MATH 229 - CALCULUS I,    FALL 2014

Student Information Sheet

TEXTBOOK: Calculus by Stewart, Edition 7 or NIU edition

MATERIAL COVERED: Chapters 1 through 4, except 3.6, plus the material on partial derivatives

PREREQUISITE: Math Placement Exam or Math 155

WITHDRAWAL: The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-session course is October 17, 2014.

GRADING SYSTEM: Your grade will be based on 650 points as follows:
3 one-hour examinations   300 points
Final Examination   200 points
Homework/quizzes   150 points

FINAL EXAM: The comprehensive departmental final exam is scheduled for 8:00 - 9:50 a.m., Friday December 12, 2014. Your instructor will announce the room location.

CALCULATORS: Students are asked to have a graphing calculator with roughly the capabilities of the TI-83. You will find this useful for investigating the concepts of the class, so you can experiment with additional examples. You may also want to verify parts of your homework calculations. Scientific calculators (no graphing capabilities) are allowed on the final exam. Calculators as powerful as TI83, TI89, TI92, or equivalent, calculators with communication abilities, as well as cell phone calculators are NOT allowed on the departmental final exam. Your instructor may further regulate the use of calculators on the hour exams. Most, if not all, of the exam problems can be solved without their use.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: You are expected to acquire not only computational facility with the topics introduced, but also a good understanding of the concepts and theory of calculus. Mathematics is a truly universal language; we want you to become more fluent in reading, writing, and using this precise language.

ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and mutual respect (student with student and instructor with student) are expected in this course. Mutual respect means being on time for class and not leaving early, being prepared to give full attention to class work, not reading newspapers or other material in class, not using cell phones or pagers during class time, and not looking at another student's work during exams. Academic misconduct, as defined by the Student Judicial Code, will not be treated lightly.

DRC STATEMENT: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let your instructor know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the DRC (Disability Resource Center)located in the Health Services Building, 4th floor.

ADVICE: Perhaps the single most important factor in your success in this course is your study habits . Think of learning math as "working out" in the gym. Study at least 3 times per week; do not wait until the day before the exam. Learn mathematics like you would learn a language. Work on the concepts until they make sense. Don't just memorize facts and then forget them a few weeks later. You will need to know this stuff for Calc II and other courses. Master each homework problem---beyond just getting a correct answer. Be aware of your mistakes in algebra and trigonometry Always come to class! While you're there, listen, think, and ask questions.