Math 1251, Spring 2006

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Hall
Office: 229 Barbelin
Office Hours:  M 11-12, T 2-3, R 3:45-4:45
Telephone: (610) 660-3096 (Office)

Course Description: This course covers the fundamental topics of functions, limits, and derivatives with emphasis on methods, optimization, and applications in business, economics and life sciences. It is especially directed towards Biology, Business and Social Science majors in order to provide a valuable and useful device to help them solve problems.

Prerequisite:  MAT 1201 or adequate performance on the calculus readiness test.

Text:  Applied Calculus, 3rd edition, by Berresford and Rockett, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  We will cover parts of chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and some supplementary material. This list is subject to change.

Calculators: You should bring a graphing calculator to every class.  You can use any calculator that does not do symbolic differentiation (in the TI system, you can use anything below TI-89).  Please see me if you are in doubt about your calculator.

Homework:  Homework assignments will be posted on Blackboard.  They will be collected once a week, and the lowest grade will be dropped.  You should start working on the homework problems for a section as soon as that section is covered in class.

Tests: There will be three tests, spaced throughout the semester.  The final exam will be given during finals week.   Makeup tests will only be given to students who contact me within 48 hours of missing a test.  Students with a valid, verifiable reason for missing a test may take a makeup without penalty if they bring a note; those who have missed a test without a valid, verifiable reason may take a makeup with a 30% penalty, assuming that they contact me within 48 hours.   Valid excuses include illness, death in the family, or an official university activity such as an athletic event.  The final will be cumulative.  You have the option of replacing your lowest test grade with your final exam grade.

Class participation: Students who come to class prepared every day, demonstrate their preparedness by answering questions when called on, and participate in all class activities will receive full credit.  If you have been absent or unprepared for class, you can gain class participation points by presenting homework problems or other material to the class and volunteering to answer difficult questions. 

Grades: Grades will be weighted as follows:

45%  three test grades
35%  final exam grade
15%  homework grades
  5%  class participation

The grade cutoffs are 94% A, 90% A-, 87% B+, 84% B, 80% B-, 77% C+, 74% C, 70% C-, 67% D+, 60% D, and below 60% F. Grades may be curved at the end of the semester.

Academic Honesty: Dishonesty includes cheating on a test, falsifying data, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (plagiarism), and helping another student cheat or plagiarize. At the very least, an academic honesty infraction will result in the filing of a violation report and a grade of zero on that particular assignment; serious or repeated infractions of the Academic Honesty policy will result in failure of the course. For complete information about the University’s policy on Academic Honesty, consult the Student Handbook 2005-2006.

Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory.  Although I do not have a rigid cut policy, anyone who has missed lots of classes and is doing poorly in the course should not expect much sympathy from me.  If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the notes and assignments from another student and make sure your homework is turned in on time. In case of illness or other emergency, notify me by e-mail (

Course Goals:  The student should be able to