Calculus I Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Engineering 201C

Office Hours

Office Hours:

I will be holding my office hours everyday after class!  If you need me during the day, you can see my class schedule to see which room I wil be in and I will be happy to meet with you after ANY of my classes (not just the one you are in!)

** I am also always available through email if you need immediate assistance – please email (You will reach me by email much faster than by my office phone).

You will be provided with my cell phone number (and rules!) during the first class..

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MATH-2413-002 Calculus I


Prerequisite: MATH 1414 and MATH 1316-minimum grade of C, or Department Chair consent

Course Description

Limits and continuity; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule, mean value theorem and rate of change problems; curve sketching; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic, trigonometric and transcendental functions, with an application to calculation of areas.

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Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Calculus, Third Edition
Authors: William Briggs, Lyle Cochran, and Bernard Gillett
Publisher:  Pearson Education

Washington Street Campus Bookstore:  (806)371-5304


Basic:  Blue-line notebook paper (8.5” x 11”) and blue-lined graph paper --4 or 5 squares per inch or engineering paper, stapler, a straight edge, pencils, erasers, a highlighter in your favorite color.  You can get free graph paper at  Access to a Computer with reliable internet.

Graphing Calculator:  You will need a graphing calculator for this course.  All demonstrations in class will be done on a TI-84 Plus. The following calculators are acceptable:  TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.  If you already own another graphing utility, check with me to see if it is appropriate for this course.  You will not be able to use a TI-89, TI-92, or TI-Nspire calculator on exams. 

Graphing Calculator Checkout:Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to the Adult Students Program for the privilege of checking one out for the semester.  Students that a) receive a PELL Grant, or b) receive public assistance services are eligible as long as calculators are available.  These calculators are checked out on a “first come, first served” basis.  If you do not meet the above criteria but cannot afford to purchase your own calculator, you may discuss your situation with the Adult Students advisors.  Exceptions may be made in some cases. 

Students who lose (due to accident/theft/any other mishap) or damage in any way a loaner graphing calculator will be required to replace the lost, stolen, or damaged calculator with a new TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.  Failure to do so will result in immediate action(s) taken by Amarillo College.

Bring a copy of your schedule to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  You must complete an application and be enrolled in a math class to receive this assistance.

Student Performance

After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:
  1. Develop solutions for tangent and area problems using the concepts of limits, derivatives, and integrals.
  2. Draw graphs of algebraic and transcendental functions considering limits, continuity, and differentiability at a point.
  3. Determine whether a function is continuous and/or differentiable at a point using limits.
  4. Use differentiation rules to differentiate algebraic and transcendental functions.
  5. Identify appropriate calculus concepts and techniques to provide mathematical models of real-world situations and determine solutions to applied problems.
  6. Evaluate definite integrals using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  7. Articulate the relationship between derivatives and integrals using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY:  Scholastic dishonesty (cheating) of any kind will not be tolerated in this course.  Cheating is defined in Webster’s College Dictionary as “taking an examination in a dishonest way, as by having improper access to answers.”  Improper access includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper and using unauthorized sources of information while taking a test. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College.  On the first day of class, you will be required to sign and date a Course Contract.  Included in the contract is the following statement:  “I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test, I will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to:  the use of a cell phone, notes, notecards, or books during an exam, copying work from another student, or leaving the classroom or Math Testing Center with a test or questions from a test.  Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help,  other students cheat on a test.”  You will not be allowed to take your tests until this contract is signed and on file with your instructor.  Please Note:  NO CELL PHONES may be used during an exam in class or in the Math Testing Lab.  If your phone is out at any time for any reason during an exam and/or while in the Testing Room, you will receive an automatic “F” for the course.    Further action at a higher level may be sought if necessary.  Scholastic dishonesty is clearly defined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS/CLASSROOM GROUND RULES: Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of a positive learning environment.  Behaviors that are not supportive include but are not limited to:  tardiness/leaving early, electronic device noises, texting, talking during lecture, abusive, offensive, or disrespectful language and/or demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students and/or property.  For full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook which can be accessed using the link above or through the AC Website  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include, but is not limited to a zero on an assignment or test, consultation with department chair and/or other AC authority, an F in the course, or withdrawal from the course and/or the college.

In order to receive credit for a course, all material listed on the syllabus must be covered.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered and the instructor sets the pace to meet these requirements.  Complaining about the pace will not result in less material being covered.  Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.


  1. BE ON TIME: Students need to be on time to every class meeting.  It is distracting and disrespectful to the class when you arrive late.  If you must be late, please take the seat nearest to the door.   
  2. BE PREPARED: Students need to have all homework completed and ready to discuss when class begins. 
  3. NO DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR will be tolerated.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:  cell phones (ringing or text messaging) and beepers, abusive language and/or behavior, talking while instructor is lecturing, sleeping, leaving class early, arriving late, and getting up during lecture to go to the trash can or restroom.
  4. SUBSTITUTE BEHAVIOR:  If a substitute should come in to teach the class, you are expected to be on your best behavior and treat him/her with the highest respect.    I would not send anyone in to teach who is not fully capable of doing so.

Grading Criteria

 Daily Homework: Homework will be available under content.  It is not turned in for a grade but you are resonsible for knowing all of the material so it is highly suggested that you do the work.  This class will require you to be diligent, and keep up with the work.


Written Lab Assignments:  Labs will consist of completing Written Lab Assignments covering the concepts we have discussed in lecture.  These assignments will be completed before you leave lab or will be due at the beginning of the next lecture.  Usually, these problems require a deeper understanding of the concepts and are modeled after problems that will appear on the exams. Detailed instructions on format for written assignments will be given in class.  Assignment deadlines will be announced as material is covered.  Due to Covid-19 you will be required to submit your written work online in a "dropbox".  A photo of your work uploaded is sufficient.  Please just be sure you can read it!  If you can't read it, I can't read it!


Exams: A minimum of 3 major exams and a mandatory comprehensive final will be given during the semester.  Make-up tests will not be given.  If an exam is missed, the grade will be replaced with the score you make on the final exam.  This policy applies to one exam only.  If you miss more than one exam, a grade of zero will be averaged for the other missed exams.  If you do not miss any exam during the semester, the grade on the mandatory final exam, if higher, will replace the lowest exam grade. 

If you know ahead of time that you will be missing an exam, you may schedule to take the exam early.  Only under extenuating, verifiable circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor will an exam be given early.

Final Examination: The final exam will be given in the classroom in accordance with the official final exam schedule.

Plan to arrive on time for all in class exams, no extended time will be given to anyone who arrives late. 

Grading Criteria/Scale:

Participation                                                              ,  0.2%

Written Lab Assignments, drop 2 lowest assignment,  9.8%

Major Exams,                                                                70%

Comprehensive Final Exam,                                         20%

Your course average (A  100-90,  B  89-80,  C  79-70,  D  69-60,  F  Below 60)  will be calculated using the above scale.

I do not give extra credit work.


Regular attendance is essential in a math class.  It is during class that questions about homework, new assignments & announcements, and course content will be covered. Attendance will be taken for the day you are in class, this will not affect your grade, it is just so that the college knows who has been in close contact in case they need to give information concerning potential exposure to Covid-19

Please remember the deadline for dropping a class at AC is Thursday, April 22, 2021. If you decide to drop, you must let me know by 12pm on Wednesday, April, 22, 2021.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.


  The following schedule is subject to change by the instructor at any time.
Week 1 Orientation, Algebra and Trigonometry Review
Week 2 Sections 2.2 – 2.3
Week 3 Sections 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
Week 4 Sections 3.1, Exam 1 (2.2 – 2.6)
Week 5 Sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Week 6

Sections 3.5, 3.6

Week 7 Sections 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
Week 8 Section 4.1, Exam 2 (3.1 – 3.9)
Week 9 Sections 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Week 10 Sections 4.5, 4.6, 5.1
Week 11 Section 5.2, Exam 3 (4.1 – 4.6)
Week 12 Sections 4.9, 5.3, 5.4
Week 13 Sections 5.5
Week 14 Exam 4 (4.9, 5.1 – 5.5)
Week 15 Review for Final
Week 16 Final exam

Additional Information

If you miss class, virtual or face to face, it is your responsibility to watch the recorded lecture online, and be aware of any due dates.

Food/Drink:  Food and drink are allowed during the lecture and lab.

Phone/Pagers: Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in silent mode and OUT OF SIGHT during the lecture and lab.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Tutoring may be completed in the Academic Success Center for Math in person on campus (Durrett Hall Room 104) or virtually by Zoom.  Find more information at

To join an ongoing Zoom Meeting for tutoring, go to  Use the Meeting ID:  541 139 851

Outreach Tutoring Center Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 8:00pm
8:00am - 8:00pm
9:00am - 8:00pm

Additional Contacts:  Penelope Davis, Department Chair    (806)371-5142


Note from the Instructor:  As you already know, success in a math class takes work, commitment, and perseverance.  As your instructor, I am here to facilitate your efforts to reach your educational goals.  I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this semester.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help.

Syllabus Created on:

01/17/21 2:23 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/21 2:30 PM