MATH 200 Sections 7
Trani Life Sci. 0250
Phys. Sci. 3059
Virginia Commonwealth University
|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 real-world
problems. 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.
|COURSE STRUCTURE & MODALITY:
|| This course is taught in VCU's hybrid-asynchronous
(RONC) modality. You will watch video lectures, read and
study outside of class on your own time. Classroom meetings
will be used for informal discussions of material, review or
practice sessions, and quizzes & exams. A typical
week will be structured as follows:
You are expected to work enough exercises that you are
prepared for quizzes and exams.
- MONDAY: Discussion, Q&A and practice of course
- WEDNESDAY: Discussion, Q&A and practice of course
content; Quiz or Exam.
- FRIDAY: Normally this is a free day (no class).
Occasionally I may hold optional review sessions or hold
extra office hours on Fridays.
Important: This is a blended hybrid class. All
quizzes and exams will be on campus, in class. If
you are not able to attend class for quizzes and exams,
then you should drop this course and register for a course
that is fully online.
Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd or 3rd
edition, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett (published by
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to reduce your
expenses, I will not assign any required reading or
exercises from the above textbook. Instead you can
refer to my online course notes,
as described below. These notes include examples,
exercises and solutions. I will assign practice problems
from the notes. The course calendar lists weekly readings
for both the Course Notes and the Briggs & Cochran
||MyMathLab is a web-based system on which you
can work practice problems with feedback and hints. (You may
already have a subscription of you've taken MATH 200 at VCU
before.) I will not assign any homework or assignments
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 Briggs &
Cochran textbook). If you want to purchase a subscription,
instructions are here.
Please note that you can also get a free three-week trial
||Course materials are on my Calculus I page (NOT
on Blackboard or Canvas). Go to www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/Math200/
Here you will find links to:
- Course Calendar (Schedule
of coverage, assignments, and dates of quizzes &
- Course Notes (Organized
in Chapters that parallel the video lectures. These
include examples, exercises and solutions.)
- Video Lectures (Watch
these according to schedule on the course calendar.)
- Exercise List (A list
of odd-numbered exercises from the Course
Notes that you should do for practice. Solutions
are at the end of each chapter.)
- Test Archive (An archive of
all old tests and quizzes that I have given in MATH 200,
|| These PDF documents contain explanations,
examples, and exercises (with solutions to odd-numbered
exercises). They are organized in chapters
that parallel the video lectures. (For example,
Lecture 3 corresponds to Chapter 3, etc.) To find them go to
the course page www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/Math200/
and click on Course Notes
|CALCULATOR & SOFTWARE
||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 quizzes and exams. The same goes for software. We will NOT
use any software in class or for assignments. Expect pencil
- Midterm: There is one midterm exam.
See the course calendar.
- Quizzes: There are frequent quizzes (usually
two per week). See the course calendar.
- Final Exam: The final exam is cumulative,
potentially including any topic discussed in lectures.
- Engagement: You are expected to be
intellectually and positively engaged in the course.
|The 10-point grading scale is
|| (Clear mastery of
|| (Ready for MATH 201)
|| (Pass, but not yet
prepared for more advanced math courses)
|| (Marginal pass)
|Your final average will be
computed as follows:
|Final Exam grade
Your five lowest quiz grades will
be dropped. Your final exam grade, if higher than your
midterm grade, will replace your midterm grade.
|HOW TO STUDY FOR THIS COURSE:
|| You can do well in calculus
if you study and practice daily. Many ideas in calculus can
take some time to sink in; you will not learn them
instantaneously. The key is to take a few small steps
each day. (Attempting big steps only once per week---or
worse, only before a test---is a recipe for failure.)
Here are some tips for this course:
- Consult the Course Calendar often. See what chapters
are referenced and watch the corresponding video
lecture(s) prior to that date. (The video lectures have
the same numbering as the course notes chapters. For
example, Lecture 4 is for Chapter 4, etc.)
- Read the course notes or text actively with pencil
& paper, checking details.
- Consult the Exercise List and work the indicated
exercises in the course notes until you obtain fluency.
Answers to odd-numbered exercises are at the end of each
- Work the assigned (even-numbered) exercises from the
course notes. We will discuss them in class and you can
check your answers then.
- Though class attendance is not always required, it is
strongly encouraged. In missing a class you may also
miss valuable insights, practice and experience. Miss
class at your own risk.
- Depending on your learning style, working in study
groups can be helpful. However, be ready to do the
quizzes and exams on your own!
- Let me know if you have any questions.
- Attendance: Attendance is not normally taken.
You are responsible for all material covered in
- Important: All exams and quizzes are on campus
- Devices: While attending on-campus
class meetings, you are expected to be connected with
the course and course material. All devices not related
to coursework (phones, etc.) should be put away for the
entire duration of any class.
- Make-up work:
- Quizzes: Under normal circumstances I do
not give make-up quizzes. I will drop at least five
of your lowest quiz grades. If you miss a quiz, it
will count as a dropped grade (up to the number of
dropped quiz grades).
- Midterm Exam: I will consider a makeup
midterm exam if you have a documented reason for
missing it. The request must be made on or before
the day of the midterm. The makeup midterm will be
taken on campus (not remotely).
- Final Exam: 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 is considered an honor offense and is dealt
with according to University policy.
- You are expected to work lots of
extra problems for practice.
|LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW: Friday