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Ariana F Dundon
B CUSP 124
Bothell Campus

Calculus I: Origins and Early Developments

Develops modern calculus by investigating the questions, problems, and ideas that motivated its discovery and practice. Studies the real number system and functions defined on it, focusing on limits, area and tangent calculations, properties and applications of the derivative, and the notion of continuity. Emphasizes problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 123, sufficient score on approved mathematics assessment test, or a minimum score of 2 on either the AB or BC AP Calculus test. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Spring 2014 - This course is the first quarter in the calculus sequence and will focus on differential calculus. We will begin with limits, then move on to the definition and properties of the derivative. Several rules for calculating derivatives will be introduced. We will also use the tools of calculus to explore real world examples and applications. Emphasizes problem-solving and mathematical thinking.

Student learning goals

Analyze graphs and other representations of quantitative data.

Evaluate and describe limits, both formally and intuitively.

Define, evaluate, graph, and interpret derivatives of a function.

Set up and solve optimization problems.

Use technology to interpret and solve mathematical problems.

Apply mathematical ideas to new problems.

General method of instruction

A typically class will consist of interactive lectures and small group work, usually involving worksheets. Regular attendance and participation is highly recommended and will be included in calculation of the final grade.

Recommended preparation

Minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 123 or equivalent or sufficient score on UWB Math Assessment.

Class assignments and grading

Homework will be assigned regularly (usually weekly) and will be completed using the Wiley Plus online system. You will need to purchase a registration code for this. Since that registration code includes a complete electronic version of the textbook, there is no need to buy hard copy of the text unless you prefer to do so. Registration key will be available the first day of class.

Grades will be assigned based on homework, class attendance and participation, and performance on exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ariana F Dundon
Date: 01/29/2014