Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MTH 7, Section 2

Fall 2015, LIU Post

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

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p, or by appointment.

Course webpage:


Class Time:    Mon/Wed 11:00a-12:20p, Fri 11:00a-11:55a    HM 121

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. 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 40%
Tests 30%
Final Exam  30%

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.

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 Wednesday Oct. 7 and Wednesday Nov. 18. 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 on Monday, December 21 from 10:55a - 1:35p. The final will comprise 30% 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.

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).

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 PH 201. 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. 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 8 Classes begin
Sept 21 Last day to add/drop or late register
Oct 7 Test 1
Oct 12 No classes (Columbus Day)
Oct 13 Monday classes meet
Nov 6 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Nov 18 Test 2
Nov 25-29   No classes (Thanksgiving)
Dec 11Last day of regular classes
Dec 14-15Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days
Dec 21 Final Exam