Calculus I (MAT 241-02)
spring 2014

Instructor Prof. Douglas Salane

  • office: 663.06
  • e-mail:dsalane@jjay.cuny.edu
  • web site: http://web.math.jjay.cuny.edu

Class Meetings

  • Section 02, Mon. and Wed., period 2, 9:25 - 10:40 am
  • Room NB 1.109

Office Hours Mon. and Wed. 2:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment

Required Text Calculus: Single Variable - Early Transcendentals (7th Edition) , James Stewart, Brooks Cole Publishing Co.
(See the Announcement Section for text options.)

Required Software In order to do the homework, you will need access to an on-line program called Web Assign (http://webassign.net). The course code needed to set up a Web Assign account will be distributed the first day of class. An electronic version of the text can be purchased when you set up your web assign account.


  • Information needed to use Web Assign will be provided the first day of class.
  • For the required text there are two options. The first option is that you can purchase a hardcopy of the text at the bookstore. The second option is to purchase an electronic copy of the text when you establish your web assign acount. I'll provide more information on these options the first day of class.

Course Prerequisties The course requires students to have had a precalculus course or the equivalent. Certainly students should have knowledge of basic function concepts, facility with algebra, and some background in trigonometry. Unfortunately, there is no time in the course to review these topics in detail. The official John Jay prerequiste courses are ENG 101 and MAT 141.

Course Description in College Bulletin The basic concepts of limit, continuity and derivative are presented. Differentiation and integration of basic functions are developed. Applications are made to related rates, problems of maxima and minima, and finding areas and volumes.

Learning Outcomes Students will gain a firm understanding of limit processes, continuity, and the derivative of a function. Students will learn how to compute derivatives of common functions. In addition, they will develop enhanced problem solving skills by using derivatives to solve optimization and related rate problems in chemistry, physics and the social sciences. Students will receive a brief introduction to integral calculus and by the end of the course should be prepared for Calculus II, which treats methods of integration.

Course Calendar Schedule of Topics

Supplemental Resources

  • The course makes extensive use of Maple, an interactive computer program for solving problems in mathematics. Students find Maple can help with the homework assignments. All CUNY students can download the Maple program for home computers at no charge from the CUNY-EMALL.

  • maple worksheets, problems

  • History of Calculus This web site at Dartmouth University offers a nice brief introduction to history of Calculus. It also provides links to other web sites that provide detailed histories of development of calculus and other areas of mathematics.
  • Related Rate Demos On-line solutions of related rate problems from the Khan Academy.
  • Solved Optimization Problems This problem set is provided by Dan Kouba of UC Davis.

Tutoring The Mathematics & Science Resource Center in the New Building, room 01.94 provides tutoring in calculus. To make an appointment please call Michele Doney at 646-557-4635 or send e-mail to msrc@jjay.cuny.edu.

Students with Disabilities Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable academic accommodations if determined eligible by the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student’s eligibility from the OAS which is located at L66 in the new building (212-237-8031). It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the office and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor. (Source,Reasonable Accomodations: Faculty Guide to Teaching Students with Disabilities, 4th ed., City University of New York, p.3)

Course Requirements/Policies Students are expected to attend all classes and take the exams at the scheduled times. Assigned readings and problems must be completed after each class. In addition, students will be expected to participate in class and offer solutions to problems.

Course Statement on Academic Honesty You only learn if your work is your own. Cheating on exams or copying assignments will not be tolerated. Please review the College's policies on Plagiarism and Cheating on the College web site and in the following section.

College-wide Policies

Plagiarism Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else‘s ideas, words, or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one‘s own creation. Using the ideas or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. It is the student‘s responsibility to recognize the difference between statements that are common knowledge (which do not requiredocumentation) and restatements of the ideas of others. Paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation are acceptable forms of restatement, as long as the source is cited. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The Library has free guides designed to help students with problems of documentation. (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Bulletin, see Chapter IV Academic Standards)

Incomplete Grades The grade of INC (Incomplete) is given by an instructor only when there is reasonable expectation that a student will successfully complete course requirements. If this grade is unresolved by the end of the following semester, it will automatically convert to the grade of F. Degree candidates should be aware that an INC grade received during their last semester in courses required for graduation will result in the postponement of graduation. More detailed information on college policies regards grades is available on the College web site. (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Bulletin, see Chapter IV Academic Standards)