Mathematics 251 (4 credit hours)
CALCULUS  I (Fall 2008)

Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail:  Web page:  I will use your e-mail as stored in Banner, usually an account, to contact you (if the school closes, to send additional notes, ...) so please make sute that it is accurate.
Two units of high school algebra, one unit high school geometry, 1/2 unit high school trigonometry, and appropriate mathematics placement OR completion of EITHER Math 170 with a grade of C or better OR MATH 185 with a grade of C or better.  A grade of C or better in MATH 251 is required to enroll in MATH 252. 
Catalog Description:
(Math 251-252)
Limits and continuity.  Derivatives and integrals of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions.  Techniques of integration.  Conics.  Parametric and polar equations.  Intermediate forms and improper integrals.  Infinite series, including Taylor series.  Must be taken in sequence.
Calculus--Early Transcendentals (Sixth Edition), James Stewart, Brooks/Cole Publishers, 2008,
The course grade will be determined as follows: 
16 %   quizzes (daily five-minute quizzes) 
64 %   tests (about five fifty-minute tests) 
20 %   final (the final is comprehensive) 
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
90-100% A,    80-89% B,    70-79% C,    60-69% D,    0-59% F.
The grade of I is given very rarely and never just to temporarily improve your GPA.  No extra credit.


There is no way to pass a real mathematics class without doing the homework. So to help you focus on the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your personal handwritten notes; but not your book, computer or printed notes.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you are late, you will get a one.  If you cheat, you may get a zero or negative score. 

If you miss the day, or leave early, then you will get a zero.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from an absence does not excuse the next day's quiz.  If you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz.

The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped (other than "earned" zero or negative scores, see above).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting. Those that are not picked up will be tossed out a week later.

Homework will be evaluated through the quiz policy.  Click on the button to the right for the list of daily assignments.  (You can always go to my web page to find this assignment list.)
Tests & Final: The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (probably the final) may be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  (Check also to see if there is a practice final online.)   You may not leave the room (and your phone... must not be visible) during any test or final.
A graphing calculator is required for this course.  The use of the calculator will not be taught in the course itself.  Calculators capable of symbolic manipulation will not be allowed.  You should check with your major advisor as to what calculator you might need in your major before you decide which calculator to use.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics publishes a syllabus for each of it courses which may be viewed in my office and on the departmental web pages.
Newton's Method Applet.
Cancelled classes:
You (and the state) have paid well for the courses taught here so mathematics and statistics teachers very (very) rarely cancel classes. However, sometimes (especially in the spring) the university closes due to bad weather.  If this happens, I will contact you by the e-mail address stored in the Banner system to let you know how we will make up the work.  I will also adjust the homework schedule on-line as needed.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz, test or assignment.  Your Student Handbook clearly states "suspension from the university is the expected penalty" for "plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity issues" and this includes submitting the work of another person as your own or permitting another to submit yours as his/her own.
The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities. Students who are eligible for and who request accommodations through the Disability Services office must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation. The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center, 203 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.
If you have any questions: 
  • Ask in class after the quiz.
  • Study with a friend.
  • Form a study group in the class
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door)
  • Ask in the Math Lab (first Tuesday of classes) : MTWTh 9-4 in B103A (Humanities Basement), 4-8 in Humanities 408
  • Ask in the STEM Lab, Clement 315, MTuWTh 9-5, Fri 9-1.
  • Find a private tutor (perhaps ask Mr. Bush, director of the Math Lab, if he has a list)