Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MTH 7, Section 2

Fall 2016, 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:

Test 1 Practice, Solutions
Test 1 Solutions
Test 2 Practice, Solutions
Test 2 Solutions
Reviews/Tests 1 and 2


Class Time:    Mon/Wed 11:00a-12:20p, Fri 11:00a-11:55a    HM 130

Calculator: It is recommended that you have a graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89. We will sometimes use the free program Desmos, which can be run through a browser or stand-alone app on mobile devices. See or your app store for download options. On the final exam, however, you will not be allowed to use a phone, computer, or any other device that is not strictly a calculator.

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:
Homework 10%
Quizzes 30%
Tests 30%
Final Exam  30%

Homework: Homework is mandatory, though starred (*) problems indicate optional extra credit. You may work with others, but each each person should independently and neatly write up their own solutions that include all supporting work. You will turn in homework digitally by uploading photos or a scan of the homework via the website; the password is "hw". Please write the following information at the top of each page: your last name, the assignment letter, and the page number for your homework (e.g. "Redden HW b p.2"). Each homework assignment will be graded out of a possible 10 points according to the following rubric:

10 - Good effort, work shown, mostly correct and complete
7 - Good effort and work, but missing several problems or containing many errors
5 - Good effort but incomplete, or mostly complete with little work shown
2 - Assignment mostly incomplete
Homework will be due by 11:59p of its due date. Homework that is less than one week late will be given half-credit, and homework more than one week late will not be accepted. There will be 13 homework assignments, and the lowest 1 homework score will be dropped.

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. 26 and Wednesday Dec. 7. You are allowed to use your calculator, but you can not use a phone, computer, tablet, 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 (most likely) take place in the regular classroom on Monday, December 19 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: Most homework assignments include an optional extra credit problem that will improve your Quiz grade. If you do these problems on your homework, please clearly mark them. I also 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 7 Classes begin
Sept 20 Last day to add/drop or late register
Oct 10 No classes (Columbus Day)
Oct 26 Test 1
Nov 11 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Nov 23-27   No classes (Thanksgiving)
Dec 7 Test 2
Dec 12Last day of regular classes
Dec 13-14Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days
Dec 19 Final Exam