MATH 1910
Calculus I
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Memphis

Course Description:
MATH 1910 is a four-hour course, the first part of a three-semester sequence.

This course is intended to introduce first-year college students to the mathematical concepts,
tools, and analysis necessary for a successful career in mathematics, science, or engineering.

It is not intended for business students or life science majors, who should instead take MATH 1830.

(Note: You may not use both MATH 1830 and MATH 1910 to fulfill degree requirements.)


The material in a first-semester calculus course may be divided into four parts of equal length.

Part 1, Functional Analysis, is a review of material taught in a pre-calculus course, along with
an introduction to the concept, definition, and calculation of limits.  Part 2, Differential Calculus,
introduces the definition of the derivative in terms of the limiting value of a difference quotient.
We will spend a lot of time using this definition to give proofs of the Rules for Derivatives.

Part 3 consists of Applications of Calculus to mathematics, science, and economics.  Finally,
Part 4 is an introduction to Integral Calculus, serving as the bridge to Calc II, MATH 1920.

Course Prerequisites:
Three years of high school algebra and analytic geometry, or MATH 1730.

Text:
Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Stewart (8th edition).
The bundled package at the university bookstore includes access to the WebAssign
online homework website. 

Course Content:
Chapters 1 through 5 from the text.

Instructor:
D. P. Dwiggins, PhD (send e-mail: ddwiggns@memphis.edu)
Office:
Room 368, Dunn Hall (third floor)
Telephone:
678-4174
Website:
dpdsdogs.com/dpd/math/

Course Evaluation:
There will be four 100-point tests, a number of quizzes and written homework assignments,
plus optional online assignments using WebAssign.  The final exam will cover the entire semester.

Grade Calculation:
The final exam is also worth 100 points which, giving a total of 500 points. The final exam, if higher, can be
counted twice, dropping the lowest of the other test scores.  Your written homework average will also be
used to replace a test score.  Finally, if you completed the online assignments, I will use that include that
in your semester average if it is to your advantage.  Once the semester average has been computed,
grades are assigned according to the Grade Scale .

Make-Up Policy:
Three-day make-up period for missed test or exam.

Attendance Policy:
As needed for purposes of reporting to the University.

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