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Narayani Choudhury
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 quarter in the calculus sequence and we 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 use the tools of calculus to explore real world examples and applications.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be taught with a mixture of interactive lectures and group activities.

Recommended preparation

BCUSP 123 (Pre-Calculus) or equivalent.

Class assignments and grading

Online Textbook : Calculus – Single Variable, Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, McCallum, 5th Edition. Homework will be assigned regularly 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 that and do not wish to print pages from the electronic version yourself.

Grades will be based on the student’s performance on assignments, quiz, in-class worksheets, and 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 Narayani Choudhury
Date: 11/13/2012