Math 231 Section 4
Spring 2017

Suggested Problems
Chapter 0 Test

The class schedule in .pdf format is here and the policy information (outline of course, office hours, exam format, etc.) is here.  Much of that information is repeated bellow (but not all of it, so read the syllabus!)The course schedule will be in the listed order with the exam and quiz dates as specified, but some sections of the book are more difficult than others, so there will be a bit of flexibility in how long various sections take.  When in doubt, your homework is to be prepared for the class activities that are scheduled for the next class (the activities on the schedule are the ones that will take place that day) AND to keep up by working on problems either from the list of suggested problems or from the corresponding WeBWorK assignments.  For any particular section, your homework is to read that section in the book, take notes on your reading in your Notebook and be prepared to answer questions/give definitions/give examples, etc. based on your reading both for class discussion and for the daily quiz. You should do as many of the problems (of each type) as you need to feel comfortable presenting one of that type of problem to the class.  The point of doing exercises is to help you to understand the material, not to jump through silly hoops, so don't do more (for fewer) exercises than are necessary for you.  For feedback on specific problems, please see me or the Math Science Learning Center

The online homework is for credit (your homework scores will be combined with your test scores for that particular exam as a type of insurance policy against bad exam grades).  To access the online homework, go to
WeBWork and login using your .jmu id.  The due date for online homework is on the class schedule.  The first online homework assignment is not optional.  

Rebecca E. Field
(540) 568-4962
Office: Roop 114
Office Hours: MWF 2:20-3:20pm,
Also by appointment
(I am not available on Thursdays, but can make appointments for Tuesdays)

Section ?: MWF 1:25am-2:15pm in Roop 213

Calculus I with Integrated Precalculus, by Laura Taalman, 2014 by W.H.Freeman and Company
available at the campus bookstore

Course summary:
This course is designed to integrate differential and integral calculus in with the necessary material from precalculus.  This course is an excellent idea, especially for people who've had trouble with math in the past, because most of the problems students have with calculus are actually precalculus problems.  This course allows us the time to approach calculus topics from several different angles as well as improving general math skills.

The difference between this class and a traditional calculus class from high school is the presence of the theoretical foundations of the material in the form of theorems and proofs.  You will not be asked to prove the major theorems on your own in an exam setting, but you are expected to understand the proofs presented in class, and may be asked to provide a less formal explanation in an exam.

Chapter 0 Test: Wednesday, January 25, during class time
Chapter 1 Test: Friday, February 17, during class time
Chapter 2 Test: Friday, March 17, during class time
Chapter 3 Test: Friday, April 7, during class time

Final Exam: Monday, May 1, 1:00-3:00pm, Roop 213

Extra Help:
Please come by my office hours or make an appointment if you need extra help.  Another resource available to you is the Math and Science Learning Center located in the Student Success Center, 1st floor, SSC 1100.  They are open 10am through 8pm Monday through Thursday as well as Friday 10am-2:30pm and Saturday 5-8pm.  You can also obtain a list of math tutors available for hire through the math office on the third floor of Roop Hall.

Topics we will cover are roughly as follows:

  Numbers and Sets 0.1
Equations 0.2
Inequalities 0.3
  Functions and Graphs 0.4
A Basic Library of Functions 0.5
Operations, Transformations, and Inverses 0.6
  Logic and Mathematical Thinking 0.7
  An Intuitive Introduction to Limits 1.1
Formal Definition of Limit 1.2
Continuity and its Consequences 1.4
Limit Rules and Calculating Basic Limits 1.5
Infinite Limits and Indeterminate Forms 1.6
  An Intuitive Introduction to Derivatives 2.1
  Formal Definition of the Derivative 2.2
  Rules for Calculating Basic Derivatives 2.3
The Chain Rule and Implicit Differentiation 2.4
  The First Derivative and Curve Sketching 3.2
The Second Derivative and Curve Sketching 3.3
Optimization 3.4
Related Rates 3.5
Advanced Algebraic Techniques 4.1
Power Functions 4.2
Polynomial Functions 4.3
Rational Functions 4.4