College Calculus I & II

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A college level study of differential and integral calculus.

COURSE MATERIALS: The text for this course is “Calculus Early Transcendental Functions by Larson, Hostetler and Edwards, 4th edition.  You are required to purchase the text for this course.  We will be using the software Mathematica by Wolfram and Microsoft Excel.  It is essential that you have a minimum of a scientific calculator.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the semester, students will have an understanding of the concepts and techniques listed above.  This understanding will be enhanced, when appropriate, through directed group and individual computer exercises and group and individual projects. 

CLASS METHODOLOGY: Class periods will consist of a variety of activities which will include lecture (usually by me, but you may get a turn before the year is gone), group problem solving and exploration of questions and concepts using selected software.  Periodically we will have question and answer days (see course calendar for details).  Your math/tech time will also provide ample opportunity for these ventures, along with allotted time to take your online quizzes.  It is strongly advised (shall we say required) that you prepare for each class meeting by reading the material AND by working the problems for the next class meeting.  It is solely your responsibility to prepare for class.


If a student is absent (excused) for only one class meeting, then upon return, he/she is expected to have completed the work which was due on the day of absence.  If a test was missed, then the student is expected to take the test on the day of return.  If a student misses two or more consecutive class meetings, then he/she should talk to the instructor to devise a game plan to catch up.  Absences for any other reason need to be discussed with the instructor in advance.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence.  Work missed because of an unexcused absence cannot be made up.  If a test is missed because of an unexcused absence, then that test grade will be lowered by 10 points for each day late.  You are expected to be in class on time.  You will be allowed one and only one tardy "on the house".  After that you will pay 1/2 a point off your semester grade for any additional tardies!


Students are required to pledge all work that they turn in for a grade.  Refer to CVGS Student Handbook for complete requirements.