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Nicole A Hoover
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

This course is the first part of a two-quarter sequence which includes differential and integral calculus. This course will focus on differential calculus. We will be exploring the development of modern calculus by investigating the questions, problems and ideas that motivated its discovery and practice, as well how it is currently being used. The prerequisite for this course is a 2.0 or above in BCUSP 123 (or an equivalent course). We will be drawing extensively on many of the quantitative reasoning skills developed in BCUSP 123 in our interpretations of problems and their solutions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be taught with a mixture of group activities and labs, as well as interactive lectures.

Recommended preparation

A passing grade in BCUSP 123 or a score of 75% or higher on the UWB math placement test.

Class assignments and grading

Course assignments will include written problem sets, in-class worksheets and labs. The assignments will call upon you to think critically, to develop facility with mathematical methods and techniques, and to write clearly and effectively. You can expect an average of 12-15 hours of out-of-class work each week.

Your grade will be based on your performance on problem sets, quizzes, labs, midterms and the final exam, and your participation in small group activities.


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 Nicole A Hoover
Date: 03/11/2008