MAT 122: Overview of Calculus

Summer Session 2, 2014


The course syllabus, with schedule, is also available as a PDF here. Note that the schedule in this document will not be updated as the course progresses. The most up-to-date schedule is availble on the Schedule and Homework page.

General Information

Course: MAT 122, Overview of Calculus with Applications
Instructor: Joseph Thurman
Time and Location: MW 1:30–4:55 pm, Physics P-112
Instructor email: jthurman AT
Instructor's Office: 2-107 in the Math building
Textbook: Applied Calculus, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, et al., 4th Edition

Email and this course website will be the main avenue for communication outside of class. Please check this website frequently so that you are always aware of upcoming assignments and exams. Urgent announcements (e.g., class cancellations) will be emailed to enrolled students using Blackboard. Make sure to check the email address listed in your contact information on Blackboard (most likely "").

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic ideas and techniques of differential and integral calculus. The focus is on computation and problem solving, while avoiding technical details. This course is appropriate for students who intend to take only a single semester of calculus.

From the course catalog:

The basics of calculus in a self-contained, one-semester course. Properties and applications of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Derivatives: slopes, rates of change, optimization, integrals, area, cumulative change, and average. The fundamental theorem of calculus. Emphasis on modeling examples from economics.

Office Hours

The instructor will hold office hours on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm and on Thursdays from 1-2 pm. All scheduled office hours will take place in the Math Learning Center (MLC), in the basement of the Mathematics building. If you are unable to attend normal office hours, please email me to schedule a meeting.

In addition to the instructor's office hours, the MLC is also open during the summer sessions. The MLC is a drop-in help center available to all students, staffed by graduate students in the Mathematics department. During the second summer session, the MLC will be open from 11 am - 6 pm on Mondays - Thursdays.

Grading Policy

Grades will be assigned based on student performance on quizzes, homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Quizzes: Starting with the second class meeting, each class will begin with a short (10-15 minute) quiz covering the material from the previous lecture. There will be no quizzes on exam days. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. Quiz performance will count for 10% of the overall grade.

Homework: Homework will be assigned at the end of each class meeting, to be turned in at the start of the next class. Most homework will consist of problem sets of exercises selected from the textbook. Homework assignments will be posted to the Schedules and Homework page. Late homework will not be accepted. Homework performance will count for 20% of the overall grade.

In addition to the required problems, recommended homework problems will also be assigned to give students more opportunity for practice. These problems will not be graded and do not count for any credit.

Midterm Exam: There will be an in-class midterm during the first half of class on Wednesday, July 23. Information about the format and content of the exam will be posted to the Quizzes and Exams section of the website in the week before the exam. The midterm will account for 30% of the overall grade.

Final Exam: There will be an in-class final exam during the final class period on Wednesday, August 13. The exam will be cumulative. Information about the format and content of the exam will be posted to the Quizzes and Exams section of the website in the week before the exam. The final exam will account for 40% of the overall grade.

Calculator Use

A scientific calculator with basic arithmetic and trigonometric functions may be necessary in this course to complete some homework assignments. A graphing calculator will never be necessary. No calculators of any kind will be allowed during in-class quizzes or exams.

Academic Integrity

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

For this course, students may collaborate on homework assignments. However, all written work must be the student's own. Students who collaborate on homework must write their homework separately, and in their own words. Collaboation is not allowed on in-class quizzes or exams.

Disability Support Services

If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services at (631) 632-6748 or They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to