Mathematics 165: Calculus I
Sections A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
Gary M. Lieberman
office: Carver 422
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2 years of high school algebra, 1 year of geometry, 1 semester of
trigonometry or enrollment in Math 141 or 142.
Current course grades
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web by clicking grades.
Scores are listed by the last 4 digits of the university ID numbers. If
a score has been incorrectly recorded, you should contact the
Midterm grades are now on the web.
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 recitation section for grade.
assignments may also be found by clicking assignments.
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Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires
accommodations, he/she should contact the Disability Resources (DR)
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their phone is 515-294-6624.
Lectures are MWF 9:00 - 9:50 in Carver 1. The first class is Monday,
August 23, 2004, and the last class is Friday, December 10, 2004. There
are no classes on Labor Day (September 6), the day after the midterm
(October 8), and Thanksgiving Break (the week of November 22-26). In
addition to lectures there is one discussion section per week as
Office hours and email contact:
- Instructor (Professor Lieberman):
Office: 422 Carver
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 - 10:50,
Tuesday and Thursday 2:10 - 3:00. Click here to
modifications to this schedule.
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inconvenient for you.
- Aaron Allen
Office: 487 Carver
Office hours: to be announced
- Kriti Mukhopadhyay
Office: 489 Carver
Office hours: to be announced
Calculus eighth edition, by Varberg, Purcell, and Rigdon
- Chapter 2: Functions and Limits
- Chapter 3: The Derivative
- Chapter 4: Applications of the Derivative
- Chapter 5: The Integral
- Chapter 7: Transcendental Functions
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students. The Help Room is in 196 Carver and is now open.
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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
- 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 3.24551)
- 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 homework within the recitation section. 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 the 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 @ 100 points yields 100 points
- Total 850 points
Schedule for exams
Link to list of
objectives to be covered by exams
- Friday, September 3 in Carver 1 during class (covering Chapter
2). A practice exam and short
answers (not enough to get full credit in an actual exam situation)
are now available in
PDF format. Solutions to the first exam
are now available, too.
- Wednesday, September 29 in Carver during class (covering Chapter
3). You will need a "Blue Book" for this exam. A
practice exam and short answers are now available in PDF format.
- Uniform midterm Thursday, October 7, 8:00-9:30 pm (covering
Chapters 2 and 3 and Section 1 of Chapter 4). It will be in
Kildee 125. Unlike the in-class, exams, the midterm will consist of two
parts. The first part, labeled "pencil and paper", is to be done
without a calculator and must be turned in before 8:30. The second
part will consist of longer problems and may be done using a calculator.
A practice exam and
short answers (to the practice exam) are also available now.
- Wednesday, October 20 in Carver 1 during class (covering Sections 4.1,
4.2, 4.3, and 4.4). A
practice exam, short answers, and
solutions to the third exam are now available
in PDF format
- Friday, November 12 [note the rescheduling of this exam] in Carver 1 during class (covering Sections 4.6,
4.7, 11.3, and Sections 5.1 through 5.4). A practice exam,
short answers to the practice exam and
solutions to the fourth exam are now available in PDF format. You will not need a Blue Book for this exam.
- Uniform final exam Wednesday, December 15, 12 noon to 2 pm (covering
Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, along with Section 11.3) in Gilman 1002. A
practice test is
available. You can also see the
If you are sick the day of an exam, you should contact the instructor
by phone or e-mail on the day of the exam to arrange a timely make-up
Last updated December 6, 2004.