Calculus I

Dr. Abdul Hassen

Office:  Robinson Hall, Mathematics Department Room 229E

Phone:  256-4500 ext 3888.   E-mail: 

Office Hours: MTR   9:25am - 10:00am.

Prerequisites: Math 01122 (Precalculus ) or 60 on the CLM exam

Course Description: This course begins with a discussion of functions, the limit concept and continuity.  The concept of a derivative is introduced and the student learns to differentiate algebraic functions, exponential, functions, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Differentiation is applied to analysis of functions, extreme problems and to problems in related rates.  The integral as the unit of a sum is linked to the antiderivative by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and used to find areas. A graphing calculator is required for this course, and so is the use of computer software, such as Mathematica.  Students are expected to have completed an equivalent of (Math 01.122) Precalculus.

OBJECTIVES: Students will demonstrate the ability to: (i) compute limits; (ii) differentiate and integrate polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions; (iii) use differentiation to solve extreme and related rate problems, and (iv) use integration to find areas and volumes.

Text: Rogawski, Jon, Calculus: Early Transcendental, second edition, Combo (Mathematica) & CalPortal, 2008, Freeman

Content:  The following sections from the text will be covered in this course.

CHAPTER 1        Precalculus Review

All Sections will be reviewed with details left to the students

CHAPTER 2       Limits 

Sections 2.1 to 2.8 will be covered

 CHAPTER 3      Differentiation

                                    Sections 3.1 to 3.11 will be covered

CHAPTER 4        Applications of the Derivative  

Sections 4.1 to 4.9 will be covered

  CHAPTER 5       The Integral

                        Sections 5.1  to 5.6 will be covered

CHAPTER  6       Applications of the Integral

Section 6.1 will be covered

Grading Policy: Your final grades will be determined by your results on four tests, Mathematica and homework assignments, and class participation. The dates for each test will be announced in class two weeks before the test date. Thus attendance will be very important. The materials covered in the four tests will be as follows:

Test 1         (20% of the total grade)   Chapters 1 and 2

Test 2         (20% of the total grade)   Chapter 3  

Test 3         (20% of the total grade)   Chapter 4  

Test 4        (20% of the total grade)    Chapters 5 and 6


10% of your grade will be from homework assignments as well as class participation and 10% will be from Mathematica projects. (Here is project 1)

The letter grade assignment will be as follows:

A(A-) = 90 to 100   B(-,+) = 80 to 89   C(-,+) =  67 to 79    D(-,+) = 55 to 66   F = 0 to 54

Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory. An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class period. Please write your signature next to your printed name on the list. If you are absent/tardy from a class, you must submit a note requesting that the absence/tardiness be excused by the next class meeting. Each student is allowed a total of three unexcused absences/tardiness (combined). If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to study the section(s) covered and do the homework.

If you are absent the day of a regularly scheduled test, a grade of zero is automatically recorded as your test score. You will be permitted to make up this zero only when you can confirm that you were absent for reasons beyond your control.  In such cases, you must telephone 256-4500 extension 3888 (or send me an e-mail) and leave a message including your name and telephone number, the reason for your absence and the date you anticipate returning. Students who fail to leave the above information will be assigned the grade of zero for that test.

Academic Honesty: Cheating on a test or assignment seriously undermines the integrity of the academic system and will not be tolerated.  If I determine that a student has cheated, I will assign the grade of F for this course and send a letter to this effect to his advisor.  Although a student is not cheating, he or she is expected to refrain from actions that could be suspicious.  Using common sense on your part should avoid unnecessary embarrassment.

Classroom rules: · Students will abide by Rowan's student code of conduct and policy on academic honesty (p. 19 and p. 28 of Rowan 1999-2000 undergraduate catalog, respectively).  Improper behavior will not be tolerated.  Students are not permitted to leave the classroom during class period except for emergencies or unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Please use the restrooms before class begins.

Students with Disabilities and Special Needs: Please speak with me as early in the semester as possible so that we can make appropriate accommodations for you. If necessary, you can also contact the Office of Special Services.
Questions in Class: The best time to ask questions is during class. Many times students fear that their questions will seem foolish, while in fact, many others also have the same question.  I urge you to ask your questions during class. If you have questions that were not answered in class, you may stop by my office during my office hours.