Calculus I

Internet Based

MATH 181

Section I 01

Term: Fall, 2006 (August 26 - December)
Revision: 14 Jl 06
Credits: 4
Class Time: Two lectures weekly.
You should set aside several definite times each week to work homework.
Instructor: Frank Daniels
Instructor e-mail address: You need to know this!
Frank Daniels
Great Basin College
Ely Branch Campus
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3589 (office)
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)

Textbook: Calculus, Fifth Edition, by James Stewart
ISBN: 0-534-39339-X

This book may be ordered through your outlet of choice (e.g., or through Follett at this location.
This is the same textbook that will be used for MATH 182 and MATH 283.

Class Conditions:

  1. You must be using a Windows-based system.
  2. You must have a Web browser that is graphics capable and frames-capable. That browser must be set up to run JavaScript. The class assumes you are using Netscape version 7 or 8, or Internet Explorer version 6. You need an e-mail account somewhere to send and receive feedback. The class assumes that you know how to properly use e-mail and your browser.
  3. Your Internet software must be installed and working. This class does not teach how to set up your Internet software.
  4. You must obtain a WebCT account from the Tech Desk and familiarize yourself with that account. Their phone number is (775) 753-3511. You may also e-mail the Tech Desk.
  5. You must have Microsoft Word 97 or higher on your system and know how to use it.
  6. Your copy of MS Word must have the Equation Editor installed and working. Sometimes, the Equation Editor has not been installed. You can check this by going into MS Word and selecting the "Insert" menu from the list of menus at the top. From this menu, choose "Object." This should give you a list of all kinds of objects to insert. "Microsoft Equation" should be somewhere on the list. If it is not, you'll need to put your installation disc into your computer and make sure all of the Office tools are installed. The first lesson will familiarize you with the features of the Editor that we will use.

Class Description:

Prerequisite: MATH 126 and 127 or equivalent, within two years.
The fundamental concepts of analytic geometry and calculus functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, and integrals. These topics correspond to chapters 2-5 of our textbook.

This course is NOT "self-paced". Taking a math course online is considerably difficult, but if you succeed in keeping up and ask questions about material that you do not understand, you will succeed. Remember that you have a "live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence course.

Course Objectives:

The successful student will master all major concepts in differential and integral calculus, including some theory.

Instructional Methods:

Each week, there will be assigned readings from the book, which will be contained on each course lecture. I will provide lectures on the central points in each section that we cover. Portions of these lessons will be written with Microsoft Word, using the Equation Editor.

Feel free to ask questions on the phone, via e-mail, by fax, or (preferred) by attaching MS Word files to e-mail. I plan to answer all questions within 24 hours.

Homework Policy:

If you don't do homework, it is unlikely that you will pass the course. However, homework will not normally be collected for a grade. The student is expected to do half of the problems from each section that we cover. Test problems will be similar but not identical to those in the book. Occasionally (see below), I will ask that you turn in your homework to be graded. When I do this, you should submit your homework as MS Word files, attached to an e-mail message.


The class is graded on four tests and various assignments, as follows:
4 tests, each worth 35 points. These will be available in WebCT when the time comes and must be completed without assistance in one weekend's time, typically due the Monday after they are assigned in the lessons. Most test problems will be difficult enough that you cannot simply copy something from the book, although you should remember that the methods are generally the same. These tests will normally occur as we complete a chapter and will be "chapter tests." Consequently, each test will be no longer than 10 questions. You will e-mail your completed tests back to me as attached files. After they have been graded (usually the Thursday following their due date), I will post a message indicating so, and you will e-mail me after that time for your test grade.

5 homework assignments, each worth 20 points. These will be assigned at various times during the semester and will include a subset of your normal homework assignment. As with the other material, you will write the homework in MS Word and attach the file to an e-mail message. Homework must be completed on time.

1 Final Exam, worth 60 points. The test will be cumulative, covering all of the course material. It will be mailed out to you as an attached MS Word file, and you will complete it within 2 days. It will contain no more than 26 questions. Special: If you have an "A" average (216 points or better) going into the final, you do not have to take the final exam, but you must still hand in the final homework.

Therefore, the total number of points available for the semester is 300 points. The number of points required to obtain each grade is as follows:

A 270
B+ 255
B 240
C+ 225
C 210
D+ 195
D 180
F 0

Academic Integrity:

The Nevada System of Higher Education Code (Chapter 6) expressly forbids all forms of academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating, copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned zero points for the current assignment. If the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to involve other students and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then all students involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought to the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I will normally recommend that students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year disciplinary probation.

Starting from scratch:

This class is accessed from the Internet. Therefore, there has to be regular contact between us. I need to have you send me an e-mail message telling me you are ready to begin, and you need to do this by 5PM Pacific Time on September 1st, 2006. If you need to find some help to get started, you can always e-mail or phone me at the college building.

Getting started:

  1. Purchase the book ahead of time.
  2. Have your Internet access installed, and know how to use it.
  3. Become acquainted with the WebCT environment. The course material will be posted in the Calendar.
  4. Familiarize yourself with MS Word and the Equation Editor.
  5. Retrieve your first lesson, which will be posted as a web page (available through the course calendar in WebCT). If you cannot access the page by September 1st, even though your WebCT access is active, write to me immediately via e-mail.
  6. Read the book and lecture material for lesson 1, and notice that Lesson 2 will arrive on Wednesday.
  7. PLEASE ask questions about any material that you find difficult to understand!
You must not take this course if you have not had MATH 127 or the equivalent recently.

Good luck!

All lessons are 2000, 2005 Frank Daniels
Licensed to Great Basin College