### Math 155 Introduction to Differential Calculus (Fall 2000-Allegheny College)

# Syllabus

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.

**Time and Place:** MWF 9 a.m. and T 9:30 at Arter 213
**Instructor:** Peter Saveliev
**Office:** Carr 239
**Office Hours: **Tuesday 2:30-5:00, Wednesday 2:30-3:30, Thursday 1:30-4:00, Friday 2:30-4:00, or by appointment, or any time I am there (see my full schedule)
**Office Phone:** x2910
**Home Phone:** 337-0390 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
**E-mail:** psavelie (put Math 155 as the subject)
**Class Web-Page: **http:\\saveliev.net, then go to Math 155.
**Mailbox: **Carr Hall, Box 29
**Prerequisites:** good algebra skills, good familiarity with plane geometry
**Text:** *Introduction to Differential Calculus, *Second Edition, by Ron Harrell (1. Preliminaries, 2. Functions, 3. Derivatives and Limits: an Introduction, 4. Limits, Continuity, and Differentiability, 5. Applications of the Derivative)
**Goals: **good familiarity with major functions, understanding of the limit and the derivative, confident differentiation
**Group Problems:** due weekly (please, staple!), each Friday unless specified otherwise
**Quizzes:** based on the practice problems assigned daily, once or twice a week (unless we are having an exam)
**Grade Breakdown:**

group problems + quizzes: 25% (1-2 may be dropped)

3 exams: 15% each

final exam: 30%
**Letter Grades:** A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60

From the Catalogue:

**155** Introduction to Differential Calculus

A study of numbers, order and inequalities, functions, limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic functions, and applications of the derivative. All students planning to enroll in this course must take the Mathematics Placement Examination. Students who have successfully completed Mathematics 156 or 160 will not be given credit for this course. Students who do not complete Mathematics 155 with a grade of "C" or better must request permission of instructor to enroll in subsequent courses in Mathematics. Four 50-minute lectures per week.