Calculus I Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-2413-001 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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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:

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Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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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


MyMathLab is required, the textbook is optional
Calculus, 3rd Edition    
Authors:  Briggs, Cochran, Gillett, Schulz
Publisher:  Pearson Education


Students must have access to MyMathLab either by purchasing the student access kit from the bookstore or by purchasing access to MyMathLab online.

The textbook for this course is optional.  Students will have full access to the e-textbook on MyMathLab.

A graphing calculator is required for this course.  All classroom demonstrations will be done on the TI-84 Plus.  Other forms of Texas Instruments or Casio calculators will be permitted at the instructor's discretion.  However, the TI-89, TI-92, or TI-Nspire calculators may not be used during exams.


Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Perform calculus operations on vector-valued functions, including derivatives, integrals, curvature, displacement, velocity, acceleration, and torsion.
2. Perform calculus operations on functions of several variables, including partial derivatives, directional derivatives, and multiple integrals.
3. Find extrema and tangent planes.
4. Solve problems using the Fundamental Theorem of Line Integrals, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and Stokes' Theorem.
5. Apply the computational and conceptual principles of calculus to the solutions of real-world problems.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. For a 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, an F in the course, or permanent removal from the classroom.

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 while in the Testing Room, you will receive an automatic "F" for the course.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered in order to receive credit for a course. The instructor sets the pace to ensure that these requirements are met. Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.



Grading Criteria


Drop Weight
Online HW Drop lowest 2 assignments 15%
Written Lab Assignments Drop lowest 2 assignments 5%
Major Exams (3) ----- 60%
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.

Online Homework:
Daily homework assignments will consist of online assignments. Online assignments will be submitted using MyMathLab and will be automatically graded on the website.  Assignment deadlines will be indicated in MyMathLab with each homework set. I do not accept late homework.

Written Lab Assignments:
Students will be required to print lab assignments from Blackboard on a weekly basis at their own expense.  Students will be allowed to work in groups during lab time and will be required to present and discuss solutions to various problems. Attendance in lab is mandatory. A student who misses lab will be required to make up missed time in the Math Outreach Center.  Your time in the ORC will be documented and reported weekly; therefore, it is imperative that you scan in and out using your student ID.  Students who do not complete the entire lab time will not be allowed to submit their labs for the week.  Labs will be submitted online and graded based on completion. Assignment deadlines will be announced as material is covered. I do not accept late lab assignments.

Three (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.


Daily attendance is required.  

Note that the last day to drop is Thursday April 22, 2021.  You must submit this form to me by 12PM (noon) in order to process your drop in time.  Students who stop attending class and do not officially drop will receive a grade of F if their average falls below a 60. 


Tentative Schedule:  This 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, 6.2
Week 14  Section 6.3, Exam 4 (4.9, 5.1 – 5.5)
Week 15  Sections 6.4, 6.5
Week 16  Final exam

Additional Information

Blackboard:  Students will be required to login to Blackboard via the AC Connect portal on a regular basis to check e-mail, course announcements, and grades. To get into Blackboard, go to and click the AC Connect portal.  Log in to Blackboard.  Once you have logged in, you should see our class listed on your home page. If you need help logging into the site, contact Ask AC at (806) 371-5000

 Getting Started with MyMathLab 

 To access MyMathLab where your online homework is located, first log into our course in Blackboard.   You will need the following information:

Student Access Code: The student access code can be found in the MyMathLab kit you purchased from the AC Bookstore, or you can buy the access code online with a credit card during the registration process.

Email Address: Use the address you check most often.

To register and enroll

  1. Log into your Blackboard course.  Click the MyMathLab link at the left of the page.

    Tip: If you have previously linked your Blackboard and Pearson accounts, you are taken directly to the Pearson payment page. Go to step 4.

  2. Review the license agreement and privacy policy and click I Accept.

    Important! If you are prompted to enter a course ID, cancel the procedure and return to step 1.

  3. To link your Blackboard and Pearson accounts, enter your Pearson account username and password.

    If you do not have a Pearson account, click Create and follow the instructions.

  4. Select an access option:
    • Enter the access code that came with your textbook or was purchased separately from the bookstore.
    • Or, Buy access using a credit card or PayPal account.
    • Or, get temporary access by clicking the link near the bottom of the page.  You will be able to update your account by making a payment at a later time.
  5. From the You’re Done page, click Go to My Courses.

    You'll also get a confirmation email.

To get started after registering:

1.)  Log into Blackboard by clicking the AC Connect button at the college website 
2.)  Click the MyMathLab link at the left of the page in our course in Blackboard.
3.)  Click the SECOND link, "MyMathLab with Pearson e-text Course Home."
4.)  To work on assignments, click the “Homework” button, and choose the section you wish to complete.
5.) To access the textbook, click the “Chapter Contents” button, and choose the chapter and section you wish to view.
6.) To view a power point presentation of a particular section, click the “Multimedia Library” button, and choose the chapter and section you wish to view or print.
7.) Under the “Homework” button, START YOUR FIRST HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT, “Orientation”

Free Help:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help outside of class.

The following are a few ways to get FREE help outside of class:

  1. Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.
  2. Get free tutoring from the Outreach Center (Durr 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  
    Hours:    Monday through Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed
  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at


Syllabus Created on:

01/17/21 3:00 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/21 3:14 PM