Math 171 Spring 2018

Information below is subject to change.

David Hampson MWF 2:10 HLD G3


Office: Neill 128

Office Hours: TBA

Eric Remaley MWF 10:10 TODD 130


Office: Neill 315 (509) 335-2134

Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 9:30 - 11:30 am, and by appointment

This class is worth 4 credits.

Prerequisites: Math 106 with a C or better and Math 108 with a C or better, or Math 107 with a C or better, or ALEKS math placement score of 83%.

Text: Calculus: Early Transcendentals 2nd Edition, by Briggs, Cochran, and Gillett. You also need to purchase access to the MyMathLab homework system (discussed below). At our campus bookstores, there should be an option to purchase access to MyMathLab bundled with either the hard-copy text or the electronic text. You can also buy access to the electronic text and MyMathLab via the course blackboard site. Either option will suffice for this course.

Course topics: will include (from chapters 2-5) limits and derivatives, continuity, differentiation rules, applications of derivatives, and an introduction to definite and indefinite integrals, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the course will:


MyMathLab (22 @ 5 pts each)

110 pts

Written Assignments (10 @ 10 pts each)

100 pts

Tutorial Quizzes (6 @ 10 points each)

60 pts

Lab Activities (5 @ 10 points each)

50 pts

Attendance (Learning Catalytics)

30 pts

3 midterm exams

300 pts

Final Exam

150 pts


800 pts

MyMathLab is an on-line homework system that is designed for our text book. You must purchase access to MyMathLab in order to use it. MyMathLab will give you instant feedback and unbiased grading on your homework. Instructions for using mymathlab will be posted on blackboard.

Written assignments are used to develop your communication skills in mathematics. We suggest that you work out problems on scratch paper before committing them. This will give you the freedom to explore different processes before committing them. If the TA cannot read your homework problem, it will score a zero.

Written assignments and their due dates will be posted in Blackboard as we go. Written homework will be collected, graded and returned by your lab TA. Any paper which appears to be copied from another student or other outside source may be given reduced credit (possibly zero). As a rule, late written homework is not accepted. Exceptions will only be considered in rare cases where circumstances were unexpected and beyond the student's control, and the student informed the instructor promptly. Even when exceptions are made, penalties may be enforced. This late policy also applies to quizzes and labs.

Quizzes: Your TA will give you several quizzes in tutorial. These may or may not be announced.

Tutorial labs and activities: You will be doing group projects (a.k.a. labs) in tutorial, on dates to specified later. These labs will be written up and turned in by the end of the tutorial session. At other times in tutorial, TA's will have you do other activities, like working on some problems in groups and/or presenting problem solutions. TAs might also discuss concepts which were NOT covered in lecture.

Note that there will be more work than listed above. We will drop the lowest scores to match the above.

Learning Catalytics is an in-lecture polling system accessible through MyMathLab or through Any smart device that can access the web via WiFi, et al, such as a laptop or a smartphone is sufficient in order to use LearningCatalytics. If you have no such device you may participate by submitting a hand-written list of your answers immediately after the lecture during which the session occurs.

Exams: There will be three evening midterm exams. Times are given below, please try to show up 15 minutes early. There will be no calculators or electronic equipment allowed. Bring pencils and an eraser. Your T.A. will give you the location of the exams, and it will also be posted on Blackboard.

Exam 1 Tuesday Jan 30 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Exam 2 Tuesday Feb 27 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Exam 3 Tuesday Apr 3 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Final exam Thursday May 3 7:00 – 10:00 pm

NO EARLY final exams will be given for any reason. This is WSU policy— make your travel plans accordingly.

Final Grades:

93% – 100% A

90% – 92.9% A-

87% – 89.9% B+

83% – 86.9% B

80% – 82.9% B-

77% – 79.9% C+

73% – 76.9% C

70% – 72.9% C-

67% – 69.9% D+

60% – 66.9% D

0% – 59.9% F

Other Information

Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive a zero grade on the assignment or exam in question, will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding. If you wish to appeal a faculty member's decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at

Student with disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (contact info below) to schedule an appointment with an Access Adviser. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information, contact a Disability Specialist:

WSU Pullman Access Center, Washington Building 217, 509-335-3417;

Classroom Safety Information: Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the ``Alert, Assess, Act'' protocol for all types of emergencies and the "Run, Hide, Fight" response for an active shooter incident (url below). Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able). Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s "Run, Hide, Fight" video and visit the WSU safety portal.

GETTING HELP: Why struggle? Successful students make use of available resources, so don't struggle when help is just a few steps away! We want you to succeed, we're here for you, and we have FREE tutoring available in the Math Learning Center (Cleveland 130) and the computing lab in Thompson Hall (Room 1). Check it out! Tutoring begins early in the semester with the following hours:

Cleveland 130 is open 4-9pm Sunday, 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday

Thompson 1 is open 12pm- 9pm Monday-Thursday

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