Math 150A – Calculus I
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 15:30-16:55, Live Oak 1326
Dr. Jacek Polewczak
Live Oak, Room 1301E
(818) 677-7812 (24 hours voice mail)
Tuesday and Thursday 14:00–15:30, or by appointment
Calculus, 2nd Edition, by Briggs, Cochran, and Gillett Pearson, 2015.
We will cover most of the material from Chapters 2-7. Chapter 2 introduces limits and continuity of functions. Notion of the limit, the most fundamental concept in calculus, is being used in Chapter 3 to define the derivative of a function. Chapter 2 also includes various properties of derivatives. In Chapter 4 the notion of derivative is being applied in optimization problems and graph sketching. Chapter 5 introduces another fundamental concept of calculus, the integral, and its connection with the definition of area. Chapter 6 covers various applications of integration and Chapter 7 covers the logarithmic and exponential functions.
There will be 3 (in-class) tests and a cumulative (common) final exam (Saturday, May 12,
2018, 11:30 – 13:30). There will be also 6-7 quizzes. Two lowest quizzes’ scores will be dropped.
A student must take the final exam to get a semester grade above a WU/F.
No electronic devices or cheat-sheets will be allowed during the tests, quizzes, or the final exam.
There will be online homeworks. Additionally, I will be also providing additional practice problems at http://www.csun.edu/˜hcmth008.
No make-ups without doctor’s excuse. Late homeworks will not be accepted. There will be no make-ups for quizzes.
10% – homeworks
15% – quizzes
45% – 3 tests
30% – cumulative final exam
In some cases, I may use the ± system when assigning the final grade.
This is covered in Appendix C of the CSUN catalog. Academic dishonesty will always be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. According to the CSUN policy, a grade that is sanctioned due to academic dishonesty cannot be replaced by subsequent course grades.
It is my recommendation that in order to do well in this class, a student should devote, in addition to attending lectures, at least 8-12 hours per week on studying, homeworks, and solving problems assigned during classroom sessions.
Important Note !