Math 1271: Calculus I

Lecture 060, Vic Reiner
Fall 2009


This is the only lecture of Math 1271 Calculus I being taught from this free text, Whitman Calculus, available for both browsing and printing.

This is a different text from the one by Stewart being used by all of the other Fall 2009 Math 1271 lectures. Therefore if you are in my lecture, you should not buy any book, and just use the above link.
We will be taking the same common final exam as the other Math 1271 lectures. I will do my best to ensure that we cover exactly the same topics.

Here is a rough correspondence between sections in Whitman calculus versus those in Stewart's Calculus: early transcendentals, Vol. 1.
A syllabus for the lecture given by the Math 1271 course coordinator, Prof. Willard Miller is here.


What are calculus and this course about?
Instructor and class data 
Lecture or discussion section Time Location Lecturer or teaching assistant E-mail, office, phone, office hours
Lecture 060 10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. , Mon,Wed,Fri 100 Rapson Hall Vic Reiner
256 Vincent Hall,
(612) 625-6682
Office hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri 11:15am-12:05pm, or by appt.
Discussion section 061 08:00 A.M. - 08:50 A.M. , Tues,Thur 317 Akerman Hall Yifei Zhu
320 Vincent Hall
(612) 625-0072
Office hours: Tues, Thurs 10:10am-12 noon, or by appt.
Discussion section 062 08:00 A.M. - 08:50 A.M. , Tues,Thur 240 Amundson Hall Adil Ali
550 Vincent Hall
(612) 624-2838
Office hours: Monday 4:40-5:30, Tuesday 2:30-4:25, Thursday 10:10-11:00
Discussion section 063 09:05 A.M. - 09:55 A.M. , Tues,Thur 120 Amundson Hall Adil Ali see info above
Discussion section 064 09:05 A.M. - 09:55 A.M. , Tues,Thur 212 Civil Engineering Yifei Zhu see info above
Discussion section 065 08:00 A.M. - 08:50 A.M. , Tues,Thur 16 Vincent Hall Hsin-Yuan Huang
420 Vincent Hall
(612) 625-5099
Complaints: Address me if you have complaints about your TA. Complaints about me should go to our Mathematics Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Larry Gray, in Vincent Hall 115.

Exam schedule and grading scheme 
Exam or homework Date Material emphasized Course grade contribution
Midterm Exam 1 Thursday, Oct. 1, in section Chapters 1,2 of Whitman Calculus/td> 15%
Midterm Exam 2 Thursday, Oct. 29, in section Chapters (1,2), 3,4, and Sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.4 15%
Midterm Exam 3 Tuesday, Nov. 24, in section Chapters (1,2,3,4),5,6,7 15%
Final Exam Thursday, Dec. 17, 1:30-4:30pm, room to be announced The whole course 35%
Quizzes, homework Quizzes administered and homeworks handed in during discussion sections That week's material 20%
The midterm exams and the final exam are closed book, with no notes allowed, and no consultation of other sources.

There will be no make-up exams for any of the midterms nor for the final exam.

Calculators and electronic devices: If you don't already have one here is a nice online basic scientific calculator, that might be useful for homework problems, although no calculators or computers will be allowed on the midterm exams or the final. As a companion to the above calculator, here is a nice online, grapher. No electronic devices may be accessible to any student during an exam. This includes cell phones and sufficiently sophisticated watches in addition to calculators and other machines. The instructor or proctor reserves the right to require, at the instructor's or proctor's discretion, that any electronic device be put away. Failure to comply is considered cheating by Institute of Technology policy.

Homework: The weekly homework assignments and due dates are given below, to be handed in at the beginning of discussion sections on Tuesdays. Beyond the homework problems assigned, it is strongly encouraged that you get further practice by trying non-assigned problems from the book, or from some of the other source materials listed far below.

Collaboration on the homework is encouraged. However, each student must understand the solutions, write them up in their own handwriting, and also write down with whom they have collaborated on the homework sheet.

The recitation grade is determined in equal parts (half-and-half) by

Incompletes: The grade I ("incomplete") shall be assigned at the lecturer's discretion when, due to extraordinary circumstances, the student was prevented from completing the entire course. It is my policy to assign incompletes only rarely, and only when almost all of the course has already been completed in a satisfactory fashion prior to the extraordinary circumstances. See me (Vic) if something occurs which makes you think you should receive an incomplete.
Homework assignments and exams 
Due date (handed in at beginning of section) Homework problems from Whitman Calculus
Tues Sept. 15 Section 1.1: 8,12,14
Section 1.2: 2(d)
Section 1.3: 3,6,14
Section 1.4: 3,14,16
Tues Sept. 22 Section 2.3: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,18,19,20
Section 2.4: 2,4,6,7
Tues Sept. 29 Section 2.1: 3,4,5
Section 2.2: 2,3
Section 2.4: 1,3
Section 2.5: 1,2,3,5,6,7
+ Problems 2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
from my handout on horizontal asymptotes
Thur Oct. 1 Here was Midterm Exam 1 with brief solutions, covering Chapters 1,2
Tues Oct. 6 Section 3.1: 1,3,5
Section 3.2: 2,3,9,12,13
Section 3.3: 1,5
Section 3.4: 1,8
Tues Oct. 13 Section 3.5: 3,6,8,15,21
Section 4.1: 1,9
Section 4.4: 1,3
Section 4.5: 1,2,6,8,11,13
Tues Oct. 20 Section 4.6: 1,3,9,10,12
Section 4.7: 1,2,5,7,12,16,17
Section 4.9: 1,4,7,11
Section 4.10: 1,5
Tues Oct. 27 Section 9.11: 16
Section 6.2: 1,3,5,10,14,16
Section 6.4: 2,4
Section 6.1: 3,9,12,19
Thur Oct. 29 Here was Midterm Exam 2 with brief solutions, covering Chapters (1,2,) 3,4, and Sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.4
Tues Nov. 3 Section 6.3: 1,3
Section 6.1: 1
Section 6.5: 1,2,4,6,7,8,9,10
Tues Nov. 10 Section 4.8: 1,2,3,4,6
Section 5.1: 1,8,14
Section 5.2: 1,8,14
Section 5.3: 1,8,12
Section 5.4: 1,8,12
Section 5.5: 1,14
Tues Nov. 17 Section 7.1: 2,3,7
Section 7.2: 1,2,4,7,11,12,14,17,18
Section 7.3: 1,5
Tues Nov. 24 Here was Midterm Exam 3 with brief solutions covering Chapters (1,2,3,4),5,6,7
Tues Dec. 1 Section 7.3: 2,4,6
Section 9.2: 3,6,10
Section 8.1: 1,3,4,7,10,11,16,19
Tues Dec. 8 Section 9.1: 3,7,11
Section 9.3: 5,6,7,10,11
Tues Dec. 15 Section 9.4: 1,2,3,4,5
Thur Dec. 17 Final Exam 1:20pm - 4:30pm,
room to be announced,
covering whole course


Further sources of practice problems: Whitman calculus does not contain as many routine practice calculus problems as some other standard calculus texts. Here are some potential sources of more problems, both with and without solutions, that you might try if you feel like you need more practice. None of these are required for the course.

And speaking of Paul Garrett, check out some of these nice applets he has developed for graphing and demonstrating various calculus concepts: And speaking of colleagues of mine with nice calculus demos,
check out another colleague, Doug Arnold's calculus demos,

Some video and other resources for calculus

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