MATH 140 Spring 2019

Course Syllabus

Course Goals and Objectives: In the first part of this course we will introduce the fundamental concept of limit and will study the properties of slope and rate of change of a function (derivatives). The aim is to understand the meaning and different interpretations of derivatives and to master all differentiation rules. We will then discuss the Mean Value Theorem and will develop some systematic strategies for curve sketching and for solving optimization problems. In the second part of the course we will study integrals and some of their applications. It will be crucial to understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and master some basic integration techniques.
In this class, you will be actively engaged in the learning process, learn critical thinking skills, and develop problem-solving strategies.

Prerequisite: Math 022, Math 026; or Math 040 or Math 041; or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination.

Content: In this course we will cover most of Chapters 2 - 6 from the textbook.

Textbook: James Stewart: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition.

Homework: There is a list of homework assignments that will be updated on a regular basis. Homework problems will not be collected for grading. However, they are especially relevant for the material covered in class and it is therefore important that you take them seriously. You are expected to work on and understand all of the assigned problems.

WebAssign: In addition to the problems on the list of homework assignments, your instructor may require weekly online homework on WebAssign, see your instructor's page. Students are responsible for keeping track of any posted assignments on the WebAssign platform, and for their completion before the due dates. Late online homework will not be accepted.

To sign up for WebAssign you need an individual class key that your instructor will provide to you at the beginning of the semester. In case you misplace your class key or if you enroll in MATH 140 late, you must contact your instructor to request your class key. See the WebAssign Quick Start Guide for further information.

Evaluation: Grading Policy (further details will be given by your instructor):
  • Weekly Assessment
  • 26% see instructor's page
  • Midterm 1
  • 16% Thursday, January 31
  • Midterm 2
  • 16% Thursday, February 28
  • Midterm 3
  • 16% Thursday, April 4
  • Final Exam
  • 26% April 30, 10:00A.M. - 11: 50 A.M., 102 A Smith

    Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

    90% » A,  80% » B,  70% » C,  60% » D,  less than 60% » F
    (These percentages are approximate and subject to change).

    The assignment of + and - will be decided at the end of the semester according to the overall class performance.

    No calculators or any other electronic devices will be allowed on graded assignments.

    Make-up exams will be given only to students with a legitimate excuse and by prior arrangement with the instructor. Otherwise, missing exams will get a score of 0. For more informarion, please refer to Penn State policy 42-27.

    Academic Integrity: All Penn State policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course. Any form of cheating on an assignment will result in a 0 for the grade on that assignment. Serious forms of cheating will be referred to the appropriate University offices and can lead to suspension or expulsion from the University.

    General Information: Class attendance is HIGHLY recommended and class participation is expected. The material is a combination of theory and calculations, and it is necessary to understand some theory in order to do sensible calculations and interpret them correctly. Questions are welcome at ANYTIME.

    Cancellations: For information about snow days schedule, class cancellations, and delays, please check the Penn State Altoona website.

    Help: If you have difficulties, don't wait until the last minute to get help. Make use of our office hours, our email, the Learning Resources Center, and your own classmates.

    Advice: Unlike many other subjects, mathematics skills are not acquired by memorizing! Learning mathematics requires consistent hard work and a lot of practice! Make sure to work on the material on a regular basis. Successful students spend 8 to 12 weekly hours working on and discussing homework problems with the instructor (office hours), with classmates, and possibly with tutors.

    All policies and provisions pertaining to academic integrity, disability accommodations, counseling and psychological services, educational equity, and emergencies as desbribed on the Altoona College Faculty Senate Syllabi Site apply to this course.

    This syllabus is subject to change at any time. Changes will be announced in class. You are responsible for checking this website for updates.