MA 163 -- Calculus I


Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Meeting Time: MWF 9:00-9:50 and TR 9:00-10:15 -- KT G49

Office: KT 290, tel. 481-6382, e-mail:

Office Hours: MW 10:00-11:00, TR 10:15-11:00

Book: James Steward -- Calculus: Concepts and Contexts

Course Description: I shall cover chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.1-5.5. The main content of the course is devoted to functions and models, limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications Physics, Economics, etc.,  as well as integration and the relation to differentiation, in particular the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and its applications.

Grading: There will be four tests, ten quizzes, and a comprehensive final. The quizzes will form a quiz grade, which will substitute the lowest test grade (if higher than this grade). The average forms the semester grade. There will be a comprehensive Final Exam. The grade for the course is based on 75% of the semester grade and 25% of the Final exam according to the scale:

A 90 -100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F below 59.

No make up tests or quizzes will be given (unless proper excuse is provided).

Homework: Homework will be assigned, but not graded. However, students are expected to do their homework on time. It is the instructor's experience that keeping up with the homework is an essential part of the preparation for the course. The problems on the tests and the quizzes will be similar to the homework.

Enclosed is the tentative teaching schedule.