Calculus I
MATH 200 Section 7
Spring 2016

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MATH 200 is the first course in a two-semester sequence covering the calculus of one-variable functions. This course covers the fundamental ideas of differential and integral calculus: functions, limits, continuity, differentiation and integration. We also examine some aspects of how these ideas apply to solve real-world problems. All this involves Chapters 1 through 5 of the text. The course is designed to give you the mathematical background necessary for many courses in the natural and social sciences, as well as to provide a foundation for further study in mathematics.


MATH 151 (Pre-calculus) or placement by VCU's Mathematics Placement Test. (For test, see

  • REQUIRED: Textbook. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd edition, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett. ISBN 978-0-194-7345 (published by Pearson). There may be some good prices for used books on Amazon.
  • OPTIONAL: MyMathLab subscription. MyMathLab is a web-based system on which you can work practice problems with feedback and hints. I will not assign any homework through MyMathLab, but if working practice problems on line fits your learning style this may be a good purchase. MyMathLab also contains an e-copy of the textbook, so you would not need to buy a hard copy. If you want to do this, follow the instructions below. Please note that you can also get a free three-week trial subscription.

    You have three options for purchasing the above materials. You may do any one of the following.
    1. Hard Copy of Text:
      Purchase Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd edition, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett, ISBN: 978-0-194-7345.
    2. Hard Copy of Text with MyMathLab:
      Go to the VCU Bookstore and purchase Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd edition, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett, ISBN: 978-0-321-965165 with MyMathLab Access. The inside cover of this book contains a package with an access code. Using this code you can then register for MyMathLab using the link "MyMathLab Registration" at the top of my MATH 200 web page.
    3. MyMathLab and e-text:
      Click on the link "MyMathLab Registration" at the top of my MATH 200 web page. Follow the directions to purchase a MyMathLab subscription directly from Pearson. If you do this, your MyMathLab account will have a link to an electronic version of the text, Calculus: Early Transcendental, 2nd edition, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett.
  You are NOT required to have a calculator in this course. You are free to use a calculator in doing the practice exercises, but calculators are NOT allowed on tests.

  • Tests: There are three closed book tests. The first is scheduled for Wednesday February 17. The other dates are to be announced. Calculators and computers are not allowed on any in-class test. All phones must be put away. Tests are written under the assumption that you are studying the material AT LEAST 8 hours per week outside of class.
  • Assignments: Weekly written assignments are collected, graded and returned.
    • Papers are collected at the beginning of class on appointed days.
    • Papers submitted after the beginning of class may not be graded.
    • If you must miss class when an assignment is due, please give it to me early or have a classmate turn it in for you.
    • You may email an assignment to me, but it must arrive in my inbox no later than the beginning of class on the day it is due. I sometimes don't print emailed assignments, so you may not get any written feedback from me. If the scan or photo is of poor quality I may not be able to grade it.
    • Exceptionally sloppy work is not graded.
    • I encourage you to work together, though the work you turn in must be your own.
    • Resist the temptation to hunt for solutions on line. I do not grade work that I recognize as copied.
    • In addition to the work you hand in, you should work lots of extra problems for practice.
    • Some assigned problems are intended to make you think about ideas not discussed in class.
  • Engagement: Engagement means that you in some way demonstrate intellectual involvement in the course. It does not necessarily mean that you ask questions and volunteer answers. Active engagement may include your working lots of exercises, taking advantage of office hours, and displaying preparedness, dedication and intellectual curiosity. Things that could cause you to lose engagement points include sleeping in class, missing too much class, leaving your cell phone on, texting in class, and other rude behaviors. (Not that I expect you would do any of these things!)
  • Final Exam: The final exam is cumulative, covering all material discussed in class. It is scheduled for Tuesday May 10, 8:00–10:50 am, in our usual classroom. All you will need to bring to the finial exam is something to write with. Books, notes, calculators, computers, phones etc., are not allowed on the final. The exam is written under the assumption that you have been studying the material AT LEAST 8 hours per week outside of class for the entire semester.
  • Dropped Scores: Your lowest test grade and several low homework grades will be dropped.

The 10-point grading scale is used:

A: 90100
B: 8089
C: 7079
D: 6069
F: 059
Your final average will be computed as follows:

Highest test grade: 28%
Second-highest test grade: 28%
Written assignments:
Final Exam grade 28%

  • Attendance: Attendance is not taken. You are responsible for all material covered in class.
  • Etiquette: Please arrive promptly.
  • Phones: Put away all phones for the entire duration of class. Do not text in class or leave to take a call.
  • Please do not take photos of the board.
  • Devices: You are expected to be connected with the course and course material. All devices not related to coursework (iPods, laptops, etc.) are to be turned off and put away for the entire duration of class.
  • Make-up work: Under normal circumstances I do not give make-up tests or homework. I will drop your lowest test grade and several low homework grades. If you miss one test it will be your dropped grade. (Please note that the final exam cannot be dropped.) The final exam cannot be given early. If you miss the final exam because of a documented illness or emergency, then I can give you a grade of incomplete (I) for the course and you will have to make up the final exam by the date set by the University.
  • Honor System: Any instance of cheating on tests and exams is considered an honor offence and is dealt with according to University policy.
  • You are expected to work lots of extra problems for practice. Please see the Exercise List on the course web page.
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