Syllabus and Policies



This course will cover the topics from the first ten chapters and appendix B of the text, Calculus, by Gootman. All of these topics are covered in the online homework sets.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to

  1. Evaluate limits of functions given graphically or algebraically;
  2. Compute derivatives of algebraic, logarithmic and exponential functions, and combinations of these functions; Interpret the derivative as a rate of change, and solve related application problems;
  3. Use the first and second derivatives to analyze the graphs of functions, to find the maximum and minimum values of a function, and to solve related application problems;
  4. Interpret the definite integral in terms of area, and solve related application problems;
  5. Integrate selected functions, and apply the fundamental theorem of calculus to evaluate definite integrals.


You should have a strong understanding of college algebra and an ACT score of at least 26 or a score of 70% on the placement exam. If you have a weak algebra background it is essential that you immediately brush up on this prerequisite. Most students who do not do well in calculus, find that the required algebra is the major roadblock.


The course grade is based on 500 points, divided as follows:

Three 2-hour exams, 100 points each
Final exam, 100 points
Homework, 80 points
Quizzes, 10 points
Written Project, 10 points

The Homework score will be computed as follows. There are 275 homework problems in the course, but the homework grade will be based on 250 problems. Thus, if you answer x homework problems correctly, your homework score will be (x/250) times 80. (250 correct homework problems will give you 80 points for the homework.) Note that if you answer more than 250 homework problems correctly, then you could receive more than 80 points for the Homework score.

The Quiz score will be comprised of 5 quizzes on Canvas. The first is a scavenger hunt, where you will be asked questions about the syllabus and prerequisite material. This quiz is worth 6 points. The other four are 1 point quizzes, where you will be asked where you are taking each exam.

Your final grade for the course will be based on the total points you have earned as follows:

A: 450-500
B: 400-449
C: 350-399
D: 300-349
E: 0-299

The grading scale might be adjusted at the end of the semester on a course-wide basis. You will be guaranteed the above letter grade if your score falls within the given range, but the minimum score for each letter grade might be lowered.


All course materials are online and it is your responsibility to access material in a timely manner. To help keep you on track we have provided a lecture schedule that you should follow.

Disabilities/Medical Conditions:

If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide the instructor with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (Suite 407, Multidisciplinary Science Building, 859-257-2754, email address for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.

Distance Learning (DL) Library Services:
  2. Carla Cantagallo, DL Librarian
  3. Local phone number: 859.257.0500, ext. 2171
  4. Long distance phone number: 800.828.0439 (option #6)
  5. Email:
  6. DL Interlibrary Loan Service:
Academic Honesty:

Cheating or plagiarism is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. It will be thoroughly investigated, and might lead to failure in the course or even to expulsion from the university. See (Sections 6.3.1 and 6.3.2) for information on cheating, plagiarism, and penalties.

A summary of recent changes to rules on cheating can be found at the Academic Ombud website: