This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus, with applications to business and the biological and physical sciences. We cover differentiation of rational, radical, and exponential functions, integration as area, and using the fundamental theorem of calculus to integrate certain elementary functions. We cover applications to increasing and decreasing functions, concavity, optimization, and related rates.


The lecture notes listed in #2 are the primary means of instruction for the course. These notes are based on the text listed in #1. The text is very readable and has many worked out examples. The text often provides more detail than the lecture notes.

  1. Calculus by Elliot Gootman. The book is published by Barron's, and it will be the primary text for the course. The book can be purchased from the bookstores or online. We shall cover the material in the first ten (10) chapters of this book, as well as appendix B.
  2. Lecture Notes. These lecture notes will be used as the primary means of instruction.


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. Your main goal should be to learn the material well enough so that you can use calculus in an applied context such as business or social science. It is virtually impossible to learn mathematics without actively taking part in the learning. To understand what this means, consider the impossibility of learning to play tennis by listening to someone describe how to play tennis. You will not learn the material in this course by listening to the lectures, and thinking to yourself - "Yes, I understand that". You must work the problems and make mistakes before you will begin to learn. The instructor's task is that of an assistant to help you learn as much of the material as you desire.

In this course it will not be sufficient to memorize an algorithm for doing specific types of problems. You will be expected to understand the material well enough so that you can work problems similar to, but not identical to the ones we work in class and the ones you encounter in the homework.


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 a major roadblock.

Helpful resources if you need to brush up on algebra, geometry, or arithmetic:




You can earn a maximum of three recitation/participation points each week for actively participating in recitation. (Note: it is possible for your total earned recitation/participation points to be greater than the allotted 40 points!)

The recitation/participation points will be awarded for actively engaging in discussions in recitation, performance on worksheets, and performance on quizzes. Recitation/participation points will NOT be given out to students who passively attend recitations; you MUST be an active participant!


The lecture portion of your grade is based on active participation in lecture (the Mon-Wed-Fri meetings). You will need to purchase a “clicker” which is about $30 used in the bookstore and $40 new. You can use the same clicker in this class as any of your other classes.

Excused Absences:

Excused absences are granting according to University Senate Rule, which defines the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences: serious illness; illness or death of family member; University-related trips; major religious holidays; other circumstances your instructor finds to be "reasonable cause for nonattendance".

Absences from exams should be reported (in advance) on this form. Students who have university excused absences or who have university-scheduled class conflicts with uniform examinations need to make arrangements to take exam at an alternate time. According to university policy, it is the student's responsibility to resolve scheduling conflicts with common hour exams, and this must be done at least TWO WEEKS before the exam. If you fail to inform your instructor of exam conflicts in timely manner, a penalty may be assessed on your exam score and you will be required to take the exam at one of the already scheduled alternate exam times. To avoid any problems request alternate exams here as soon as you know you may have a conflict.

For lecture attendance, your clicker grade will automatically allow you to have up to five excused absences without providing any documentation. If you accumulate six or more excused absences from lecture, you should provide official documentation for ALL of the absences to your lecturer within one week of the sixth excused absence (and for any absence thereafter).

For recitation attendance, see your recitation instructor for details.

Disability Accommodations:

If you have documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see your lecturer as soon as possible during scheduled office hours. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide 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.

Academic Integrity, Honesty, and Cheating:

You should feel free to study with friends, but any work you submit for a grade should be your own work. This applies to all exams, quizzes, and writing assignments, with the exception of assignments that are specifically designated as group assignments. Academic dishonesty, in any form, will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, having someone else bring your clicker to class, using multiple people's clickers during class, copying a classmate's work, allowing a classmate to copy your work, having someone else turn in a quiz for you, turning in a quiz for someone who was not there, modifying an exam after it has been handed back in an attempt to deceive the instructor into believing the assignment was graded incorrectly, using cell phone during an exam. A student found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive an automatic E on the assignment, and in some cases the offense may lead to an E for the course, academic probation, or even expulsion. See sections 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 of the University Senate Rules for more information regarding academic integrity.

Classroom decorum and civility:

We expect that you will not only attend class, but that you will participate in class. We expect that you will be respectful of yourself and others. Please turn off your cell phones when you enter class. Please do not work on other classes during class. Please do not surf the internet during class. Please do not read the newspaper during class, work on Sudoku, etc. during class. Please do not talk or whisper during lecture unless the instructor has given you the floor. In a classroom it is difficult for other students and the instructor to hear if there are several little conversations taking place at the same time. If you are disrupting class you may be asked to leave.

The university, college and department has a commitment to respect the dignity of all and to value differences among members of our academic community. There exists the role of discussion and debate in academic discovery and the right of all to respectfully disagree from time-to-time. Students clearly have the right to take reasoned exception and to voice opinions contrary to those offered by the instructor and/or other students (S.R. 6.1.2). Equally, a faculty member has the right---and the responsibility---to ensure that all academic discourse occurs in a context characterized by respect and civility. Obviously, the accepted level of civility would not include attacks of a personal nature or statements denigrating another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, national/regional origin or other such irrelevant factors. Students who are not respectful, not civil, or disruptive in any way may be asked to leave the class.

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