Syllabus: MAT 191-02 Calculus I. Fall 2015. Jennings.

Class meets face-to-face, in the classroom.

MAT 191 Course description, prerequisites, and units.


Textbook and other required materials

Textbook: APEX Calculus 1 (Version 3.0) by Gregory Hartman. Download (free) and buy a cheap paper copy at . I recommend the paper copy, it's very convenient!

Please do not imagine that you can pass this course without a textbook. Students who try that always fail. The course is too hard to learn without careful study. You'll need your textbook starting on the first day of class.

Course requirements, grading, due dates, attendance, extra credit


Homework 20% of grade
Two Midterm exams (20% each) 40% of grade
Final exam 40% of grade
100% of your grade

Homework is mainly on the WeBWorK homework web site, but I may give occasional pencil-and-paper assignments too. WeBWorK due dates are announced on the WeBWorK web site, pencil-and-paper assignments will be announced in class and on the course calendar . Work is due on its due date; I generally don't give make-up work. I don't give "extra credit".

Homework is the most important part of the course because math is a skill that takes practice to learn.

Attendance. I rarely take attendance but long experience shows that students who miss a significant number of class meetings rarely pass and almost never do well. You are paying us to teach you, but you can only get the value that you've paid for if you show up and participate.

Practice tests?

Some of my old MAT 191 exams are posted on my home page -- look for "Old exams". I don't guarantee that my exams this semester will look like those old exams, but they may be useful.

Schedule of class meetings, readings, and exams

See the Course calendar (

Learning outcomes

Upon completing MAT 191 students should be proficient in the topics covered in the course calendar (

Computer and Information Literacy

Computers can't do calculus for you, what you need are your brain cells. However computers can generate nice diagrams and do tedious arithmetical calculations that would take you a lot of time to do by hand, so we'll use them sometimes in class. Most computer programs are designed to be pretty easy to use, all you really need to be able to do is turn the machine on, type in your name and password so you can log in, and read and follow instructions. If you use a calculator read your manual!! If you have lost the manual you can probably find one online -- just use a search engine like Google or Microsoft Bing to search for one. You'll need to use WeBWorK to do the homework problems, which means you'll need to have access to the internet, use a web browser, and type in answers to math problems. Don't worry about this -- just follow the instructions. If you have trouble just ask me or somebody else to help.

Other official notices in the 2017-2018 university catalog

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Personal conduct

We all are adults so we all know what to do. Just follow the Golden Rule: treat the other people in our class with respect, as each of us would expect to be treated by others. In my long experience CSU Dominguez Hills students have always been very decent people, so this never is an issue. However anyone who cannot respect others will be removed from the class.