MATH 180, Spring 2009

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Course information:

Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 231
Primary office hours: Monday 12–13, Thursday 11–12
Secondary office hours: Wednesday 11–12, Tuesday 13–14
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Lecture: MWF 10:00–10:50 AM in Natural Sciences Building LL30
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework.
Description: Differential and integral calculus of polynomial, logarithmic, and exponential functions with applications.
Special notes: Does not count toward mathematics major or minor. Credit not granted for both MATH 180 and 205.
Textbook: Applied Calculus by S.T. Tan, University of Louisville custom edition.
Objectives: In this class, we will review the commonly encountered transcendental functions, including logarithmic and exponential functions. We will learn to take derivatives and integrals of functions, and discover applications of the derivative and integral.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives for each day. You are expected to be active participants in class, and to attend examinations. Assignments are provided for your benefit and you are expected to work on them as necessary to grasp concepts for the course.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention during the first week of class. Unscheduled absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with exceptions generally made only for documented emergencies.
Calculators: Calculators are unnecessary for any in-class work, and may not be used on quizzes or examinations. Calculators will also be unnecessary for most homework problems, but may be used at your discretion. For any calculation more complicated than the evaluation of functions, you are expected to show your work.
Honesty: There are many resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation during office hours, secondary textbooks, and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all papers handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: Homework is ungraded and is provided for study purposes. Quizzes will be based on the homework problems, and will account for 20% of your grade. The three midterm examinations will each be worth 20%, and the final examination is worth 20%. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A– or better, 80% guarantees a B– or better, and 70% guarantees a C– or better.
Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Course schedule

This schedule is tentative and may not reflect our progress at any particular time in the class; treat this as a rough guide only.

Week Monday Wednesday Friday
January 7
Section 2.1
Januay 9
Section 2.2
January 12
Section 2.3
January 14
Section 2.4
January 16
Quiz #1
January 19
MLK holiday
January 21
Section 2.5
September 23
Section 2.6
January 26
Section 3.1
January 28
Section 3.2
January 30
Quiz #2
February 2
Section 3.3
February 4
Section 3.3
February 6
Exam #1
February 9
Sections 3.4, 3.5
February 11
Section 3.7
February 13
Quiz #3
February 16
Section 4.1
February 18
Section 4.2
February 20
Section 4.3
February 23
Section 4.3
February 25
Section 4.4
February 27
Quiz #4
March 2
Section 4.5
March 4
Section 4.5
March 6
Exam #2
March 9
Section 5.1
March 11
Section 5.2
March 13
Quiz #5
March 16–20
Spring break
March 23
Section 5.3
March 25
Section 5.4
March 27
Section 5.5
March 30
Section 5.6
April 1
Section 6.1
April 3
Quiz #6
April 6
Section 6.2
April 8
Section 6.2
April 10
Exam #3
April 13
Sections 6.3, 6.4
April 15
Section 6.5
April 17
Quiz #7
April 20
April 22
April 24
No class
Wednesday, April 29
Final exam, 8:00AM–10:30AM

Schedule of assignments

Boldface problems are more advanced and will test problem-solving skills beyond the core of the course material. Where numbers are separated by slashes, the first number represents the Thomson release, the second the Cengage release (the publisher's name aappears at the bottom of the binding, on a white or black background). "DNE" is a abbreviation, here as in class, for "does not exist"; some good problems were removed from the Cenage edition to make room for rather stupider problems.

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