Calculus I

Course Details

Course Number
Math 1634
Section Number
Math 1634
Fall 2012
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Bolin 101
Days & Times

MTRF 11 - 11:50

Dr. Dawn Slavens (view Profile)


Calculus Early Transcendental Functions, 5th Ed.
By Larson and Edwards

Course Objectives

COURSE DESCRIPTION (from 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog):   Differentiation of functions of one variable with applications, integration including simple substitution and numerical evaluation, and applications of integration. 


CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN TEXTBOOK AND COURSE TOPICS:  Topics from the Course Description coincide with Chapters 2-5 of the textbook.  Chapter 1 contains a brief review of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, including the concept of inverse functions.  You should review this chapter on your own, as needed.

Course Expectations

Make-up Exams: Make-up exams are not generally given; however, such exams may be given (at the instructor’s discretion) for an absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency (such as hospitalization or a family member’s funeral).  Further, timely notification (on or before the scheduled day of the exam) of such emergencies is necessary to receive consideration to make up the missed exam.  In the event of an approved university activity the student should complete all work prior to missing class to participate in the activity.  

 Homework:  Homework assignments will be given daily.  You should emphasize understanding of concepts and use problem solving as a means of testing your grasp of the mathematical concepts presented in class and in the text. Mathematics is learned by working lots of problems.  It is important to dedicate yourself to working all assigned problems. Seek help as needed to correctly complete all assigned problems.

 Homework & Quiz Policy: Late homework is not accepted and make-up quizzes are not given. 

Available Help: If you have made every effort to succeed in this course (good attendance and an honest effort on homework assignments) and you are still having difficulty, seek help.  The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor.  If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor outside of class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times or go to the math help sessions in room 101 (M-R 2-5 & F 1-4).


Grading Standards

GRADING POLICY:   Grades will be calculated using the following point and grading scheme:


                    Daily             100 points                       Percentage Scale:     90 – 100        A

                    Test I            100 points                                                               80 – 89          B

                    Test II           100 points                                                                70 – 79          C

                    Test III          100 points                                                                60 – 69          D

                    Test IV          100 points                                                               Below 60       F 

                    Test V           100 points

                    Final Exam    200 points                                                             

Final Exam

12/10/2012 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance:  Midwestern State University’s Class Attendance Policy is stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  You are expected to attend every class meeting.  The nature of the study of mathematics is such that absences will most likely cause you to fall behind and result in poor performance.  You are expected to be in your seat when class begins and remain for the entire period.  If there is an occasion in which you must leave class early, please inform the instructor of your need to do so prior to the start of class.  A student who misses more than four class periods prior to October 22th or more than six class periods at any time after October 22th will be dismissed from class with a grade of “WF” or “F.”  Exceptions to the above attendance policy may be made for extenuating circumstances.  Additionally, if you decide to discontinue this course before October 22nd, process a drop through the Registrar’s Office to avoid a grade of ‘F’. 

Other Policies

CalculatorA graphing calculator is required for this course.  Bring your graphing calculator to each class meeting.

 Textbook:  The textbook is required for the course. 

 Cell Phones and Pagers:  Please turn these off or put them on silent during class.  Further, do not text or make use of your cell phone during class.  Incompliant students will be dropped from the class. 

 Adhering to Scheduled Class TimeStudents who need to leave class early should have permission from the instructor or be counted absent for the entire class period.  Students should make every effort to arrive to class on time and remain for the entire period.  Leaving class early or arriving to class late causes a disruption in the class.  For the benefit of everyone, please do your best to arrive to class on time and stay for the entire period.  Excessively arriving late or leaving early will result in dismissal from the class with a grade of F.

 Cheating:  Evidence of cheating on any of the assessments from which your course grade will be determined will result in a grade of zero on the evaluated work and possibly a grade of F in the course.  No grades of zero that result from cheating will be dropped when course averages are computed. 

 Student Rights: All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for information related to student responsibilities, rights and activities.  Topics such as Student Affairs and Student Life, Academic Issues, Financial Issues, University Policies and Procedures, and Code of Student Conduct are included in this handbook. 

 Disability PolicyThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at