Math 101: Calculus I
Jimmy Peterson
Spring 2004

Instructor: Jimmy Peterson
Classes: MWF 9:00 am-9:50 am
Room: Sewall Hall 303 (campus map)
Office: 45, Herman Brown Hall (in the basement)
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm, Sunday 4:00-5:00pm, or by appointment
Help Sessions: Monday 7:00-9:00pm, Thursday 7:00-9:00pm
Phone: 713-348-2785
Course Web Page:


Please Note: Any student with a disability requiring accommodations is encouraged to contact me after class or during office hours. Additionally, students are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Services in the Ley Student Center.

1/14:Notice that the date of exam II has been changed to March 17.
1/14:Also note I have made significant changes to the syllabus.
1/14:Finally, I will be holding a one-time help session Thursday, February 15th, from 7:00 to 8:30 somewhere on the 4th floor of Herman Brown.
1/16:There will be help sessions Thursday nights from 7:00-9:00.
1/23:Note the addition of a Monday night help session and the deletion of Wednesday office hours.
1/25:I will not have office hours today as I am out of town.
2/9:The first exam will be in class on Wednesday, February 11, from 9 to 10
2/27:No office hours tomorrow or help session Monday the 1st or Thursday the 4th due to spring break. However, I will have office hours as usual, 4-5pm on Sunday the 7th.
3/15:The second exam will be in class on Wednesday, March 17, from 9 to 10
3/19:No office hours on Sunday, 3/21.
4/5:Office hours tomorrow are moved to 3-4pm.
4/5:The quiz will occur next week on Wednesday, April 14th.

Differentiation, extrema, Newton's method, integration, fundamental theorem of calculus, area, volume, natural logarithm, and exponential.

Course Textbook:
Edwards and Penney, Single Variable Calculus, Early Transcendentals, Sixth Edition.

Homework will be assigned each class (except for exam days) and will be due at the start of the second class after that one. That is, homework assigned Monday will be due at the beginning of Friday's class, and so on. Although this gives you several days to work on the problems, it is preferable to start them the night they are assigned.
The homework is not pledged. You are encouraged to discuss the homework, and to work together on the problems. Please use whatever resources aid you in learning the material, including computer assistance, help sessions, office hours, other students, professors, math books, etc. However, each student is responsible for the final preparation of his or her own homework papers. While the method of solution for a particular problem may be similar to that of other students, each student's presentation of the solution should be in his or her own words.
I am willing to discuss one or two homework problems each day in class.
I will also have in-class review examples before each exam to help students prepare.

Grading: All assessment will be based on your ability to communicate a correct solution and explain your reasoning. It is your responsibility to write in a way that tells me that you understand the problem and its solution. Your grade will be determined as follows:
Homework 30%
Exam 1 (~ February 11) 20%
Exam 2 (~ March 17) 20%
Quiz (1/3 of the Final) (~April 14) 10%
Final Exam (~ April 28-May 5)(Earlier for graduating students) 20%

Late Policy:
To receive credit, homework sets must be handed in on time at the beginning of the class period. Failure to do so will result in a score of at most 50%. If you have a legitimate conflict you must tell me ahead of time. However, you may turn in two homework sets late without penalty.

There will be 2 midterm exams, and a three hour scheduled final exam.

You do not need to purchase an expensive calculator for this course; a basic or scientific calculator will suffice for the few homework problems that require computation. Graphing calculators, when used appropriately, can serve as a wonderful visual aid to a calculus course. However, avoid relying upon them too much. No calculators will be allowed, or necessary, on exams.