Course Description: Calculus at its core is how functions change. In order to understand them well, we have to “linearize” them so that we can look at them on a “micro level”. We will examine slope (the derivative) and area (integrals) and the intimate relationship that exists between them which makes the topic so fascinating. One of the most applicable topics in calculus is something called a differential equation. You will see how these formulas give birth to exponential functions and the need for logarithms to solve real world problems. Graphing calculators are encouraged for this course and can be used on exams.  

Structure of the class: There will be live lectures during our class time via zoom. You can sign on via Blackboard. The videos will NOT be recorded, so you must attend if you wish to keep up with the material. During recitation, your TA will go over the homework and help prepare you for upcoming exams.

Instructor: Bill Bernhard (

Textbook: Calculus and its Applications, 11e by Bittinger (not required)

Syllabus:  We will not go in the order of the text and the schedule will be updated as we go.

Grading: Midterm (40%) During the week of 10/12 in recitation

Final Exam (40%)  Thursday, 12/10 from 5:30-8PM

Homework (20%) Homework will be given during the live online lecture and then it must be sent to your TA via email so he can check that you have done it. You should handwrite your work and then send a photo to your TA. You have one week from the assigned date to send it to your TA.  We are more interested in your attempts and feedback than the correct answers especially if you are having difficulty with the material. We will not grade on accuracy, so copying the work of other classmates is not necessary and a waste of everyone’s time. Our exams will be based off of the homework.

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