MATH1515 3.0 MW 2001-2002
Introduction to Calculus
Tu, Th 11:30-12:50, SSB 038
Test 3 will take place Tuesday, April 2. It will cover Chapters 8-11. Note that problems from chapter 10 are from 10.1-10.2 only and that problems from chapter 11 are from 11.2-11.3. Solutions to the test will be handed on in class on Thursday.
The Final Exam will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 8:30-1:30 am, in TM SFH West.
Course director: Dr. J. Wick Pelletier
Office: N534 Ross
Telephone: 736-5250 or 726-2100 Ext. 22554
Office hours: M 2-3, Tue 10:15-11:15, and by appointment
Electronic address: email@example.com
TA: Joel Culina,
Aim of course: This course is intended for those who have had no
prior course in calculus at any level. Students who received a
failing grade in a secondary school calculus course can also take it. The
course prepares students for university courses that have "OAC Calculus or
equivalent" as a prerequisite. Since the course progresses at more than
twice the pace of the comparable secondary school course, it is expected that
students will attend class regularly and be diligent in keeping up with the
material and doing problems from the book.
Prerequisite: One OAC in Mathematics or MATH 1510.06 or
equivalent. In particular it is assumed that students will have been
introduced previously to the trigonometric functions.
Degree Credit exclusions: MATH 1500 3.0. The course may not be
taken by anyone who has passed or is currently taking another university
course in Calculus.
Textbook: Calculus - A First Course by James Stewart, Thomas Davison, and Bryan
Ferroni, published by McGraw Hill Ryerson. The text is available at the York
Bookstore. There may also be used copies available for purchase. Answers to all
problems are given in the back of the textbook.
Important dates: The first class is on Thursday, January 3. There
will be no classes from February 11-15 (Reading Week). The last class is
Thursday, April 4. The examination period is from April 8-25.
Friday, January 11, is the last day to enrol in the course without my
permission. Friday, January 25, is the last day to enrol in the course with my
permission, using a special form obtained from the Undergraduate Office in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Friday, March 1. is the last day
to withdraw from the course without receiving a grade.
Assignments: Students are expected to solve as many problems from
the textbook as possible as an aid to learning the material. Solutions will not
be collected nor graded.
Syllabus (subject to change):
Chapter 1 (sections 1.1-1.5)
Chapter 2 (all sections)
Chapter 3 (sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.5)
Chapter 4 (sections 4.1-4.4)
Chapter 5 (sections 5.1-5.5)
Chapter 6 (review only: topics needed for the course will be reviewed)
Chapter 7 (sections 7.1-7.3)
Chapter 8 (all sections except 8.5)
Chapter 9 (section 9.1)
Chapter 10 (sections 10.1-10.4)
Chapter 11 (sections 11.1-11.3)
MathLab: Help with problem-solving for all first year courses is
available in the MathLab, Room S525 Ross. This service will begin the second
week of classes.
Study groups: Students in the course are encouraged to join study
groups, Ideally, such a group should contain 3-6 students. Participation is
optional but strongly recommended. Groups will be set up within the
first few weeks of classes.
Study groups have been found to be very beneficial for students taking
university courses in Mathematics. Working with other students aids in learning
the course material and in problem-solving. Groups usually meet once a week for
an hour or more.
Behaviour: Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves
with York University policies and regulations concerning academic conduct.
These can be found in the Undergraduate Programme Calendar. Special note should
be taken of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Cheating and/or
impersonation, since these offenses are dealt with severely. Photo
identification and signing-in will be required at all tests and at the final
Evaluation: There will be three class tests during the term, which
will normally make up 60% of the final grade. A final exam during the fall
examination period will normally be worth 40%. An alternative to the normal
grading scheme is to have the final examination worth 60% of the grade and the
term work worth 40%. Students will be evaluated under whichever scheme
maximizes their grade.
There will normally be NO MAKE-UPS for class tests missed.
Students who miss a class test must provide valid medical reasons,
substantiated by a doctor's note. Students who are absent by virtue of illness
for final examinations must apply formally for a deferred exam through the
The tentative dates for the class tests are:
Test 1: Thursday, January 31
Test 2: Thursday, March 7
Test 3: Tuesday, April 2
All undergraduate Faculties at York follow a common grading system based on letter grades:
A+ = exceptional
A = excellent
B+ = very good
B = good
C+ = competent
C = fairly competent
D+ = passing
D = barely passing
E = marginally failing
F = failing.
NB: Both E and F are failing grades.
Religious Observance: York University is committed to respecting the
religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community and making
accommodations for observances of special significance to adherents. IF any of
the dates specified in this syllabus for in-class tests pose such a conflict,
students should contact me within the first three weeks of lectures. Please
note if the final examination date poses a conflict, , students must complete
an Examination Accommodation Form, which can be obtained from the Registrar's
Communication: There is a course web page (address listed above), will be
up-dated regularly to include important announcements made in class, such as
the material to be covered on the quizzes or tests. E-mail notes requesting
such information contained on the web page will not be answered. Individual
questions can be discussed by e-mail or telephone, or in person after class or
during office hours.