MT102 Calculus I (Math/Sci) Fall 2012

Prof. Dan Chambers
365 Carney Hall
617-552-3769
chambers@bc.edu (best method)

Office Hours: M12-1, W10-11, F1-2

MT102 is a course in differential (and some integral) calculus. In it we study functions and their properties, graphs, limits, derivatives,  applications of the derivative, and introductory integration.  Calculus is an important tool- and language- used by natural and social scientists to describe and understand complex systems.  Our goal is to master the main theoretical ideas of differential and integral calculus, to understand how we use these ideas to describe diverse applied phenomena, and to learn to use calculus to solve interesting mathematical and scientific problems.  We also hope that you will develop an appreciation for the intrinsic aesthetic beauty of the ideas and concepts of calculus.


Course materials: (i) We will use Calculus Of A Single Variable:  Early Transcendental Functions 5th Ed.  by Larson/Edwards, ISBN 053873552

(ii) You will need an account on WebAssign, an online homework site. Go to the site\\ http://www.webassign.net and click on the box that says ``I have a class key.''  Our class key is bc 5206 2332 (the institution code is bc and goes in the first box; the next two 4 digit numbers go in the next two boxes).

(iii) You'll need a basic scientific calculator capable of trig, exponential and log functions.  A graphing calculator might be useful but isn't required.
 
The textbook and WebAssign subscription are available as a package at the BC bookstore.  You may alternatively purchase or rent either a (hardback or softback) print copy or e-book directly from Cengage; go to cengage.com and enter the ISBN. You will need a WebAssign subscription; this is available as part of a bundled package that includes an e-book from Cengage (see the link on that page). If you have the book already, you can purchase WebAssign directly from WebAssign.net.

 Here is a copy of the syllabus.

Calendar of classes, homework assignments, and exams.

Free walk-in tutoring has begun. It's held in Carney 309. Here is a copy of the schedule.

Note: this is a work in progress and changes will be made; check back for updates.







Date
Section/Topic Covered 

 HW assigned
HW due, solns
September



5
intro, 1.1



7
1.2

HW#1, WA#1

10
1.3



12 1.5



14 1.5/ 1.6

HW#2, WA#2
HW#1, WA#1
17
1.6, 2.2



19
2.2



21
2.2 limits via epsilon-delta

HW#3, WA#3
HW#2, WA#2
24 2.3/2.4




26
2.3/2.4



28
2.4/2.5

HW#4,
WA#4
HW#3
add'al probs
WA#3
October




1
Exam 1 (through 2.3)
solutions



3
3.1



5
3.1/3.2


HW#4
add'al prob
10
3.2



12
3.3

HW#5
WA#5


15 3.4



17
3.4

HW#6
WA#6

19
3.5


HW#5
WA#5
22
3.5/3.6



24
3.6


HW#6 add'al problem
WA#6
26
Exam 2
solutions

HW#7
WA#7

29
BC closed



31
3.7


November




2
3.7


HW#7
5
3.8/4.1

HW#8
WA#8
WA#7
7
4.1



9
4.2



12
4.3



14
4.4


HW#9
WA#9
HW#8
WA#8
16
Exam 3
solutions



19
4.5



26
4.7

HW#10
WA#10
HW#9
WA#9
28
4.7,/5.1



30
5.1/5.2



December



3
5.2


HW#10
5
5.3


WA#10
7
5.4



10
5.4




December 19 12:30
Final Exam