This is the first in a sequence of three calculus courses for science and engineering students. The goal is to prepare you to make use of calculus as a practical problem-solving tool.Textbook: James Stewart, Essential Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 2nd Edition. (The first edition may be available at a lower price. It differs little from the second edition. Check with you instructor before buying an earlier edition. Details on the differences are here). Labs: One session each week will meet in the Calculus/Engineering Computer Lab in the Posvar Hall, 1200A. In the lab, you will work individually on problem solving skills, using computer generated problems. Your TA will be available to help if you get stuck, but your are expected to solve all problems yourself. You will be able to work on your lab problems from any computer with an Internet connection and a web browser, but you should do the most of the work in your scheduled lab sessions. Recitations: Once a week you will meet with your TA in a classroom (without computers) to go over problems related to the material covered the previous week. Homework: You will be provided a list of practice problems from the textbook. You are expected to solve these problems. Exam and quiz problems will often be modeled on these problems. Your instructor may assign some problems to hand in for grading. Even if your instructor does not collect written homework, you will be expected to be able to solve all the practice problems. Grades. Your course grade will be determined as follows: two midterm exams 50% (25% each), final exam 30%, LON CAPA assignments 15%, quizzes 5%. Final Exam Policy: All day sections will take a departmental final exam at a time and place to be scheduled by the registrar. Final Grade Policy: Your final grade should not exceed your final exam grade by more than one letter grade. Materials: In addition to the textbook, you will need at least a scientific calculator. Any calculator with logarithms, exponentials, and trigonometric functions will do. Programmability is desirable but not essential. A graphing calculator, such as the TI83 or TI86, is better still. Computer Accounts: As a University of Pittsburgh student, you should already have a Pitt computer account. You will need to know your username and password to access the computer resources in the lab. Tutoring: Walk in tutoring is available in the Calculus/Engineering Lab (located at 1200A Posvar Hall), and in the Math Assistance Center (MAC) in the O'Hara Student Center. Tutoring hours will be posted outside the lab and the MAC, as well as on the web at http://calculus.math.pitt.edu. You should go the Calculus/Engineering Lab for help with computer work, and to the MAC for assistance with pencil and paper work. TAs: Shekiaya Gowans, William Rau, Caroline Springer.
An abundant web source for old exams, quizzes and practice problems w/ or w/o answers: Angela Athanas', Inna Sysoeva's, and Evgeni Trofimov's webpages.