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Alexandre Barchechat
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

Autumn 2013. Online book only. No physical copy required. (Calculus 1/e by William Briggs and Lyle Cochran). There will be homework twice a week, daily quizzes, and maybe group assignments. In this class, you will be expected to participate (participation does not necessarily mean getting the right answer!) by working in groups and doing short presentations. We will cover the concepts of limits and derivatives.

Student learning goals

Discuss and analyze visual representations (such as tables and graphs)of quantitative information.

Interpret, describe, compare, and produce functions and their derivatives.

Development of critical and creative thinking through solving real life problems.

General method of instruction

Hybrid class. Mostly group work and very very little lecturing.

Recommended preparation

Precalculus 123 with a 2.5 or higher.

Class assignments and grading

Tests, daily quizzes, and online homework.


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 Alexandre Barchechat
Date: 07/24/2013