Mathematics 165: Calculus I

Sections D11, D12, D13, D14, D15, D16

Fall 2002


Gary M. Lieberman
office: Carver 422
telephone: 294-8136
More information: homepage


2 years of high school algebra, 1 year of geometry, 1 semester of trigonometry or enrollment in Math 141 or 142.


4 credits

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.

Class meetings:

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:
Section  Time  Place  Instructor
D11 T10  Carver 290  Adam Treslan
D12 T11  Carver 132  Adam Treslan
D13 T11  Carver 260  Kriti Mukhopadhyay 
D14 R10  Carver 290  Adam Treslan
D15 R11 Carver 132  Adam Treslan
D16  R11  Carver 260  Kriti Mukhopadhyay

Office hours and email contact:


Calculus: Early Vectors preliminary edition, by James Stewart.

Course Topics:

Help room:

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:

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:

Course Grading

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:

Tentative schedule for exams

Quiz description

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 in class): 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.

Sickness policy:

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 make-up exam.

Last updated December 22, 2002.