Mathematics 165: Calculus I

Sections A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6

Fall 2004


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 will be available on the 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 instructor.  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. These assignments may also be found by clicking assignments.

Disabilities Statement:

If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Disability Resources (DR) office for information on appropriate policies and procedures. DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076; their phone is 515-294-6624.

Class meetings:

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 follows:
Section  Time  Place  Instructor
A1 Tuesday 8:00  Carver 2  Kriti Mukhopadhyay
A2 Tuesday 9:00  Carver 68  Aaron Allen
A3 Tuesday 9:00  Carver 60  Kriti Mukhopadhyay 
A4 Thursday 8:00  Carver 2  Aaron Allen
A5 Thursday 9:00 Carver 68  Aaron Allen
A6  Thursday 9:00  Carver 60  Kriti Mukhopadhyay

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Calculus eighth edition, by Varberg, Purcell, and Rigdon

Course Topics:

Help room:

The Mathematics Department runs a help room that is free to all students. The Help Room is in 196 Carver and is now open.   The hours are:
9 am to 3 pm
9 am to 1 pm
9 am to 3 pm
9 am to 1 pm
9 am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3 pm

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 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:

Schedule for exams

Link to list of objectives to be covered by exams

Sickness policy:

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 exam.

Last updated December 6, 2004.