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:

Course page:

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 examination.

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 Registrar's Office.

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 Office.

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.