Calculus I (Math 1220)

Instructor: Dr. Kirsty J Eisenhart         Office:  3329 Everett Tower

        Phone: 387 - 4529                                      e-mail:

        Mailbox: Everett Tower, 3rd floor (math dept office)

        Office Hours:    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 - 4pm or by appointment

Course Prerequisite:  A passing grade (C or better) in Math 1180 (or equivalent transfer credits) or a satisfactory score on an appropriate placement exam (ACT, SAT, WMU math placement exam). For example, one would need a math ACT score of at least 27 plus a trigonometry course to be eligible for calculus I.

Text:  Stewart,  Single Variable Calculus (Concepts and Context), 3rd Edition, Brooks/Cole.

Calculator:   You are required to have a graphing calculator for this course. The TI 85 or higher is needed.  If you already own a graphing calculator other than a Texas Instrument, check with me to see if it will suffice for this course.

Syllabus:   We will cover chapters 2 through 5 and selected topics from the above listed text book. Click on the following link to view a tentative schedule.
ALEKS Assessments
 Final Exam

Grading Scale:

90 -100%
85 - 89%
80 - 84%
75 - 79%
70 - 74%
65 - 69%
60 - 64%
below 60%

Homework/quizzes:   Attendance and homework are vitally important to obtaining an understanding of any mathematical material. I will therefore be assigning several homework problems from each section.  To give you feed back on your homework, I will have daily quizzes based on these problems.  There will be approximately 22 quizzes, and there will be no make-up quizzes.  For the occasional illness, I will drop the lowest 5 quiz scores at the end of the semester. To prepare yourself for the quizzes, I highly encourage you to discuss homework with your peers, but to then write the final draft of your homework alone (to make sure you can complete the problems during a quiz or exam). As mentioned on the homework listing, the assigned problems are intended for practice of new skills. The majority of you will need to do additional problems to master these skills for exams. You should expect to spend at least 2-3 hours outside class for each 50 minutes in class.

Presentations:   Most students must take an active rule in order to learn/ understand mathematics. For this reason each student will present at least one problem during the semester. The list of problems which will be presented can be found at the following link: Presentation Problems. Each presentation will be graded on both the board work and the verbal explanation. While preparing for your presentation, you may consult with whomever and whatever you wish.

Tests:   There will be 2 unit tests worth a total of 35% of your final grade. Most of the problems on the unit tests will be similar to or elaborations of homework, group work, and presentation problems. Other questions may test definitions, example problems, and/or class work. Note that answers to selected section problems and all chapter review problems are in the back of your text; you may wish to use these as practice problems for the exams. If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify me before the exam or a make-up will be denied.  The final is scheduled for Monday, April 21st 7:15-9:15pm and will be a comprehensive test worth 30%.

Incompletes:   According to University policy, incompletes are given only in those rare instances when extenuating circumstances have prevented a student from completing a small segment of the course. An incomplete is never given as a substitute for a failing grade. The last day a student can process an officially withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade is Monday, March 17th.

Student Conduct:   Please familiarize yourself with the student code of conduct and the definition of plagiarism. The use of mobile phone or two-way radios is strictly prohibited during class, unless it’s a life-and-death emergency. Silence your phones, beepers, iPods, etc. at the entrance of the classroom. For a complete copy of the code go to

WMU Policies and Procedures:     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 me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.