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

Fall 2014, LIU Post

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 237. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday 12:30p - 4:00p (in LS 237), Friday 10:30a-11:00a (in HM 110), or by appointment.

Course webpage:


Class Time:

Section 1:    Mon/Wed 9:30a-10:50a, Fri 9:30a-10:25a        HM 110
Section 2:    Mon/Wed 11:00a-12:20p, Fri 11:00a-11:55a    HM 110

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

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. 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).

Homework: Homework will be regularly assigned. 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. You should write up all homework assignments neatly and keep them in a single folder or binder. If possible, please bring this folder when you come to office hours. During the last few classes of the semester, I will check your homeworks for completeness, but they will not be graded for correctness.

Tests: There will be an in-class test every Friday, giving a total of 13 tests. These will be graded for correctness and returned the following week. Spend ample time looking at any comments you receive; this regular feedback is extremely important. You may use your calculator, but you may not use your notes, phone, tablet, or computer. If you are absent, you will receive a 0 for that test. There are no make-up tests, except in the event of a school-sponsored event (e.g. athletic event) or religious holiday. In such a case, please inform the professor of the conflict as early as possible.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE and will take place in the regular classroom during the final exam week (most likely) at the time listed below. The final will count as 4 test grades.

Section 1:    Wed Dec 17, 8:00a -10:40a
Section 2:    Mon Dec 15, 10:55a - 1:35p

Grading Scheme: There will be 13 in-class tests, the final exam will count as 4 tests, and the lowest 3 test scores will be dropped. The final grade will be calculated as the average of the 14 remaining test scores. Regularly completing your homework and attending class will boost your grade by one level (e.g. C+ to B-, B- to B, etc.). I reserve the right to count the final exam as an even higher percentage for those students whose final exam grade is better than their test average.

Extra Credit: There will be no official extra credit or bonus points, though I reserve the right to raise a student's grade by accounting for special circumstances. The best way to compensate for poor test grades is to complete the homework assignments, attend classes and office hours, and do very well on the final exam (see the note in the previous paragraph "Grading Scheme").

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. Office hours are times when I will be in my office and available to help you. You do not need to make an appointment to come during those times, but be aware that I will occasionally need to change/cancel office hours due to meetings. There is also free tutoring available in the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. Their hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00a - 6:00p, and Friday 9:00a - 1:30p, and 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.

Email communication: I will periodically send emails to the entire class, so please check your account regularly. I will sometimes email review sheets in pdf format, and I will send an email in the unlikely event that I have to cancel class due to illness. I make an effort to respond to emails in a timely manner, but I am not perfect. If you send me an email and I don't respond within 1.5 working days, please feel free to email me again (e.g. if I don't respond by Tuesday afternoon to an email sent Monday morning, or by Monday evening to an email sent Friday afternoon).

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)

Important Dates:
Sept 3 Classes begin
Sept 16 Last day to add/drop or late register
Oct 13 No classes (Columbus Day)
Nov 7 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Nov 11 No classes (Veteran's Day)
Nov 26-30   No classes (Thanksgiving)
Dec 9Last day of regular classes
Dec 15/17 Final Exam