### Math 155 Introduction to Differential Calculus (Spring 2001-Allegheny College)

# Syllabus

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

*-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.*

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***Time and Place:** MWThF 11 a.m. Arter 205
**Instructor:** Peter Saveliev
**Office:** Carr 239 (to the right of the main entrance)
**Office Hours: **Tuesday 1:30-5:00, Wednesday 1:30-3:30, Thursday 1:30-4:00, or by appointment, or any time I am there (see my complete 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:** solid algebra skills, good knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, familiarity with basic functions
**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: **understanding of functions, 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
**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.