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Welcome to MA123 (A2), Summer 1, 2017!

Important information

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 18:00-20:30 (May 23 - June 29) (except holidays, see full plan below)

Location: SCI 115

Lecturer: Alex J. Best

Email address: alexbest@bu.edu

Office hours: 5-6pm Mondays and 2-3pm Wednesdays in MCS B46B

Textbook: Calculus Early Transcendentals (Single Variable). Briggs, Cochran, Gillett, Second edition.

Course webpage: https://alexjbest.github.io/teaching/ma123s117/

Blackboard: https://learn.bu.edu/

Course topics

We will cover limits, continuity, derivatives (product, chain and quotient rules, implicit differentiation, L’Hôpitals rule), optimisation (maxima, minima, concavity), integration (the fundamental theorem of calculus, substitution).


You will be graded on in class quizzes, homework, midterms and the final.

There will be:

Late homework will not be accepted.

Lecture plan and useful dates

(Exact topics to be added as we come to them.)

Date Info In class (+topics covered)
Tue 5/23 First class Introduction (sections 2.1, 2.2, started 2.3)
Thu 5/25 Class Mini-quiz 1, Hwk 1 out (sections 2.3, 2.4)
Mon 5/29 NO CLASS (Memorial day), moved to Fri 6/2 N/A
Tue 5/30 Class. Last day to add/drop/audit classes Mini-quiz 2 (sections 2.5, 2.6)
Thu 6/01 Class Mini-quiz 3
Fri 6/02 Class (Replacement for Mon 5/29) Mini-quiz 4, Hwk 2 out, Hwk 1 due
Mon 6/05 Class Midterm 1
Tue 6/06 Class Mini-quiz 5
Thu 6/08 Class Hwk 3 out, Hwk 2 due
Mon 6/12 Class Mini-quiz 6
Tue 6/13 Class Mini-quiz 7
Thu 6/15 Class. Last day to drop with a “W” grade Midterm 2, Hwk 4 out, Hwk 3 due
Mon 6/19 Class Mini-quiz 8
Tue 6/20 Class Mini-quiz 9
Thu 6/22 Class Hwk 5 out, Hwk 4 due
Mon 6/26 Class Mini-quiz 10
Tue 6/27 Class Wrap-up/review
Thu 6/29 Last class Final exam, Hwk 5 due

Academic conduct

Boston University’s policies on cheating and plagiarism are outlined and detailed in the CAS Academic Conduct Code. That code of conduct will be followed in this class.