University of Virginia, Summer 2017

"Everything's been said, but it needs saying again."

Course Location: Monroe 116
Course Time: MWF 10:30-12:45
Instructor: David Sherman
Office: 211 Kerchof Hall
Office Hours: TBD
Office Phone: 924-7079
Course webpage:,1210/base.html

Text: Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences (9th edition) by Soo T. Tan. Students are also required to have an account for the online homework platform Enhanced WebAssign. Using the key "virginia 8744 4624", students should add themselves into this class. Access is free for up to 14 days, but students will need to purchase a code before the trial period ends. This can be done at the WebAssign web site or the UVa bookstore, where it comes either bundled with a physical textbook or separate. Note that your online account includes the ebook; a physical textbook is optional.

Course content: We will cover roughly the first six chapters of the textbook: limits, derivatives, exponentials/logarithms, and integration. In addition to developing some mastery of the underlying theory, we will see various applications and emphasize the graphical meaning of our calculations.

Why you should take a calculus course: To put it mildly, calculus is one of the most beautiful and powerful inventions in the history of humanity. It solves problems in virtually any field of quantitative investigation -- how to do things cheaply or quickly, how to design things. Here is the setup, simplified: suppose you are interested in some quantity that is changing -- income flow, velocity, force, chemical mass, etc. Calculus computes two other quantities: the rate of change (like, how quickly is the mass disappearing?) and the total (like, how much income accrued in the past week?). Rates of change are derivatives, and totals are integrals. Derivatives and integrals are related to each other in a profound way....

Why you might not want to take this calculus course: At UVa we have two two-semester introductory calculus sequences, 1210-1220 and 1310-1320. You want to be in the right course!
--The 1210-1220 sequence is terminal; it does not fulfill the prerequisite for Calculus III or higher math courses. Students considering a major with high mathematical content should take 1310-1320.
--Students who know the material in 1210 can take 1220 even if they do not have college credit for 1210.
-- There is also 1190, a version of 1210 that includes extra precalculus review at the beginning.

Timetable: A developing timetable for the course is kept at,1210/M17,1210,timetable.html.

Exams: There will be two midterms (dates TBD) and a final on Saturday June 10, all conducted during class time without calculators or notes of any kind.

Diagnostic quiz: We will have a short quiz at the beginning of class on Wednesday May 17. The problems will be similar to those in the first homework assignment. Students who have difficulty with this quiz should consider what extra steps might be needed to succeed in the course.

Online homework: We will have frequent online homework assignments, done via WebAssign.

Classwork: As frequently as possible, students will work problems in pairs or larger groups, enjoying a happy, conversational atmosphere with access to notes, books, an instructor, and each other. If you miss lecture, you cannot make up the classwork.

Other grading criteria: We may have a few written homework assignments and/or non-surprise quizzes. These will be posted on the web page.

Class attendance: It's required. We will often do group work. We will also discuss mathematics that is in neither the book nor homework.

Grading criteria: 20% each midterm, 30% final, 3% diagnostic quiz, 27% everything else. I will assign letter grade numerical ranges for each midterm after it is scored.

Learning disabilities: All students with special needs requiring accommodations should present the appropriate paperwork from the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). It is the student's responsibility to present this paperwork in a timely fashion and follow up with the instructor about the accommodations being offered. Accommodations for test-taking (e.g., extended time) should be arranged at least 5 business days before an exam.

Some tutoring options: Kelsey Goodin (, math grad student; Mitchell Vaughn ( and Brandon Farris (, undergraduate employees at the UVa Math Tutoring Center; possibly also Kumud Altmayer ( or Altun Shukurlu (, math-related grad students.

Important dates:
Last day to add -- May 16
Diagnostic quiz -- May 17
Exam 1 -- ??
Last day to drop -- May 25
Memorial Day holiday -- May 29
Exam 2 -- ??
Last day to withdraw -- June 2
Last day of class -- June 9
Final exam -- June 10 (Saturday)

Please also note the college's refund policy: dropping the course during days 1 or 2 = 100% refund; days 3 or 4 = 75% refund; days 5 or 6 = 50% refund; after that = no refund.

Random dicta:
1) I hope you're not insulted by my stating a few rules of common courtesy: please turn cell phones and laptops off during lecture, please no eating during lecture, and please do not leave before the end of lecture unless you have discussed the reason with me before lecture starts.
2) You learn math by doing it. The book and WebAssign offer many ways to practice.
3) You may work with other students, but written assignments must be completed entirely in your own words. You are also allowed to use outside sources (books, webpages, wise Aunt Brenda), but you must cite them on your paper.
4) It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
5) Be an enthusiastic learner. Participate in class by asking and answering questions. Come talk to me in my office to iron out things you don't understand.
6) If circumstances arise that affect your performance in the course, you should inform me before they influence your grade.

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