Math 111 H Syllabus

Course Description

Math 111. Honors Calculus I. Four credits. Calculus of functions of one variable. Topics include: functions, limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, and definite integrals. Prerequisites: Student must have completed Mth 100 or meet Department of Mathematics and Computer Science placement criteria.

Course Objectives

Students successfully completing this course should:


Calculus, Single Variable by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, McCallum, et al, 4th Edition
ISBN 0-471-48482-2.

You will be issued a textbook on the first day of class, so you do not have to buy one.


Four Exams15% Each
Final Exam30%

Grading Scale

[90, ∞)4.0
[85, 90)3.5
[80, 85)3.0
[75, 80)2.5
[70, 75)2.0
[65, 70)1.5
[60, 65)1.0
[0, 60)0.0


There will be some projects using a computer algebra system called Mathematica. It is installed on most publicly available computers on campus. To obtain a copy for your computer, visit How To Obtain Mathematica.


The exams are on the course calendar. If you miss an exam, your grade is 0. There will be no makeups. Your low exam grade will be replaced by your final exam grade if your final exam grade is higher.

An important scheduling note: although the class normally begins at 8:00, exams will begin at 7:30, so that you have an extra thirty minutes. Exams will probably be on the dates indicated on the course schedule, but weather has been known to change things.

You should not make any plans for leaving the campus at the end of the semester until the final exam schedule is published.


Homework will be assigned (approximately) daily. It will be turned in using an online system called Webwork.


Attendance is required. More than four unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course, regardless of your average.

Class begins at 8:00 AM. Not 8:10. Not 8:05. If you are driving to campus, make sure that you leave home early enough to account for traffic. If you are in the dorm, get up in time to get breakfast and get to class on time.

Do not get out your cell phone in class. It is extremely rude, and I will ask you to leave.


Calculators will not be allowed for exams. You should do homework without a calculator, unless a problem specifies otherwise.

How to Succeed in Calculus

The single most important key to success in calculus is very simple: do the homework. Do all of the homework. If you are getting the answers wrong, come to see me for help! (Email works also, but is probably less effective.) I really mean it! Do the homework!

Repetition is just as important to learning calculus as it is to learning to play a musical instrument, to dance, or to play soccer or volleyball. Do the homework!