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Calculus I (Math 170), Fall 2011


Basic course information and course syllabus

Basic course information, including the text book and my office hours, can be found in the course syllabus.




Homework assignments

Homeworks will count for 10% of your grade and will be done on the textbook website. Homeworks cannot be turned in late.

WebAssign homeworks can be found at http://www.webassign.net/login.html

Homework #1 Due Friday, Aug 26, start of class.

Please send me an e-mail from an account you use frequently. Put "Math 170" in the subject area. You may leave the message area blank, if you wish. calhoun@math.boisestate.edu

WebAssign is now up and running - see details.

Note : You may do this assignment either on WebAssign (details to follow) or turn in a hand written assignment.

Section 1.1 (page 10) : #1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, 26, 28, 37, 41, 45, 46, 55, 59, 60, 71.

Section 1.2 (page 19) : 5,6,7,8,11,13,14, 15, 17, 18, 27, 31, 34, 38, 42.

Homework #2 Due Friday, Sept. 2, start of class.

If you have not already sent me an e-mail, please do so now. Put "Math 170" in the subject; you can leave the message area blank.

This assignment is to be done on WebAssign. Problems will be listed there.

Not all problems that will be due are posted yet. You can expect a total of about thirty problems due on Friday. So please check back to see that all problems have been posted.

Details of how to log into WebAssign can be found here

If you already know how to login, you can go directly to WebAssign here.

Homework #3 Due Friday Sept. 9, start of class.

All problems are to be done on WebAssign, but I've listed them here in case you'd like to do them before hand. Be aware that the problems in the book are not exactly the same as those in WebAssign. Doing both sets of problems would be a good way to get extra practice.

Section 2.2 (page 74) : #4, 22, 23, 32, 36, 38, 39.

Section 2.5 (page 94) : #1, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, 38, 42, 49, 54.

Section 2.7 (page 104) : #1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 19, 21, 30, 33.

Go to WebAssign

Homework #4 Due Friday September 16, start of class.

Here is a list of problems that you can find in the book. It is worthwhile to look at the problems in the book, because the book may give hints as to how to do a problem that are not in on WebAssign.

Section 2.6 (page 98) : #17, 21 ,28, 31, 46.

Section 3.1 (page 125) : #1, 3, 6, 27, 29, 30, 33, 35, 37, 65

Section 3.2 (page 139) : #7, 10, 12, 18, 21, 35, 37, 43, 60, 61

Homework #5 Due Monday, Sept. 26, start of class.

Assignment is posted on WebAssign

Homework #6 Due Friday, Sept. 30, start of class.

Assignment is posted on WebAssign

Section 3.5 : #1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 25, 39, 40, 45.

Section 3.6 : #3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 24, 28, 34, 38, 39.

Section 3.7 : #2, 4, 6, 12, 14, 15, 19, 26, 28, 80.

Homework #7 Due Friday Oct. 7, start of class.

Assignment is posted on WebAssign

Section 3.7 : #17, 20, 25, 34, 39.

Section 3.8 : #1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33.

Section 3.9 : #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 16, 18, 19, 20, 31, 40.

Homework #8 Due Friday Oct. 14, start of class.

Section 3.9 : #11, 17, 24, 25, 30, 38, 55, 57, 58, 67, 68.

Section 3.10 : #10, 11, 18, 24, 26, 29, 31, 32.

Section 3.11 : #1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 23, 30, 32.

Homework #9 Due Friday Oct. 28, start of class.

Assignment is posted on WebAssign

Section 4.1 (page 213) : #1, 5, 8, 13, 18, 24, 25, 29, 33, 35, 40, 45, 48, 49, 65.

Section 4.2 (page 222) : #1, 2, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 29, 55, 61.

Homework #10 Due Friday November 4, start of class.

Assignment is posted on WebAssign

Section 4.3 (page 232) : #1, 2, 3, 8, 11, 21, 23, 26, 29, 32, 33, 38, 45, 49, 56.

Section 4.4 : #2, 6, 8, 11, 18, 20, 23, 25, 28, 33, 34, 46, 50, 51, 52.

To be turned in class on Friday 11/4 : Exam 2 practice problems

Homework #11 Due 11/11/2011, at 11:11PM!

Section 4.7 : #1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 21, 43, 45.

Section 4.4 : #12, 21, 22, 26, 30

Section 4.5 : #6, 8, 9, 12, 37

Section 4.7 : #15, 16, 25, 27

Homework #12 Due 12/6/2011, at 9:40

Section 5.1 : #7, 10, 21, 22, 27, 31, 35, 45.

Section 5.2 : #2, 4, 13, 29, 31, 36, 37, 38, 43, 45, 47, 57, 59, 60, 64, 74.

Section 5.3 : #2, 9, 14, 29, 38.

Section 5.4 : #3, 4, 9, 13, 21, 23, 31

Section 5.6 : #2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12, 17, 30, 42

Go to WebAssign WebAssign



Quizzes

Quizzes and shorter in-class exercises will be worth 10% of your grade.

Quiz #1 Friday, September 9, beginning of class.

Material will be from Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.5 and 2.7

Be prepared to use a calculator for the quiz.

Solutions posted here

Quiz #2 Friday, September 16, beginning of class.

Material will be from Sections 3.1 and 3.2

Quiz #3 Friday, Oct. 7, beginning of class.

Material will be taken from homework problems from sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.

Solutions posted here

Quiz #4 Friday, Oct. 14.

Material will be from 3.8, 3.9, 3.10

Solutions posted here

Quiz #5 Friday November 4.

Four problems from the homework from sections 4.3 and 4.4.

Solutions (page 1, page 2)

Quiz #6 Friday November 11.

Four problems from homework #11

Solutions to Quiz #6 (page 1)

Quiz #7 Tuesday December 6.

Four problems from homework #12

Solutions to Quiz #7 (page 1)



Midterms

Midterms will be held in our regular classroom, during the regular class meeting time. No calculators, cell-phones, notes, books will be allowed. Please show up on time so you have the full class period to take the exam.

Exam 2, problem 2 retake : You will be able to get credit for a retake exam (to be handed out shortly) if you turn in this this by Friday November 4.

Midterm #1 Wednesday, September 21.

Chapters 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6 and 3.1 and 3.2.

Midterm #2 Wednesday, October 19 and Friday October 20

Material covered : Chapter 3

Solutions to in-class review sheet (page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5)

Solutions to Part I of the exam (page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5)

Solutions to Problem 1, Part II of the exam (solns)

Midterm #3 Friday, November 18 (originally scheduled for Wed. November 16).

Review exercises

Solutions to review exercises (page1, page2, page3)

Exam 3 solutions (page1, page2, page3, page4)




Other useful information


The final exam (posted 12/7/2011)

The final for this course will on Monday December 12, from 10:30-12:30, in our regular classroom. Details on the final to follow.

Here is review for the final.

Here are the solutions for the review (page1, page2, page3, page4, page5, page6)


Solutions to in-class exercises #16(posted 12/8/2011)

In-class exercises done on Wednesday 12/7 (inclass_16.pdf, solns)


Grades so far... (posted 11/6/2011)

Keep in mind that these grades are only estimates at this point!


Grade Distribution for Midterm #2 (posted 10/23/2011)

Grades for the second midterm are shown in the graphs below.


Part II to come shortly...


More on the hyperbolic cosine and sine (posted 10/16/2011)

The animation below shows that both the circular functions (cosine and sine) and the hyperbolic cosine sine can be parameterized by the area swept out by a point as it travels along either the circle or the hyperbola.

In the above animation, assume that the point on the circle is parameterized in terms in argument t by

and that the hyperbolic, also parameterized by t is given by

Then both the red area and the blue area are given by 1/2 their respective arguments t.


The catenary and the hyperbolic cosine (posted 10/12/2011)

The curve traced out the by hyperbolic cosine (cosh(x)) describes the shape that a chain suspended from its endpoints would make. This shape, called a "catenary" is also used to build free standing arches. See here for more examples of the catenary curve.


Falling Ladder Paradox (posted 10/11/2011)

The classic "Falling Ladder Problem" often seen in Calculus texts as an example of a related rates problem has a physical paradox associated with it. As the height of the tip of the ladder leaning against the wall goes to zero, the speed of the tip becomes infinitely fast, according to the model used in most calculus courses. What is going wrong? You can read about the ladder paradox here and here.


Grade Distribution for Midterm #1

Grades for the first midterm are shown in the graph below.



First quiz announced (posted 8/30/2011)

Our first quiz will be on Friday, September 9. Details to follow will be posted here.


WebAssign is now available (posted 8/24/2011)

I've set up a WebAssign class for this course, and so you should now be able to log in, and do the first assignment. Here is what you will need to do:

Once you are logged in, you will have access to the homework assignment "Homework #1". Good luck! And please be sure to e-mail me if you have questions


Online-homework system (posted 8/22/2011)

Homeworks will be done on-line via WebAssign. As soon as I get the course set up, you will be able to then go on line (with details to come) and purchase access to the course and all assignments.


Send me an e-mail! (posted 8/21/2011)

Please send me an e-mail at calhoun@math.boisestate.edu so that I can compile an e-mail list for the class. At the very least, include a subject header that says "Math 170". You may leave the message area blank.


My office hours (posted 8/21/2011)

My office hours for this semester will be Wednesday 10:30-12:00, or by special appointment.


Course textbook (posted 8/21/2011)

Our course text books is "Calculus Early Transcendentals", second edition, by Jon Rogawski. This textbook is being used on a trial basis, and so you will be loaned a copy of the textbook to use for the semester at no cost. You will have to return your copy at the end of the semester. Other calculus courses are using the free online text by Whitman. This text is also available for you to use as a supplement to the Rogawski text.

You may also be interested in the online version of our text. When you purchase access to the WebAssign on-line homework system, you will also have the option of paying for access to the eBook version of the textbook.


ALEKS Assessment - Deadline midnight, Friday August 26th (posted 8/22/2011)

Don't forget to take the ALEKS assessment before midnight, August 26. Failure to take this assessment and get an acceptable score may result in a lower final grade for Calculus. Please click here for more information.


Learning Mathematics

General thoughts on learning mathematics.


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