Mathematics 165: Calculus I
Sections D11, D12, D13, D14, D15, D16
Gary M. Lieberman
office: Carver 422
More information: homepage
2 years of high school algebra, 1 year of geometry,
1 semester of trigonometry or enrollment in Math 141 or 142.
Current course grades
Current course grades and all recorded scores are
available on the web by clicking grades.
Scores are listed by the last 6 digits of the university ID numbers. If
a score has been incorrectly recorded, you should contact the instructor.
Final course grades are now available.
Most homework assigned will be ungraded. Ungraded
problems on the homework will usually be the basis for the beginning
of the next class period. Most homework assignments will also include
a few problems to be turned in the next class period for grade. These
assignments may also be found by clicking assignments.
Lectures are MWF 11:00 - 11:50 in Marston 207. The
first class is Monday, August 26, 2002, and the last class is Friday,
December 13, 2002. There are no classes on Labor Day (September 2),
the day after the midterm (October 11), and Thanksgiving Break (the
week of November 25-29). In addition to lectures there is one discussion
section per week as follows:
Office hours and email contact:
- Instructor (Professor Lieberman):
Office: 422 Carver
Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 2:10 - 4:00,
Tuesday 2:10 - 3:00. Click here to see
modifications to this schedule.
Please also feel free to make an appointment if the
office hours are inconvenient for you.
Office: 441 Carver
Office hours: Monday 2-3, Tuesday and Thursday 1-2
Office: 489 Carver
Office hours: Monday 3:30-4, Tuesday 2-3, Wednesday
3:30-4, Thursday 2-3
Calculus: Early Vectors preliminary edition,
by James Stewart.
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Vectors and Vector
- Chapter 2: Limits and Rates of Change
- Chapter 3: Derivatives
- Chapter 4: Inverse Functions: Exponential, Logarithmic,
and Inverse Trigonometric Functions
- Chapter 5: Applications of Differentiation
The Mathematics Department runs a help room that is
free to all students. The Help Room is in 196 Carver. It begins
operation on September 4. Its hours are
Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is available Monday
8:00 to 9:30 pm and Thursday 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Carver 128.
The SI instructor is John Maly.
Information about the instructor:
For more information about the instructor, click here.
Students are required to have a calculator for this
class. Calculators should be capable of graphing functions and
zooming in on the graphs. The department recommends the TI-85 calculator.
Some students will prefer the more elaborate and more expensive TI-92.
Bring the calculators to class and to exams. You should also know
how to use your calculator to perform the following tasks:
- plot two functions on the same graph
- evaluate a function at a number (for example,
if you call the function f and you evaluate f(1)=3.24551,
you should be able to evaluate f(3.24551) without typing the number
- find where a function is zero graphically
- find where two functions have the same value
Course grades will be based on the number of course
points accumulated. Course points will be awarded for four in-class
exams, one departmental midterm exam, and one final exam. There
will also be graded work within the recitation section, including
some graded homework. All graded work will be announced ahead of time.
Grade cutoffs will be approximately 90% for A, 80% for B, 70%
for C, and 55% for D with the exact cutoffs determined by class performance
on exams. Plus/minus guidelines will be at the discretion of the instructor
(in which case, expect 90% to be the cut-off for A-, not for A).
In addition, the midterm and final exams will have a different format
from the in-class exams, and they are likely to have lower scores than
the in-class exams.
The course coordinator may establish other minimum
requirements on the basis of performance on the uniform midterm
and final exams.
Here is an approximate distribution of course points:
- 4 hour exams @ 100 points each yield 400 points
- 1 uniform midterm @ 150 points
- 1 final exam @ 200 points yields 200 points
- Homework @ 50 points yields 50 points
- Take-home quizzes and quizzes in recitation
@ 50 points yields 50 points
- Total 850 points
Tentative schedule for exams
- Friday, September 20 in Marston 207 during class.
A practice exam
is now available on the web.
- Uniform midterm Thursday, October 10, 8:00-9:30
pm. If your TA is Adam, your midterm is in Coover 2245; if
your TA is Kriti, your midterm is in Agronomy 2050. To find
the practice exam, go to www.math.iastate.edu/calculus
and follow the appropriate link there.
- Friday, October 25 in Marston 207 during class.
exam is now available on the web.
- Wednesday, November 13 in Marston 207 during
- Friday, December 6 in Marston 207 during class.
- Uniform final exam Tuesday, December 17, 7:00-9:00
p.m. If your TA is Adam, your midterm is in Coover 2245; if your
TA is Kriti, your midterm is in Agronomy 2050. To find the
practice final exam, go to www.math.iastate.edu/calculus
and follow the appropriate link there. I have also posted the solution to General Problem 6 from the practice
There will be 15 quizzes of 10 points each; some will
be take-home quizzes and some will be given in recitation. You
can accumulate no more than 50 quiz points. Warning: quiz questions
need not be relevant to the course and some quizzes will be harder
than others. Here are some sample quiz questions (Answers will be announced
The first quiz will be during your recitation section
the week of September 2. The second quiz will be during your
recitation section the week of September 9. The third quiz is a take-home
due Tuesday, September 17 at 5 pm with solution now included. The fourth quiz is a
take-home due Wednesday, September 25 at 4 pm with solutions now included.
The fifth quiz is a take-home due Wednesday,
October 2 at 4 pm, click here for
the solution (in more detail than needed for full credit). The
sixth quiz will be during your recitation section the week of October
7. The seventh quiz is a take-home due Monday,
November 4 at 4 pm. The eighth quiz will be during your recitation
section the week of November 4. The ninth quiz is a take-home due Friday, November
22 at 4 p.m. The tenth quiz will be during your recitation section
the week of November 18. The eleventh
quiz (answer: between 6.3 and 6.4 miles) and the twelfth quiz (answer: a=-3, b=7)are take-homes
due Wednesday, December 4 at 4 p.m. The thirteenth quiz is a take home due Friday, December
6 at 4 p.m. The fourteenth and fifteenth quizzes are take-homes due at 4 p.m. on
December 9 with solutions now included.
- What is the capital of Australia? (Answer: Canberra)
- Using pencil and paper, find the derivative
of the function f(x)=sin (x^2). (Answer: f'(x)=cos(x^2)2x.)
- Who is Steeleye Span?
- Who was the first president of Iowa State University?
(Answer: James A. Hilton)
If you are sick the day of an exam, you should contact
the instructor by phone on the day of the exam to arrange a timely
Last updated December 22, 2002.