Math 115 - Fall 1999

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This is one of two Math 115 websites, the other of which is maintained by Math 115 instructor Jason Howald and which has additional resources and, in general, some really nice stuff. Check it out!

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Information about individual sections and exam rooms
Course schedule, including exam dates
Homework assignments
Review materials for the uniform and final exams
Information about the derivative gateway test
How to get help for the course

General Course Information

Prerequisites: 3-4 years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry.
Credit: 4 credits.
Required Text: Calculus by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, et al, second edition.
Calculator: TI-83 programmable graphing calculator. Other programmable graphing calculators may be substituted, but the student is responsible for translating the supplied programs into ones that will work on the calculator.
Background and Goals: The sequence Math 115-116-215 is the standard complete introduction to the concepts and methods of calculus. It is taken by the majority of students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields. The emphasis is on concepts and solving problems rather than theory and proof. All sections are given two uniform exams during the course of the semester as well as a uniform final exam.
Content: The course presents the concepts of calculus from three points of view: geometric (graphs); numerical (tables); and algebraic (formulas). Students will develop their reading, writing and questioning skills. Topics include functions and graphs, derivatives and their applications to real-life problems in various fields, and definite integrals.
Alternatives: Math185 (Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) is a somewhat more theoretical course that covers some of the same material. Math175 (Combinatorics and Calculus) includes some of the material of Math115 together with some combinatorial mathematics. A student whose preparation is insufficient for Math115 should take Math105 (Data, Functions and Graphs).
Subsequent Courses: Math116 (Calculus II) is the natural next course in this sequence. A student who has done well in Math 115 could enter the honors sequence at this point by taking Math186 (Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus II).

Other Web Sites of Interest

Jason Howald's Math 115 Site
Math Lab
Math Department
Other Mathematics Courses
Bob Megginson, University of Michigan, Department of Mathematics.
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Revised: September 12, 1999