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Syllabus and Class Policies. MATH 130: Summer 2014. Prerequisites. This course requires either: having passed MATH 115 (College Algebra) or an equivalent course, having obtained high enough score on the USD Math Placement Test. Please specify which of the above qualifies you for the course.

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Syllabus and class policies

Syllabus and Class Policies

MATH 130: Summer 2014


This course requires either:

  • having passed MATH 115 (College Algebra) or an equivalent course,

  • having obtained high enough score on the USD Math Placement Test.

    Please specify which of the above qualifies you for the course.


Regular attendance is necessary. This is an intense and fast course, and if you miss even a single class, it may be difficult to catch up. Note that each class meeting will cover almost 5% of the course material.


The textbook: A. Himonas, A. Howard: Calculus, Ideas & Applications. Wiley, 2003. You should read assigned sections of the textbook in advance.


Office hours:

Tuesdays, 12-1,

Wednesdays, 2:45-3:45

Serra 149, ext. 4035.

The best way to contact me is by e-mail ( or I am on e-mail most of the time.

Course website
Course Website

The course website: .

You should check the website daily for assignments, announcements, hints, etc.

Course learning outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of basic calculus topics. This includes knowledge of definitions and theorems with complete assumptions.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use methods of basic calculus and perform computations accurately and efficiently.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems, including applications outside of mathematics.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly.

Course topics and schedule
Course topics and schedule

  • Precalculus Review (Chapter 0)

  • Limits and Continuity (Chapter 1)

  • Exponentials and Logarithms (Chapter 2; this material is mostly review)

  • Differentiation (Chapter 3)

  • Applications of the Derivative (Chapter 4)

  • Integration and its Applications (Chapter 5, Sections 6.1, 6.2)

    The detailed tentative schedule is available on the course website:


Homework will be assigned during each class meeting. It is due at the beginning of the next class meeting.

Late homework assignments will be accepted ONLY if you arrange it with me BEFORE they are due.

The homework assignments will be graded mainly on effort, as the main purpose is to give you an opportunity to practice the material you study in class and at home.


There will be a short (5-10 minutes) quiz at the beginning of each class (except for today  and the days of the exams – the total of 20 quizzes). The quiz exercise(s) will be mostly on the material covered during the previous class. Three lowest quiz scores will be dropped. An absence on a quiz will result in the score of 0, unless a make-up has been arranged with me PRIOR to missing the quiz.


There will be two tests (45-minute exams) – Thursday, July 3, and Thursday, July 17. Tests cannot be made up, unless a certifiable case of emergency occurs. In such a case, you need to let me know BEFORE the test day and obtain my approval.

The cumulative final exam will be held on the last class day – Thursday, July 31.

Grading system
Grading system

The course grade will be based on homework, quizzes, tests, and final exam scores:

  • The homework and quizzes scores count for 20% of the course grade each,

  • The average of test scores counts for 30% of the course grade.

  • The final exam score counts for 30% of the course grade.

    The grade ranges (I generally do not use “curve”) are:

    Between 90 and 100% -- A

    Between 80 and 90% -- B

    Between 60 and 80% -- C

    Between 50 and 60% -- D

    (Of course, “pluses” and “minuses” will be assigned, when the percentages are near the endpoints of the ranges.)

Academic integrity
Academic Integrity

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science strongly promotes academic integrity. Consequences of violations of academic integrity policy are severe.