Calculus I

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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., infintesimals, continuity, mean value theorem).

More course information is available on Canvas.


  1. Growth mindset!
  2. Rogawski, J. & Adams, C. (2015). Single Variable Calculus, 3rd edition, Early transcendentals. ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-7174-1


Research background


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. Students earn "math points" (MP) for demonstration of mathematical thinking in their solutions.

Book exercises (0 MP)

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

Online practice (+10 MP bonus)

WeBWorKproblem sets are used to apply skills from class. Feedback is limited to correct/incorrect so if problems are difficult please see the instructor for better feedback.

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 (10 × 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)

There will be three in-class exams. A note card (5×7, handwritten, both sides) is allowed for each exam as are approved calculators.

Assessments are a part of the learning experience. As such, assessments will not only require mastery of class material, but the ability to apply class material in new situations (Rittle-Johnson, Seigler, Alibali, 2001).

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 answers.

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

Fine print

Health and Safety in the Classroom Each of us shares responsibility for the health and safety of all in the classroom environment. Maintaining social distances, wearing a face cover, and self-reporting symptomatic information are university directives that we all must follow until further notice (for the latest guidance see Specifically, in this classroom we will mitigate the risks of virus transfer by abiding by the following safety directives: maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times in classroom and laboratory environments, wear a cloth face covering for the entirety of class, and stay home when sick. In the classroom, any student who does not follow these provisions will be asked once to follow the safety directives. If the student does not comply, I will next ask the student to leave the class for that day. I will also refer the matter to the Dean of Students Office for review should a student persist in ignoring safety directives.

Attendance A record of attendance will be collected. This is done to maintain accurate class rosters and to assess the impact of attendance on student achievement. Poor attendance may impact group activities.

If you will be absent, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed by checking D2L or contacting fellow classmates. Authorized absences (school functions or emergencies) may be made up for full credit. Assignments for non-authorized absences may be completed late for 90% credit if the assignment has not been returned to the class yet. All other make-ups receive 75% credit and must be completed within two weeks of the original due date or 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, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 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.

*Midterm grades will be based on percentage of points completed at the time of midterm submission. For final grades, total points will be rounded up to the nearest whole number to determine a letter grade. Individual scores or grades will not modified because they represent a student's progress in the class throughout the semester.

Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 to determine accommodations before contacting the instructor.

Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described on the UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students web site.

Civility As members of this class, we are members of a larger learning community where excellence is achieved through civility. Our actions affect everyone in our community. Courtesy is reciprocated and extends beyond our local setting, whether in future jobs, classes, or communities. Civility is not learned individually, it is practiced as a community.