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MA 123 Calculus I
Fall 2017

This course is the initial course in BU's traditional sequence of three calculus courses. We discuss the two fundamental concepts of calculus—differentiation and integration. Since both are based on the notion of a limit, we begin the course with a thorough discussion of limits. Next we consider differentiation and its applications, and the course concludes with a discussion of integration and its relationship to differentiation.

We cover most of the material in Chapters 2–5 of the text.

Textbook and on-line homework system: Detailed information about the textbook options is available at http://math.bu.edu/people/paul/123/textbook.html.

Instructional Format:

A Sections: These sections are the weekly lectures (3 hours/week). All students must be registered for one of these sections.

When you register for an A section, you are also reserving the Thursday evening 6:30–8:30 time slot. Our two midterm exams will be administered at this time, and you should not schedule anything that conflicts with this block. The first midterm exam will be held on October 26, and our second midterm exam will be held on November 30. There will also be a major quiz administered in discussion section during the discussions that meet on October 3–5.

The final exam will be given during one of the evenings of the final exam period (December 16–December 21). We are currently waiting for confirmation of our room request, so YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY travel arrangements until we have finalized the day and time.

B Sections: These sections are the "studio-style" discussion sections. All students must be registered for one of these sections. Attendance in discussion section is mandatory.

Course web page: Most course materials and the on-line homework assignments will be available at www.mymathlab.com. Your course ID on MyMathLab is determined by your A section and is available from your lecturer.


Grading: In addition to the two midterm exams and the final, there will be quizzes in discussion section.

Your grade for the course will be determined using the following percentages:

Each midterm exam 20%
Final exam 30%
Quiz grade 15%
Homework grade 10%
Lecturer's discretion 5%

Getting help:

Homework policies:

Discussion section policies:

Exam and quiz policies:

Make-up exams: We do not give make-up exams except in truly extraordinary circumstances. For example, if you are suffering from an illness that requires hospitalization, we will either adjust the grading scheme given above or administer a make-up exam. If you miss an exam to participate in a sporting event hosted by a club sport, you will receive a grade of zero. Note the reference below to the University's policy on religious observance.

If you think that you might miss an exam, contact the course coordinator, Professor Rohrlich, in advance as soon as possible.

If permission to make up an exam is granted, please be aware that the make-up exam need not have the same format as the original exam, and it may be more difficult.

University Policy on Religious Observance: This course will adhere to the University's policy on religious observance. Note that this policy states that students are required to inform instructors, in writing, of conflicts with the course schedule and requirements due to their religious observance as early as possible in the semester.

Course announcements: All general course announcements will be posted on the MyMathLab web sites. You are responsible for any information that is posted there.

Gradebooks: Your homework grades will be posted on the MyMathLab sites, and your exam and quiz grades will be posted on the Blackboard sites for this course. We double check the grades when we record them, but with so many students in this course, it is possible that some errors will be made when we record the grades. You should check your grades in a regular fashion, for example, once every two weeks, and if there is a mistake, show it to your TF or your lecturer at your next discussion section or lecture. You should keep all of your graded papers until the course grades have been determined. No grades will be changed unless we can review your original papers.

Academic conduct: Your work and conduct in this course are governed by the Boston University Academic Conduct Code. This code is designed to promote high standards of academic honesty and integrity as well as fairness. It is your responsibility to know and follow the provisions of the code. In particular, all work that you submit in this course must be your original work. If you have a question about any aspect of academic conduct, please ask.

Standards of civilized behavior: The lectures and the discussion sections are times that are devoted to learning calculus, and activities that interfere with this process will not be tolerated. Although you may use your smart phones, tablets, or laptops to answer questions at the Learning Catalytics website during lecture, your use of these devices at other times during lecture and discussion section will be subject to the approval of your lecturer or discussion section leaders. Tweeting, texting, shopping online, and visiting Facebook are certainly not allowed.

Important dates: In addition to the exam dates mentioned above, you should know that the last day to withdraw from the course without a grade of W is October 10. The last day to withdraw from the course while receiving a grade of W is November 10.