Calculus 1 - Fall 2020 - MTWHF 8-8:50am - Room 228 (zoom)

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Fall 2020 Class Schedule:
  8-8:50am   MTWHF  Calculus 1           Room 228 (zoom)
  12-12:50pm MWF    College Algebra      Room 230 (zoom)
  12-12:50pm TH     Trigonometry         Room 228 (zoom)

Office Hours in Room W217: (zoom)
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  11-noon  11-noon  11-noon    11-noon   11-noon

Course Syllabus:

Class materials will be online on D2L under Content. For easier recollection, you can find this course from this URL:

Zoom Class Meetings, Email, Videos

We are starting the semester with zoom classes and may continue using zoom through the semester. Install a zoom client on your computer with a microphone, speaker, and camera. There are zoom apps for iphone and android phones. Test zoom out between devices.

For zoom class sessions, login to D2L and note the zoom ID and password for zoom class meetings. These probably will not change for the course; I would let you know by email if there are changes.

Check your email daily! This is how I'll communicate with the entire class.

Some videos will be put online. You can check this one out to see how they play on your devices:


Make sure that you can view this. If you want to see closed captions (CC), they are in this video. Make sure that your video player can show CC if you want them.


Get to know your star ID and password for D2L and email, and check you email daily! Everything will be online from D2L when you login to the course.


Calculus, by Thomas & Finney; pub Addison Wesley
9th: ISBN: 0201531747 , or
Alternate: ISBN 0-321-19363-6
(These two editions are page-for-page identical.)

This textbook is in the FDLTCC bookstore at a modest price.  You can also
usually find used copies online at very reasonable prices.


You may have a calculator already, but make sure that it is a scientific calculator. If you need to buy one, I recommend a cheap calculator like a TI-30XS Multiview. This does what you need, and the bookstore sells them for under $20 . If you have a problem getting one, let me know. You need to have it available for all assignments. You do not need a more expensive graphing calculator, but, if you have one, it will be fine.

SageMath: SageMathCell

This is software like Mathematica and Maple which can do symbolic algebra, graphing, and many other mathematical things, but SageMath is free. A jupyter notebook with SageMath should be available later in this course; in the meanwhile, SageMathCell from the link above works well.

Exams and Grading

4 tests     4x100 = 400
1 final             200
50 homework 2x50 =  100
                    700 total

90-100%   A
80-90%    B
70-80%    C
60-70%    D
0-60%     F

The Course

This course addresses FDLTCC liberal education requirements (Competencies Across the Curriculum) in problem solving and technology. You should come to class everyday! This is the easy way to do well in any course, and it is especially true for math classes. There are exercises in the text for you to do, and these are usually answered at the end of each chapter. You will also get homework assignments on handouts, and you should complete then hand these in at the beginning of the next class. You homework grade is based on completing and turning in these homework handouts. You will also get sample exams which will be similar in length and content to the in-class exams. Let me know if there is are accommodations you need for the class.

Tentative Schedule

Mon aug24  1 p1 reals              h1 (D2L)
Tue aug25  2 p2 plane, increments  h2 (D2L)
Wed aug26  3 p3 functions          h3 (D2L)
Thu aug27  4 p4 graphing           h4 (D2L)
Fri aug28  5 p5 trig defs          h5 (D2L)

Mon aug31  6 p5 trig graphs        h6 (D2L)
Tue sep01  7 p5 trig identities    h7 (D2L)
Wed sep02  8 1.1 rates of change   h8 (D2L)
Thu sep03  9 1.2 limits            h9 (D2L)
Fri sep04 10 1.3 formal limits     h10 (D2L)

Mon sep07  H Labor dat
Tue sep08 11 1.4 extension of limits h11 (D2L)
Wed sep09 12 1.5 continuity          h12
Thu sep10 13 1.6 tangent lines       h13
Fri sep11 14 T1: sample test 1 (D2L)

Mon sep14 15 2.1 the derivative      h14
Tue sep15 16 2.2 differentiation     h15
Wed sep16 17 2.2 review, 2.3 rates of change (some applications)
Thu sep17 18 2.4 trig derivatives    h16
Fri sep18 19 2.5 chain rule          h17

Mon sep21 20 2.5 chain rule          h17
Tue sep22 21 2.6 implicit diff       h18
Wed sep23 22 2.6 implicit diff
Thu sep24 23 2.7 related rates       h18b
Fri sep25 24 T2  review              T2

Mon sep28 25 3.1 extreme values       h19
Tue sep29 26 3.2 mean value theorem   h20
Wed sep30 27 3.3 1st derivative test  h21
Thu oct01 28 3.4 graph with y' and y" h22
Fri oct02 29 3.6 optimization         h23

Mon oct05 30 3.6 optimization         
Tue oct06 31 3.6 optimization   
Wed oct07 32 3.7 differentials and linearization  h24
Thu oct08 33 3.8 Newton's method                  h25
Fri oct09 34 3.8 lab on Newton's method           h25b

Mon oct12 35 3.5 infinite limits  
Tue oct13 36 T3                       sample test 3 (D2L)
Wed oct14 37 4.1 indefinite integral           h26
Thu oct15 NC No Classes
Fri oct16 NC No Classes

Mon oct19 38 4.2 differential notation         h27
Tue oct20 39 4.3 substitution
Wed oct21 40 4.3 substitution                 
Thu oct22 41 4.4 estimation with Riemann sums 
Fri oct23 42 4.5 Riemann sums                 

Mon oct26 43 4.6 mean value theorem              
Tue oct27 44 4.7 fundamental theorem of calculus 
Wed oct28 45 4.8 sub in def integrals            
Thu oct29 46 4.9 numerical integration lab       
Fri oct30 47 5.1 area between curves             

Mon nov02 48 5.2 volumes by slicing            
Tue nov03 49 5.3 solids of revolution           
Wed nov04 50 5.4 cylindrical shells             
Thu nov05 51 5.5 length of plane curves         
Fri nov06 52 5.7 moments and centers of mass     

Mon nov09 53 5.7
Tue nov10 54 5.8 Work
Wed nov11  H Holiday             
Thu nov12 55 5.8
Fri nov13 56 5.9 fluid forces       

Mon nov16 57 5.9
Tue nov17 58 T4                 
Wed nov18 59 6.1; 6.2 natural log
Thu nov19 60 6.1; 6.2 natural log
Fri nov20 61 6.3 exponential function  

Mon nov23 62 6.4 6.4 a^x and log_a(x) 
Tue nov24 63 6.5 growth and decay     
Wed nov25 DD No Classes
Thu nov26  H Holiday
Fri nov27  H Holiday 

Mon nov30 64 6.6  L-Hopital's rule 
Tue dec01 65 6.7  Relative Rates of Growth                         
Wed dec02 66 6.8  inverse trig functions; 6.9 derivatives
Thu dec03 67 6.10 hyperbolic trig functions               
Fri dec04 68 6.11 separable differential equations       

Mon dec07 69 6.11 applications                           
Tue dec08 70 6.11 1st order differential equations       
Wed dec09 71 6.12 applications
Thu dec10 72 6.12 Euler's shooting methods                
Fri dec11 73 6.12 Euler's method (+ improvements) ; final exam review

Mon dec14 74 Final exam review                    
Tue dec15 T1 
Wed dec16 T2 8-9:50am Room 228
Thu dec17 T3
Fri dec18 T4

Fall Semester 2020 Last Day to Withdraw: November 25th, 2020

Plagiarism, or presenting the writing of another as your own (a.k.a. “copying”), results in an F for this course and is subject to any other disciplinary actions mandated by this institution and the Minnesota State system.

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