Math 1271: Calculus I

Course Description

Instructor: Ke Zhu ( ) Vincent Hall 221

Textbook: James Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, (6th Edition, volume 1),Thomson Brooks/Cole

Lectures: MWF 1:25–2:15 in FraserH 101.

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00, WF 2:20-3:20.

Discussion sections (Tu,Th) and TA offices:


1:25-2:15 in VinH 6
Feng, Hao

VinH 424


1:25-2:15 in VinH 211
Garver, Alexander

VinH 550


1:25-2:15 in STSS 123

O'Brien, Larry John

VinH 262


2:30-3:20 in VinH 6

Feng, Hao

VinH 424


2:30-3:20 in VinH 211
Garver, Alexander

VinH 550

Course syllabus: The html version is the website itself. You can also download the pdf file version.

Material: We will cover most sections in chapter 2-6.

Homework: Homework will be assigned online on the course webpage after each lecture, and is due next
week Tuesday, January 25 -May 3 for class discussion. Homework do not need to be turned in, but it
is important to do all homework problems to master the material. You may work together on homework
problems, but you must write up the solutions by you own. There will be quizzes similar to homework
problems in discussion sections.
Check the suggested homework here.

Quizzes: 15 points each, best 9 in 10 quizzes. Problems will be similar to assigned homework problems.
Thursdays: January 27; February 3, 10, 17; March 3, 10, 24; April 7, 14, 28. No makeup quizzes.

Midterms: 100 points each. Close book, no calculator. If you have to miss a Midterm,

you must let your TA know in advance for alternative arrangement.

I. Thursday, February 24: Through Chapters 3.5. 

  1. Tuesday, March 29: Through Chapter 4.4.

  2. Thursday, April 21: Through Chapter 5.

Final Exam: 250 points. Monday, May 9, 1:30–4:30 PM, Chapters 1–6.  Room assignment:

Section Room
Lead Proctor
Dis41, 44
Physics 131
Maury Bramson
Hao Feng, Hsin-Yuan Huang
Dis42, 45 Physics 133
Maury Bramson Alexander Garver, Ning Wei
Physics 210
Maury Bramson Larry O'Brien

You need to bring I.D. card and #2 pencil to the exam.

Review Session: The SMART Learning Commons is holding a review session for 
students in Math 1271 to help them prepare for the final exam. It will be
conducted by two of the PAL facilitators who have been attending lecture
once a week throughout the semester. The session will be held on Thursday,
May 5 from 6:15-7:45 in STSS 412. The room has 126 seats so students should
plan to arrive early.
The topics covered will be chain rule, log
differentiation, u substitution, related rates, and optimization.

Grading: The final grade is based on quizzes and discussion sections (1/6), midterm1 (1/6),

midterm2 (1/6), midterm3 (1/6) and final ( 1/3 ).

Gradelines: We do not have fixed gradelines for this class. Typically the distribution of the final grades is

approximately 15% A, 25% B, 35% C, and 25% D and F.

All exams (quizzes, midterms and final) are closed book, no calculator, no notes exams. Miss-
ing an exam is strongly discouraged. Any exam missed without prior consent from the lecturer
or recitation instructor will be graded as a zero.

Liberal Education: This course fulfills the Mathematical Thinking component of the Liberal Education

requirements at the University of Minnesota. An important part of any liberal education is learning to use

abstract thinking and symbolic language to solve practical problems. Calculus is one of the pillars of modern

mathematical thought, and has diverse applications essential to our complex world. In this course, students

will be exposed to theoretical concepts at the heart of calculus and to numerous examples of real-world


Disability Services: If you receive test accommodations through Disability Services, I will need a copy

of your accommodation letter as soon as possible. Your exams (and quizzes) need to be scheduled by you

with the DS Testing Center via the online scheduling site at least 7 days in advanced before you need to

take the exam.

Official University Statement on Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty in any portion of

the academic work for a course shall be grounds for awarding a grade of F or N for the entire course.

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