Math 1700 - Calculus I, Science & Engineering

Control number 10748
Spring Semester 2012
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated January 7, 2012.

Time and location:  Class meets 12 - 12:50 p.m., MTRF, in 1360 Schneider Hall.  Final exam is Tuesday, April 24, 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:  2 - 3 p.m., MTR, or by appointment.

Course description (from the undergraduate catalog):  "The first of a two-semester sequence in differential and integral calculus which emphasizes applications and preparation for science and engineering (particularly physics). Vectors, functions, limits, continuity, techniques of differentiation, integration, and trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions." 

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1180 or by placement into the course. Placement may be determined by completing at least 3 1/2 years of college preparatory mathematics, including trigonometry, by ACT/SAT scores and/or by a Department of Mathematics placement mechanism.

Credits: 4 hours

Textbook:  Phillip Zenor, Edward E. Slaminka, Donald Thaxton, Calculus with Early Vectors, Prentice Hall, 1999.

Calculator:  The department requires a TI-89 (or higher) calculator for this course.  See .

Homework:  Here is the list of homework assignments for the semester.  Due dates will be announced in class.  Homework will usually be graded on an attempted/not attempted basis.

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (up to 100 pts), quizzes (up to 100 pts), three in-class exams (up to 300 pts, 100 pts each), and a final exam (up to 300 pts).  That is a total of 800 possible points.  I will be at least as generous as follows:  A-at least 720; BA-at least 680; B-at least 640; CB- at least 600; C-at least 560; DC-at least 520; D-at least 480. 

Exam dates:  Friday, February 3; Thursday, March 1; and Friday, April 6---all in class.  Final exam is Tuesday, April 24, 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework, but not quizzes or exams.  If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Augustin-Louis Cauchy on problems 5 and 7, and with Bernhard Riemann on problems 10 and 15").  Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own version of the solution.

Accommodation for Disabilities:  Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
"You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test."

Please visit and to access the Code of Honor and general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, student disabilities, etc.