Introductory Calculus I

Course:  MATH 205
Section 0001:  MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m. (Burruss Hall 0031)
Instructor:  Dr. E. Strawbridge
Email:  strawbem "at"
Course Web Page:
Office Hours:  M 2:45-3:45 p.m., TW1:00-2:00 p.m., F 10:00-11:00 a. m. Roop 116

Course Content:  This course covers topics from differential calculus with applications to the social, behavioral or life sciences and business or management.  

Prerequisite: 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.

Required Text:
  Applied Calculus, Custom. by S. T. Tan; published by Cengage Learning, 8th edition, 2011,

Participation and Attendance:  Attendance will not be recorded as a separate grade, but lecture and discussion attendance and participation are both expected and highly recommended. Short take-home quizzes will be given daily and are worth 20% of your total course grade. These quizzes will be drawn from a list of suggested problems in the book. The lowest three quizzes will be dropped.

The course grade is based on the daily quizzes, the top 3 of 4 Midterms, and a Final.

                  Daily Quizzes         20%
                  Top Midterm 1     20%
                  Top Midterm 2     20%
                  Top Midterm 3     20%
                  Final             20%

The midterms will not be cumulative in the strict sense of the word.  However, it will be necessary to know previous material.  The dates and times of the Midterms are listed in at  Roughly, Midterm 1 will cover Chapters 1 and 2.1-2.5; Midterm 2 will cover 2.6, 3.1-3.3, and 3.5-3.6; Midterm 3 will cover 4.1-4.5; Midterm 4 will cover topics from sections 5.1-5.2, 5.4-5.5, and 6.1. The Final will be cumulative and cover Chapters 1-6 (up to 6.4).  The date, time, and place of the Final is fixed by the Registrar's Office.  

Quizzes:  Suggested problems will be posted per section. The quizzes will cover both lecture and these suggested problems from the appropriate section(s).  The list of problems can be found at

Exam Policies:  All exams are closed book and close notes.  No calculators or electronic devices are allowed.  Cell phones may not be used as calculators or clocks.

Policies for Missed Exams or Quizzes:   It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor prior to the exam/quiz date if there is a conflict.  Because the lowest scores are dropped there will be NO late exams/quizzes allowed.  If a student misses a quiz or midterm for any reason, then that quiz or exam with be taken as the grade to be dropped.  The Final cannot be missed. 

Electronic Devices:  Please make certain that all cell phones and pagers are TURNED OFF before lecture begins.  Cell phones and pagers are disruptive to the whole class.

Disability Accommodations (taken exactly from the JMU webpage):  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 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.

If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact your instructor early in the semester so that he/she can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need.

Religious Accommodations (taken exactly from the JMU webpage):  All faculty are required to give reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students requesting them on grounds of religious observation. The faculty member determines what accommodations are appropriate for his/her course. Students should notify the faculty by no later than the end of the Drop-Add period the first week of the semester of potential scheduled absences and deterĀ­mine with the instructor if mutually acceptable alternative methods exist for completing the missed classroom time, lab or activity. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (540) 568-6991 if you have additional questions.

Inclement Weather:  James Madison University is primarily a self-contained campus with a large number of residential students requiring a variety of support services, regardless of inclement weather conditions or emergency situations. For the safety and well-being of its students and employees, the university may close or limit its services based on inclement weather or other emergencies. Refer to the following sources for information on closings or delays:

JMU Weather Line: (540) 433-5300

JMU radio station 1610AM

JMU's home page (

Area radio and television stations

JMU Office of Public Safety, who in turn is responsible for announcements on Emergency Notification System or additional information, refer to

Obligatory Statement About Academic Fraud:  All work in this course must be of your own original composition.  Students may work in groups on homeworks but each student must turn in their own homework set (not a copy of "group work").  Unethical behavior during exams, such as unauthorized crib notes, looking at a neighbors exam, or communication during an exam (verbal, written, electronic, or otherwise) will not be tolerated. 

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