Calculus I

Professor Hlas
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Calculus has it limits. —Anonymous

Course Information

A calculus course serves as a capstone experience while catapulting students into a new world of mathematics. As a capstone experience, calculus will integrate many, if not all facets of a student's previous mathematics experience. At the same time, we move beyond these previous experiences to study powerful mathematical ideas (e.g., infinitesimals, continuity, mean value theorem).

Course learning outcomes include: limits, differentiation, applications derivatives, and integrals.

This course helps students meet the following Liberal Education Learning Outcome(s):

More course information is available on Canvas.


  1. Growth mindset!
  2. Rogawski, J. & Adams, C. (2015). Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 4th edition.




Each student is expected to master the material in a variety of ways including: multi-step problems, applications, and conceptual understanding. If any concerns arise regarding grading, please contact the instructor. On every assignment, students start at zero then earn "math points" (MP) for demonstration of mathematical thinking in their solutions. It is important to accurately show your mathematical thinking and to communicate clearly.

Book exercises (0 MP)

Recommended practice exercises from the book are listed in the calendar. This exercises are not graded but are recommended as similar problems will likely appear on quizzes or exams.

Online practice (+10 MP bonus)

Homework problem sets apply skills from class and allow for practice. Problems in WeBWorK may be attempted multiple times, but only the highest score is recorded. Feedback is immediate, but is limited to correct/incorrect so please contact the instructor when better feedback is needed.

Each student earns bonus points based on their percent of correct answers. For example, say a given student completes 70% of the problems. This student receives 70% of 10, or 7 bonus points.

Group quizzes (7 × 10 MP)

During most weeks a group quiz will be given. Only one quiz per group will be scored with each group member receiving the same score. It is expected that all group members contribute to quiz responses and that all answers are fully explained. Notes are not allowed for quizzes, but approved calculators are allowed.

Exams (3 × 25 MP)

"To assess conceptual knowledge, researchers often use novel tasks … Because children do not already know a procedure for solving the task, they must rely on their knowledge of relevant concepts to generate methods for solving the problems." (Rittle-Johnson, Seigler, Alibali, 2001, p. 347). Assessments are a part of the learning experience so will require mastery of class material and will require the ability to apply class material to new situations.

There will be three in-class exams. One page of notes (one-sided, hand-written) is allowed for each exam as are approved calculators.

Final exam (25 MP, +5 MP bonus)

This course uses a comprehensive, common final with the other sections. The final exam is typically 25 multiple-choice questions. Students gain +1 MP for every 5 correct multiple-choice answers.

Remember that university policy does not allow students to take a final examination prior to its scheduled time, so plan accordingly.

Fine print

Email is the best way to reach me. I typically respond within 24 hours, but do not check email in the evenings or on Saturdays due to family commitments.

Attendance A record of attendance is required by the University to maintain accurate class rosters. Attendance is not graded but poor attendance may impact participation in group activities.

Absences If you are absent, please check the course schedule then meet with me (drop-in hours, Zoom, or email) so I can make sure you are caught up. Authorized absences (school functions, emergencies or illness) may be made up for full credit. Other absences may be completed early for full credit, or late for 90% credit. Late work is expected to be completed within two weeks of the original due date or by the last day of classes, whichever occurs first.

Entry-level switching The Department of Mathematics allows students within entry-level mathematics courses (i.e., 010, 020, 104, 109, 112, 114, or 246) to move up to a higher numbered course during the first two weeks of a semester or move down during the first three weeks. Please contact the instructor for more details.


Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations should contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 at the beginning of the semester.

Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course will be submitted to the Dean of Students.

Mandatory Reporter As a Wisconsin State employee, the instructor is obligated to report any crimes to the Dean of Students, including claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The Dean of Students office may reach out to you to offer resources and support.

Community As members of this class we are members of a learning community that values all people with all backgrounds. Please remember that our words and actions affect everyone within our community and remember a little positivity can go a long way.