Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MTH 7, Sections 1 and 2

Fall 2013, LIU Post

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 243. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p (or by appointment)

Course webpage:


Class Time:

Section 1:    Mon/Wed 9:30a-10:50a HM 116,    Fri 9:00a-9:55a HM 115
Section 2:    Mon/Wed 11:00a-12:20p HM 116,   Fri 11:00a-11:55a HM 115

Textbook: Calculus by Larson and Edwards, 10th edition, Cengage Learning. ISBN-10 1-285-05709-0, or ISBN-13: 978-1-285-05709-5.
The looseleaf version contains a code that gives you a browser-based ebook of the text, and it allows you to access WebAssign. Click here for information on registering; the Class Key is "liu 0217 1068". The website contains free resources, including videos and interactive examples (some of these require the Mathematica .cdf player, which is not available on all devices).

Grading Scheme:
Quizzes 30%
Tests 30%
Final Exam  40%

Homework: It is essential that you spend time practicing the material on your own. I expect that, in addition to attending lectures, you spend at least 6 hours per week working on this class. Though there will not be a "Homework" portion of your score, I will supply you with good practice problems from the book. You should work on these problems and properly write them up, as if you were turning them in. However, it is up to you to determine when you understand a concept or how many of a particular type of problem to solve. You are also welcome to use WebAssign to check your understanding or to obtain hints on how to solve problems.

Quizzes: There will be 1-2 short in-class quizzes every week. They will be graded and returned, providing you with regular feedback. If you are absent, you will receive a 0 for that quiz. There are no make-up quizzes, but the lowest two quiz scores will be dropped.

Tests: There will be 2 in-class tests, scheduled for Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. You are allowed to use your calculator, but you can not use a phone, computer, iPad, or any personal notes. Make-up tests will only be offered in the case of an extreme illness or family emergency. If this occurs, you must provide documentation and notify me as soon as possible.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE and will take place in the regular classroom during the final exam week at the time listed below. The final will comprise 40% of your course grade, though I reserve the right to count the final as an even higher percentage for those students whose final exam grade is better than their test average.

Section 1:    Wed Dec 18, 8:00a -10:40a
Section 2:    Mon Dec 16, 10:55a - 1:35p

Extra Credit: There will be no official extra credit or bonus points. The way to compensate for poor test grades is to learn the material and do very well on the final exam (see the note in the previous paragraph "Final Exam").

Calculator: A graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89, is required for this course.

Course Description: This course covers the derivative of algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications to rates, maximization and graphing and integration and the fundamental theorem. Cannot be taken for credit by any student who has completed or is currently taking MTH 1. Pre-requisites: MTH 3 or MTH 3S with a grade of C- or better; or sufficiently high math SAT or ACT score as set by the department; or passing grade on the departmental placement test; or permission of department. (4 credits)

Help: Help is available from a number of places and people. You are welcome to see Prof. Redden before/after class, in office hours, by appointment, or ask short questions via email. Also, there is free tutoring available in the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. No appointment is necessary. WebAssign contains several excellent resources, and it is free if you purchase the "Digital First" looseleaf version of the textbook. Finally, you are encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Important Dates:
Sept 4 Classes begin
Sept 6 Class canceled
Sept 17 Last day to add/drop or late register
Oct 11 Test 1
Oct 14 No classes (Columbus Day)
Nov 8 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Nov 11 No classes (Veteran's Day)
Nov 12 Monday classes meet
Nov 15 Test 2
Nov 27-29   No classes (Thanksgiving)
Dec 10Last day of regular classes
Dec 16/18 Final Exam