Fall 2015

Calculus I - Honors

Math 1220


Professor Niloufer Mackey

(nil.mackey AT wmich DOT edu )



6618 Everett; Phone (269) 387-4594.

Office Hours

MWF 11am - noon; TR 3 - 4 p.m.; Other times by appointment. Right before class is definitely not a good time to see me.

Class Time

MTRF 1 - 1:50pm, Rood 3395. Please turn beepers and cell phones off during class. Regular attendance is required.


Satisfactory score on an appropriate placement exam (ACT. SAT, WMU math placement exam) or the completion of Math 1180 (or an equivalent college level precalculus course) with a grade of C or better.


Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Thomas, Weir, Hass. 13th edition. Addison Wesley. Please bring this text with you to every class.

Math Tutor Lab

Free help available in Rood 3378, M -- F.  Check http://www.wmich.edu/math/computer-tutor-labs for hours.

Other Resources

Student Solutions Manual,   contains solutions to the odd-numbered problems. If the bookstore does not have it, look for it on-line.
Calculus, Schaum's Outlines Series: 3000 solves problems in Calculus.   Low-priced, with oodles of solved practise problems, used by generations of calculus students. Look for it on-line.
Another low-priced resource is How to Ace Calculus: A Streetwise Guide by Adams, Hass and Thompson. Summarizes the important ideas, gives frank advice with generous helpings of humor.
Finally, a no-cost resource is Calculus  by Gilbert Strang, available on-line through the MIT Open Courseware project.


The department recommends a TI-89 or higher for this course.  Calculators may not be allowed on certain exams and quizzes.

*Course Rationale: Calculus has been described as the mathematics of change. In the real world, when we are trying to understand a quantity or process, we do not usually start with a formula. Rather, we start with some knowledge of the way in which the quantity changes. Calculus provides us with a precise language and a powerful tool for exploring this change, no matter what its source. Thus you will encounter the ideas of calculus throughout science -- in astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, economics, physics, psychology....

The ideas of calculus took centuries to develop and then refine, so you should expect to spend many hours of hard thinking every week to understand them!

*Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the central concepts and main applications of calculus.
  2. Develop sufficient compuational skills for subsequent calculus courses, and for applications to other areas.
  3. Develop abilities to tackle multi-step problems and to explain the process.
  4. Develop mathematical reasoning skills.
  5. Develop mathematical writing skills, including learning the proper use of mathematical notation.

*Syllabus:  Chapters 2 - 5, with Chapter 1 assigned as review as this material is covered in pre-calculus. We will skip Section 4.5.

*Attendance: Regular attendance is required.

*Homework:  Regularly check http://homepages.wmich.edu/~mackey/Teaching/122/hw122-f15.pdf for assigned problems. This page will be periodically updated; see if you have the lastest version by checking the date stamp at the end of the list of problems. It is essential to do the homework promptly.  Working together in study groups is highly recommended. Maintain a separate notebook of solutions. Write up neat, complete solutions, including reasoning and explanatory sentences. Homework is not collected, but you will almost certainly not pass the class if you do not do your homework.

*BoardWork:  You are asked to form groups of 4, for the purpose of presenting solutions to selected problems each week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These problems will be chosen from a designated set of homework problems. I will randomly select certain groups to present problems. The presenter from each group (a job to be rotated) should should come to class somewhat early and put up a solution to the assigned problem on the board. At the start of class, presenters will explain their solutions to the class. If no one from the group is prepared, everyone in the group gets -1. Otherwise, the presenter earns between 0 and 2 points, depending on correctness and clarity.

*Quizzes:  10-minute quizzes will be held every Friday at the end of the class period. There will be an additional quiz on Thursday, Sept 10 covering basic precalculus skills. No make-up quizzes will be given; instead, your lowest quiz score will be dropped. No calculators will be allowed on certain quizzes.

*Differentiation Test:  A 20 minute test on differentiation rules, will be given at the end of class on Fri Oct 23. No calculators will be permitted on this test, and no partial credit will be given for solutions. The purpose of this test is to encourage you to master the rules of differentiation.

*Exams:   Tentative dates for 50 miniute in-class exams are Fri Oct 2 and Tue Nov 24. A comprehensive two-hour Final Exam will be held during Finals Week, on Wed Dec 16, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

*Makeups for exams will be permitted only in those cases when a student documents a genuine medical or personal emergency. The lowest quiz score will be dropped, and no makeup quizzes will be given.



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Your course grade will be determined by the scale:















*Important Dates: 
          Mon Sep 14:  Drop/Add Ends
          Mon Nov 9: Last Day to Withdraw
          Nov 25 - 27:  Thanksgiving Break (begins at noon)
          Fri Dec 11:  Last day of instruction
          Wed Dec 16:  12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Final Exam (for this class)

*Academic Integrity:  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 in the catalog 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.

* Incompletes: Departmental rules will be followed regarding ``I'' (Incomplete) grades. An ``I'' grade may be assigned only when circumstances beyond the student's control prevent completion of a small segment of the course. Incompletes will not be granted under any circumstances when a student is doing unsatisfactory work; such students are advised to withdraw from the course.

* University e-mail policy:   The only email address to be used for communication between WMU students and faculty and staff is the email address associated with a BroncoNet ID.  Students cannot automatically forward email from this address to other addresses.  Students can access this email account or get instructions for obtaining a BroncoNet ID at GoWMU.wmich.edu.

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