MAT 131: Calculus I, LO1

Stony Brook            Fall 2005



If you did not pick up the Final Exam Information handout, please download it now. It includes my end-of-term office hours. The locations for the final exam will be posted on the main website for MAT 131.

If the weighted average of your scores on the early exam and the two midterms is below 60, you are in considerable danger of failing this class. However, as the final exam and the problem sets are worth half of the total grade, there is probably still a good chance of your passing the course if you put in the necessary effort. Whatever your weighted average is, the final exam will have a huge impact on your grade, which could be positive or negative. The pace in the final third of the semester will be higher than in the second, as we cover the rest of Chapter 4 in addition to Chapter 5. So, please do not fall behind.

Since the early exam, Midterm I, and Midterm II constitute 5%, 20%, and 25%, respectively, of the total grade, the weighted average of your scores on these exams is
(.05*[EE score]+.2*[MTI score]+.25*[MTII score])/.5.
For example, if your scores are 60, 70, and 80, your weighted average is
and the trend is encouraging. On the other hand, if your scores are 80, 70, and 60, your weighted average is
and the trend is worrisome.


Course Instructor

Name: Aleksey Zinger     E-mail: azinger@math     Phone: 432-8618
Office: Math Tower 3-117     Office Hours: Mon. 230-4 and Wed 130-3


Mathematics Learning Center

MLC provides one-on-one tutoring in mathematics courses. It is staffed by mathematics students and faculty. All recitation instructors for this course will hold at least some of their office hours at MLC, but please feel free to stop by at any time it is open. For more information, visit MLC's website.


Daily Schedule for Lectures

Please read the sections assigned before the lecture.

Date Topic Reading Assignment
Aug 29Functions and Graphs1.1-1.3
Aug 31Exponential and Trigonometric Functions 1.5, Appendix C
Sep 2Inverse Functions and Logarithms1.6
Sep 5No Class
Sep 7Tangents and Velocity2.1
Sep 9Limits of Functions2.2
Sep 12Computing Limits2.3
Sep 14Continuous Functions2.4
Sep 16Limits Involving Infinity2.5
Sep 19Rates of Change2.6
Sep 21Derivatives2.7
Sep 23Derivatives as Functions2.8
Sep 26Functions and Their Derivatives2.9
Sep 28Derivatives of Polynomials and Exponentials3.1
Sep 30Product and Quotient Rules3.2
Oct 3,5No Class
Oct 7,10Review1.1-2.9
Oct 12Derivatives of Trig Functions3.4
Oct 14Chain Rule3.5
Oct 17Derivatives of Inverse Functions3.5,3.6
Oct 19Implicit Differentiation3.6,3.7
Oct 21Logarithmic Differentiation3.7
Oct 24Linear Approximations3.8
Oct 26Differentials3.8
Oct 28Related Rates of Change4.1
Oct 31Maximum and Minimum Values4.2
Nov 2Maximum and Minimum Values (cont'd)4.2
Nov 2,4,7Review1.1-4.1
Nov 9Using Derivatives to Sketch Graphs4.3
Nov 11Using Derivatives to Sketch Graphs4.3
Nov 14Optimization Problems4.6
Nov 16L'Hospital's Rule4.5
Nov 18Newton's Method4.8
Nov 21Anti-Derivatives4.9
Nov 23Areas and Distances5.1
Nov 25No Class
Nov 28Definition of Definite Integrals5.2
Nov 30Computing Definite Integrals5.3
Dec 2Fundamental Theorems of Calculus 5.4
Dec 5Substitution Rule5.5
Dec 7,9,12Review1.1-5.5

This page is maintained by Aleksey Zinger.
Last modified: December 7, 2005.