Mathematics 165: Calculus I

Sections 36-41.

Fall 2013


Stephen J. Willson
Office: Carver 411
Telephone: 294-7671
Fax: 294-5454

Final Exam The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 7:00-9:00 pm in Troxel 1001. The final exam covers sections 3.9-3.11, 4.1, 4.3-4.6, 4.8, 5.1-5.6, 7.1-7.2, 7.4 of the textbook.

E-mail contacts for instructor and teaching assistants


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 Blackboard.

Office hours

Office hours tentatively are MTWRF 1:10 - 2:00 in 411 Carver
Please also feel free to make an appointment if the office hours are inconvenient for you.

Class meetings

Lectures are MWF 4:10-5:00 pm in Carver 001. The first class is Monday, August 26, 2013, and the last class is Friday, December 13, 2013. There are no classes on Labor Day (September 2), the day after the evening midterm, and Thanksgiving Break (the week of November 25-29).



Calculus: Early Transcendentals with My Math Lab in My Labs Plus Student Access Kit, 12th edition, by Thomas. You will also need a binder for these pages. Note that this semester Math 166 is using a DIFFERENT text, so you should be careful not to buy the text for Math 166. When you need to take Math 166 next semester, the text will be the same one that you need for Math 165 this semester.

Approximate syllabus


Homework assignments are available at Daily Homework


Lecture challenge problems

Each lecture that does not have an exam will have a lecture challenge problem based on the material in the lecture. You will receive a score of 2 points if you answer the problem correctly and a score of 1 point if you answer the problem with an incorrect but reasonable answer. There is no way to make up a lecture challenge problem that you have missed or for which you have been absent.


Most recitations will include an inclass quiz worth 10 points on current material. Thus the recitations will account for 150 points in the course out of a total of 980 points, hence 15% of the course grade.

Grading distribution of points

Grades will be based on the number of points accumulated: Here is an estimated list of possible points:

Grading policies

Grades may include a plus or a minus. Grade cutoffs will be announced for each exam and quiz. The cutoff for a given level (for example A-) in the course will be the sum of the cutoffs for that level for each exam, etc.
The course coordinator may establish other minimum requirements on the basis of performance on the uniform midterm and final exams.

Khan Academy Differential Equations:

The Khan Academy includes a large number of short YouTube videos on many mathematical topics, from basic algebra through calculus and differential equations. All are free, and they take from 5 to 12 minutes each. A typical video works through one or two examples. In particular, there are lots of videos on Calculus. Often the order of topics differs from the order in Math 165.

For a full list of Khan Academy videos on calculus see Khan Academy Calculus.

General information about Math 165 and sample uniform exams

See information about the syllabus and objectives of Math 165, for a detailed description of the course as provided by the course coordinator. The same site also has samples of past uniform midterms and final exams.

Help room

The Mathematics Department runs a Help Room that is free to all students in calculus and pre-calculus. The Help Room is in 385 Carver. Its hours are
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Help Room begins September 3.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is a resource that is free to you, run by the Academic Success Center. The supplemental instructor meets regularly with those students who want to participate in order to help with problem-solving and reviews for exams. There is a supplemental instruction (SI) specifically geared to this particular section of Math 165. The instructor is Steve Anderson. For more information see the SI webpage for this course .
The weekly SI sessions are:

Pearson MyLabsPlus

MyLabsPlus is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment system coordinated with our textbook. Many homework assignments will be given in this format, graded by the computer. Students will have an unlimited number of tries on each problem, but there will be a hard deadline for each assignment, after which no more attempts may be made on a problem for that assignment. The access code is sold with the textbook in the bookstore. The web link is MyLabsPlus. The points on homework will be rescaled so that they count for 100 points in the course grade (about 10%).
For help with MyLabsPlus, see the following Frequently Asked Questions about MyLabsPlus

Information about the instructor

For more information about the instructor, visit the instructor's homepage.


Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.

Sickness policy

If you are sick the day of an exam or quiz, you should contact the instructor by phone that morning to arrange a timely make-up. The departmental has available on-line its policy on make-up exams and other class issues.


The course policy is that students are required to have a calculator for this class. Calculators should be capable of graphing functions and zooming in on the graphs. The most commonly used calculator in this course is the TI-89. This calculator is especially good for both calculus and differential equations courses: Math 165, 166, 265, 266, and 267. The TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, TI-85, and TI-86 are all acceptable for Math 165 but not as good for some later courses. Some exams and quizzes may need a calculator, and some may not permit the use of the calculator. Ask about calculator use on each exam or quiz.
For help in using your calculator, see your manual or else use web calculator help.

Lecture notes

Copies of the notes written during the MWF lectures are available on Blackboard, under Course Content.

Last updated August 22, 2013.