Math 205: Introductory Calculus, Fall 2019

Instructor: Dr. Brant Jones
Email: jones3bc at jmu dot edu
Office: 325 Roop Hall
Section 0015 class meetings: TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm in Burruss Hall Room 126
Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:50 in Roop 325, or visit the Science and Math Learning Center

Section 0015 final exam: Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 - 12:30, in our usual room.

WebAssign Website

The online course is found at The first time you visit, choose "Enter class key." Your class key for enrollment is jmu 5633 8201. You will use the WebAssign software to complete all of the homework and tests in this course. Access is bundled with the textbook if you buy it at the JMU bookstore.

For help registering for WebAssign, you can watch a short video.

Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC)

The SMLC is located in the Student Success Center, 1st floor, SSC 1100. They assist students in understanding course content, homework assignments and lab reports found in first and second year physics, chemistry, math, and statistics courses. No appointments are necessary and the services are free! See for more details. Starting Monday 9/02, the opening hours will be: Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm, and Sunday 5:00pm to 8:00pm.


The required text Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences by Soo T. Tan (Cengage Learning) Tenth edition is available at the University Bookstore. You will also have access to the e-book on the course website. We will primarily cover sections from Chapters 2 through 6.


Nature of the Course Content: (directly from the course catalog) Introductory Calculus I. 3 credits. Topics from differential calculus with applications to the social, behavioral or life sciences and business or managements. Prerequisite(s): Math 155, Math 156, or sufficient score on the mathematics placement exam. Not open to mathematics or physics majors or to students who have already earned credit in Math 235. Not recommended for chemistry majors.

Course Description: 3 credits. This is an introductory course in Calculus where we study elementary functions, their limits, continuity, differentiability, and integration. Our main focus is on computations and real world applications. Goals: Students will develop an understanding of the theory of Calculus. Emphasis is on computa- tions and on using technology. Students will develop an understanding of the applications of Calculus.

There are several activities that will contribute to your learning in this class:

No books or notes may be used on the exams. No makeup exams or late assignments will be allowed.

Tentative schedule:

Chapter Week
Chapters 1-2Weeks 1-2
Chapter 3Weeks 3-5
First TestWeek 6
Chapter 4Weeks 7-9
Chapter 6Weeks 10-12
Second TestWeek 12
Chapter 5Week 13-15

Honor Code

In this course, you are encouraged to discuss homework problems with other students in order to enhance your own learning. However, the material you submit must be your own work. You are expected to abide by the JMU Honor Code.


Being a student is a full-time job, and this is a challenging class. Make sure you are budgeting enough time to think about the course outside of lecture.

Please take advantage of office hours and the tutors in the learning center. You do not need an appointment. If I'm in my office, I'll be happy to discuss the course with you.

JMU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for students with disabilities. The office is located in Wilson Hall, Room 107 and you may call 540-568-6705 for more information.

Please see for common JMU academic policies regarding: Attendance, Academic Honesty, Adding/Dropping Courses, Disability Accommodations, Inclement Weather, and Religious Accommodations.