et al.  (2006).  Thomas’ Calculus, Early Transcendentals. Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 11th Edition.




Computer Technology:          MyMathLab (CourseCompass) software.  Access provided by new book purchase, or may be purchased online.


Calculator:      Every student is required to have a graphing calculator available for class work, homework, lab, and examinations.  TI-83, TI-83 PLUS, or TI-84 Plus is highly recommended.






There will be four regular exams, which will be taken in the Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center) in Bladen Hall. All exams are mandatory. You may take each test at any time the Testing Center is open, during the testing period. See the tentative course schedule for the specific dates.


Make-up exams will be given during the period Wednesday December 3 through Monday December 8 only. Only one make-up exam may be taken. If you miss an exam for any reason, that must be the one you take in the make-up period. If you take all exams as scheduled, you may, if you choose, retake one during the make-up period.


Every week there will be computer assignments on the sections covered, due each Monday. The assignment may be submitted as many times as you wish, before the due date ends (11:59 p.m.). No late work will be accepted for any reason.


Every week there will be quizzes on the sections covered, due each Monday. See the schedule for details. The CourseCompass quizzes may be taken only two times, before the due date ends (11:59 p.m. on the due date). No late work will be accepted for any reason.


There will be 2 – 3 assignments on the MATLAB software package, which is available for student use in the Largo campus computer labs.


The Final Exam is comprehensive, covering all material in the course, and will be given in the classroom 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.


Grade ComputatioN:


Exams 4 @ 100 points                                              400             A        90 - 100%

CourseCompass Assignments (average)               100             B        80 - 89.9%

CourseCompass Quizzes  (average)                       100

MATLAB projects (average)                                 100             C        70 - 79.9%       

Final Exam                                                             200             D        60 – 69.9%

Total possible points                                                  900             F         0 – 59.9%


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