Home, 12/20 (last message)

The course is over, the final grades are in!

The final exam grades weren't so hot, but this seems to happen every time on the final exam, probably because of the volume of material that needs to be reviewed in a short amount of time.  Overall, however, your points added up and I think more or less everyone received the grade they were hoping for.

Final exam solutions are on the "Scores and solutions" page.   You may also find the final grade statistics there.  If you use the grade computer to figure out your overall score, you will need your final exam grade, which you can get from me by emailing me from your Murray State account (so that I am sure it is you).

I greatly enjoyed teaching the course!  Special thanks to people who regularly participated in class discussion and who came prepared with homework questions: they made my work easier and more interesting!

Happy holidays and have an excellent break!

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Home, 12/10

Exam 4 turned out well, with the highest average so far.

The final exam will take place on Tuesday, 12/14 at 10:30 in our usual classroom.  The final exam is comprehensive and the best way to study for it is to make sure you can do all the problems we had on previous exams. 
Solutions to all the exams, quizzes and worksheets are now posted.

Office hours for next week are as follows:

Finals week office hours
Monday 11:00-3:00
Tuesday 9-10:30, 1:00-3:00
Thursday 9:00-1:30

If you cannot make any of these times, contact me and we'll make an appointment.

Best of luck on final exams!

Home, 12/10

Exam 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, 12/8.  It will cover sections 4.10 and 5.1-5.4 and appendix E.  In order to ease the burden of an exam during the last week of classes, half of this exam will be
in-class, while the other half will be take-home and due the following day.

Take home quiz 5 is due on Monday.  Solutions will be available here when I return the quiz to you on Tuesday.

Home, 12/3

Exam 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, 12/8.  It will cover sections 4.10 and 5.1-5.4 and appendix E.  In order to ease the burden of an exam during the last week of classes, half of this exam will be
in-class, while the other half will be take-home and due the following day.

Take home quiz 5 is due on Monday.  Solutions will be available here when I return the quiz to you on Tuesday.

Home, 11/22

Exam 3 turned out a little better than the last exam, but still not that great (see 'Scores and Solutions').  Turn in corrections by on Monday to get up to 3 points toward your exam score.

Have a great Thanksgiving break, but don't forget calculus completely!  We just started our last topic, integration.   The new homework assignment has been posted - look at homeworks in 4.10 and Appendix E for next week.

For the rest of the semester, I expect we'll have a worksheet or quiz next week and then Exam 4 the last week of classes.

Home, 11/15

Exam 3 is scheduled for Friday, 11/19.  It will cover 3.11, 4.1-4.4. and 4.7.  A little of 4.5 might come up if we get to it.

Since word problems are often difficult for students, I am planning a pre-exam worksheet for Wednesday involving optimization problems and L'Hospital's rule.

Home, 11/5

We started a new chapter and the new assignment is on the homework page.  Right now, homework up to 4.1 has been assigned.

Exam 2 solutions are now available.

Home, 10/29

Exam 2 turned out pretty poorly, although I thought it shouldn't have been very difficult.  See the scoreboard.  To help your exam grade a maximum of 3 points, turn in corrections to a problem (perhaps more than one) on a separate sheet of paper, along with your exam,  by Wednesday.

Remember to vote on Tuesday!  It's important!

Home, 10/21

Exam 2 has been scheduled for Thursday, 10/21.  It will cover chapter 3, except for 3.9 and 3.11.  Calculators will NOT be allowed on this exam (you really won't need them).  Chapter 3 is mostly about taking derivatives, so be sure you know how to take them.

If you are having any trouble with the material, now is the time to see me.  Check "contact info" for office hours.

Today I handed out a take-home quiz that is being returned on Monday.  If you didn't receive it, email me and I'll send it to you.

Home, 10/14

Hope everyone is having a nice fall break.  Don't forget calculus while you are at it.  Currently, homework from 3.5 and 3.6 has been assigned, and we will do some of it on Monday.  Come prepared!

I've finally added the "grade computer" feature.  You enter your grades so far, and it tells you your overall grade, and what you need to get on the next exam in order to achieve a target average.  You can enter as many hypothetical grades from the future as you wish to see what effect they will have on your total grade.  Try it!  (Click "grade computer" at right.)

Home, 10/8

We started 3.4 today.  Get started on some homework over that section over the weekend.  Also, 3.3 has already been assigned.

Home, 10/5

That first exam - not good... You can see the statistics on the "scores and solutions" page.

Since I felt the exam was too long, I am letting you turn in corrections to the exam in order to get up to 6 points credited to your score.  Do this on a separate sheet of paper and turn it in by Wednesday, 10/6.  Solutions to the exam will become available after you turn in the corrections.

As you can see from the exam, the problems are not really difficult, but they are not trivial either, and this is how it will always be.  Note that all of the problems on the exam appeared in class, on homework, or on worksheets.  Many would have benefitted from checking out exams that I have given in a previous Calculus 1 class.  It is your job to track these down on the web (yes, they are  out there).   As is usual, algebra accounted for a too large number of points lost.  We cannot spend time on algebra - it is expected of you to be proficient.  If you are rusty, I can give you some practice sheets.

We've started chapter 3 and are having a quiz over sections 3.1 and 3.2 (differentiation rules) on Friday.

Home, 9/24

Exam 1, over chapter 2 (except 2.4), is scheduled for Thursday, 9/30.  The problems on the exam will be much like the ones given for homework, on quizzes and worksheets and those done in class.

Exam  1 (with solutions) from an earlier Calculus 1 course that I had taught is available on the web.  It's a pretty good sample of what you might expect.  Use your internet sleuthing skills to track it down.  If you are having trouble with anything make sure you come to see me for office hours.  (If you can't come for the scheduled times, we'll set up a time.)

Do homework in chapters 2.6 and 2.7 for Monday, as well as finish the worksheet that we started in class on Friday.

Home, 9/17

We (finally) finished section 2.3, after spending the whole week on it.  This is because skills for computing limits will be needed throughout the course.  We start on 2.5 next week, skipping 2.4 for now.

Reminder: your take-home quiz over 2.3 is due on Monday.

Home, 9/13

The results of Friday's quiz are in.  You can see them on the "Scores and Solutions" page, as well as find the solutions.  If you did poorly on this one, make sure you go back over this material, because it is the basics.  In the future, make sure you see me as soon as you have any trouble with the new stuff.

Home, 9/3

We are done with 2.2, so do the homework over that section so we can discuss it on Tuesday.

Next week, we will finish the review chapter by going over homework in 1.5,1.6 and Appendix D.  We also plan to have a quiz over the review material, probably on Thursday.

Home, 8/27

We are done with section 2.1, so do the homework from that section.  Also, 1.1-1.3 have been assigned so far for review.

Next week, I anticipate having a worksheet in class, most likely Tuesday.

Home, 8/24

Welcome to the course!  Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of the webpage. The most important links are highlighted.

These pages will get more content as the semester progresses.  Check back often: useful  infomation is provided in the 'home' section (which you are reading), which will typically be updated weekly.  Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.