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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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
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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


Calculus, Second Edition
Authors: William Briggs, Lyle Cochran, and Bernard Gillett
Publisher: Pearson Education
The textbook is optional, however, MyMathLab is mandatory.



  • Graphing Calculator
    • All demonstrations in class will be done on a TI-84 Plus. 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.  Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to check one out for the semester.  IT is a first come, first served, so bring a copy of your schedule as soon as possible to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • MyMathLab Access Code
  • Computer with reliable internet access
  • Paper (lined or graphing) and Pencil

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

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

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.  Participating in scholastic dishonesty will result in a non replaceable grade of zero on the assignment or exam involved.  Thus, if you are caught cheating on an exam, a grade of zero will be assigned with no chance of the final exam replacing that grade.  Further action at a higher level may be sought if necessary.  Scholastic dishonesty is clearly defined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities.  If you are caught with a cell phone out during an exam for ANY reason, you will receive an F for the course.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS/CLASSROOM GROUND RULES: Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment.  Behaviors that are not supportive include but are not limited to:  tardiness/leaving early, electronic device noises, talking during lecture, abusive, offensive, or disrespectful language and/or demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students and/or property. 

In order to receive credit for a course, all material listed on the syllabus must be covered.  The state of Texas sets the requirements; therefore, this course will move at a pace to ensure that these requirements are met.  Complaining about the pace will not result in less material being covered.

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:  removal from the classroom, consultation with department chair and/or other AC authority, withdrawal from the course and/or the college.


  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.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be counted absent.   
  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

Intoduction Assignment: Your first homework assignment will be to complete an introduction video on Flipgrid.  The details of this assignment are posted in the Assignments section on Blackboard.  The due date for this assignment is Wednesday, May 26.

Homework: Your homework grade will be based on assignments completed on MyMathLab.  At the end of the semester, I will drop your two lowest grades and the remainder will be worth 10% of your overall grade.  The daily assignments on MyMathLab will be done online and due before you come to class the next day.  No late work will be accepted without prior notification, so complete and turn in all assignments on time.

Enrolling in the Course:

1.  Login to your Blackboard course.

2.  Click on MyMathLab Links in the menu on the left side of the screen.

3.  Click on MyMathLab with Pearson eText Course Home and accept the Licensing Agreement.

4.  If you have a Pearson account, enter your username and password.  If you have never used a Pearson MyLab and Mastering product, click on Create to enter information to create your account.
      a.  Make sure you enter an email address that you check often.
      b.  Please, use YOUR name as you are registered for school.
5.  If you have used MyMathLab with this textbook and this Pearson account previously, you should see a page indicating that you are done.
6.  If you have not used MyMathLab with this textbook before, you have three options.
      a.  To use an access code that came packaged with your textbook or bought as a stand alone folder, click on Access Code.
      b.  To use a credit card or PayPal account to buy the access code, click on the box with the current publisher price.
      c.  To get temporary access while you wait for financial aid, payday, etc., click on Get temporary access without payment for 14 days at the bottom of the screen. 
7.  You are now enrolled in your course and should see it listed on the Courses page when you login.

Lab Assignments:  The last 50 minutes of class will typically be spent working on Lab Assignments.  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.  You are allowed to work in groups, but you must understand everything you turn in.  Attendance in lab is MANDATORY!  If you are not present in lab and working on calculus the entire time, you will receive a 0 for the lab assignment(s) done that class period.  At the end of the semester, I will drop your two lowest grades and the remainder will be worth 10% of your overall grade.  No late work will be accepted, so complete and turn in all assignments on time.

Exams: There will be four in-class exams and each will be worth 10% of your overall grade.  These exams must be written in PENCIL. At the end of the semester, I will replace your ONE lowest exam grade with the final exam grade, provided the grade on the final is higher than an exam grade. Exams may NOT be made-up.  The final exam score may not be dropped.  If you know ahead of time that you will be missing an exam, we may agree on a time to take the exam EARLY.  In an effort to increase retention in mathematics courses, any student who scores below a 70 on any test must complete a test assignment in the OutReach Center before taking the next test.

Final Examination: The comprehensive final will be given according to the official final exam schedule and will count as 20% of your overall grade.

Other Information:  I do not give extra credit.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered and the instructor sets the pace to meet these requirements. Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.

Grading Criteria/Scale:

MyMathLab 10%
Lab Assignments 10%
Tests (4@15%) 60%
Final 20%



In order to be counted as attending class, you must have your camera turned on and you must participate in both the lecture and lab portions of class.

If an absence occurs, THE STUDENT is responsible for obtaining the information that was covered and any assignments that were given. Please remember the deadline for dropping this class June 24, 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 assignments must be completed by Wednesday, May 26, in order to be considered Present in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.

  • Introduction to MyMathLab online homework assignment
  • Course Contract
  • Flipgrid Introduction Assignment
  • Algebra and Trig Review

 Signup for Remind.  See the announcements on Blackboard for more information. Your instructor will communicate important course updates, guidance, and hints via Remind.

 Complete assignments by the scheduled date/time.  There is a "no late work" policy, except in extreme circumstances.

 Attendance will be taken during each class period.  Excessive absence or lack of participation may result in failure of the course.

Attendance is only counted if the student's camera is turned on and the student participates in the virtual class.

Attendance in lab is mandatory.  If you are absent from the lab problem session, you will not be allowed to turn in your lab assignment the following class period.

Students should plan on spending a minimum of 16-25 hours per week outside of class on this course. This time commitment is not an exaggeration. Actual amounts will vary depending on weekly assignments, topic complexity, and prior experience with the subject matter.

Due to the nature of this course and the volume of work required to master this material, schedule your time so that you are able to devote the appropriate energy and effort to achieve success in this course.

Your instructor, Mandi Wheeler, may be contacted via Remind or by email through the course in Blackboard. If Blackboard is not available, please email  In-person meetings or additional help are available if needed or desired. In order to schedule a meeting outside of scheduled office hours, send a message via Remind or email to your instructor.

Emails are typically answered within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within that timeframe, please resend your message as a reminder.


Week 1     Introduction, Review, Sections 2.2-2.6
Week 2 Exam 1, Sections 3.1-3.4
Week 3 Sections 3.4-3.9
Week 4 Exam 2, Sections 4.1-4.4, 4.6, 4.9
Week 5 Exam 3, Sections 5.1-5.5, 6.2
Week 6 Exam 4, Sections 6.3-6.5, Final Exam

Additional Information

May 24:    Course Begins     

May 27:    Census Day (Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance)

June 24:     Last Day to Withdraw from Course
July 1:        Final Exam due by noon

Food/Drink:  Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs.

Phone: Cell phones  must be turned off or in silent mode and OUT OF SIGHT while in the classrooms and the computer labs. 

Course Issues:  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.

  1. Your instructor is your first, BEST resource for help.  Feel free to come to office hours or make an appointment.
  2. Free one-on-one tutoring at the Student Math Outreach Center in Durrett 104 is available.  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  Hours:  MTWRF 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun closed.
  3. If you are not on campus and it is an emergency then you may sign up for free using your student email by searching “EasyMath College” in the App Stores or Text “Math” to 797979 from 8am -8pm M-F and 9am-8pm on Saturday.

Student & Faculty Help Center: Located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons, the Help Center provides technical support to students and faculty. The Help Center offers assistance in logging into AC Connect, Blackboard, resetting passwords, and general computing and software questions. Visit the Student & Faculty Help Center website at

Advocacy & Resource Center: The Advocacy & Resource Center is located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons. A variety of resources are available in the areas of social services, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and adult student programs. Visit the Advocacy & Resource Center website at

Counseling Center: At the Counseling Center, student and counselor work together to develop more personal awareness and the skills needed to overcome barriers to success. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Counseling Center website at:

Legal Clinic: The Legal Clinic is a free, walk-in clinic assisting enrolled AC students on various legal issues including family law, immigration, probate, landlord-tenant issues, and general legal matters. Visit the Legal Clinic website at

Syllabus Created on:

05/15/21 2:11 PM

Last Edited on:

05/15/21 2:28 PM