SUNY at Stony Brook MAT 125: Calculus A
Spring 2006

General Information

Text: Single variable Calculus, by James Stewart, SBU edition, available in StonyBrook bookstore or at StonyBooks. You can also use Stewart's Calculus Concepts and Contexts, 3rd ed., which is virtually identical to the Stony Brook edition but more expensive. If you are buying a used book, be aware that the second edition used in previous semesters has subtle differences.

Course coordinator: Alexander Kirillov,, Office: Math 3-112; tel. 632--8289. Other instructors information and office hours are posted on the course web page.

Course outline. This is the first course in MAT 125-126-127 Calculus sequence covering the basics of one variable calculus. The subject of calculus A is differerential calculus. We will quickly review the precalculus material in Chapter 1. Then cover the material in Chapters 2, 3 and 4 in some depth. Chapter 2 covers limits and derivatives; Chapter 3 covers differentiation rules and Chapter 4 covers applications of differentiation.

Calculators. You may find calculators to be useful for homework, but they are not required. Calculators will not be permitted during exams.

Homework.The course involves learning some number of new and difficult concepts, and some number of new skills. Many problems in this course, like the problems in the real world, cannot be solved by just looking in the book for a worked out example that almost matches. You will have to understand what you are doing, which is not always easy. The only way to learn how to solve problems is by solving problems; this means doing the homework!

Homework problems will be assigned each week, and the lecturer or TA assigning the problems will also specify when and where the solutions must be handed in.

Exams. All the examinations are uniform across MAT 125; there will be one evening preliminary exam (so-called early exam), two uniform evening midterm exams, and a final exam. The early exam will cover precalculus material; students failing the early exam will be forced to drop down to a lower level class.

  • Early exam: Wed, 2/8, 8:30--10 pm
  • Midterm 1: Mon, 2/20, 8:30--10 pm
  • Midterm 2: Tu, 3/21, 8:30--10 pm
  • Final exam: M, 5/15, 11 am- 1:30 pm
Place and other information will be announced separately.

Makeup examinations. The university policy is that makeup examinations are given only for work missed due to unforseeable circumstances beyond the student's control. This does NOT include schedule conflicts. If you have a schedule conflict, please let your lecturer know as soon as possible. Makeup examinations must be arranged with the course coordinator (Kirillov).

Grades. Grades will be based on the following scheme: Homeworks -- 15%; Early exam -- 10%, Midterms 1 and 2 -- 20% each; Final exam -- 35%.

Math Learning Center. Students needing individual help beyond what is offered in lectures should go to the Math Learning Center in the basement of the Math buiding (room S-240A). This is also a good place for study groups to meet. All lecturers and TAs hold some of their office hours there.

Disabilities. If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Note that we cannot make special arrangements for students with disabilities except for those determined by DSS.