Internet Based

Section 1001 -- Outside of WebCampus

Term: Fall, 2013
Revision: 23 My 2013
Credits: 4
Class Time: Two or three lectures weekly.
You should set aside several definite times each week to work homework.
Instructor:Frank Daniels
Instructor e-mail address:
You need to know this!
Frank Daniels
Great Basin College
Ely Campus
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3589 (office)
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)

Textbook: Calculus, Seventh Edition, by James Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-538-49781-7

This is the same textbook that you used for MATH 181 and will be used for MATH 283.

This book may be ordered through your outlet of choice. Click here to compare prices.

Optional Supplement:Student Solutions Manual,
by Daniel Anderson, Jeffery A. Cole, and Daniel Drucker
ISBN: 978-0-840-04949-0
This solutions manual may be ordered through your outlet of choice. Click here to compare prices.

Class Conditions:

  1. You must be using a Windows-based or Windows-compatible system.
  2. You must have Microsoft Word 97 or higher on your system and know how to use it -- or be able to open and save files in .doc format.
  3. You must have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, with the Equation Editor installed and working. Sometimes, the Equation Editor has not been installed. You can check this in Word 2007 by clicking the "Insert" menu at the top. The "Equation" item may be found near the right side of the ribbon. In earlier versions of MS Word, select the "Insert" menu from the list of menus at the top. From this menu, choose "Object." This should give you a list of all kinds of objects to insert. "Microsoft Equation" should be somewhere on the list. If it is not, you'll need to put your installation disc into your computer and make sure all of the Office tools are installed. The first lesson will familiarize you with the features of the Editor that we will use. Microsoft WORKS is not acceptable.
  4. You should have your own access to the Internet.
  5. You must have a Web browser that is running JavaScript. The class assumes you are using Firefox version 10 or higher, or Internet Explorer version 8 or higher. Other browsers (such as Chrome) are probably acceptable.
  6. You need to have an e-mail account somewhere to send and receive feedback. The class assumes that you know how to properly use e-mail and your web browser.
  7. You do not need to have a WebCampus account for this course.

Class Description:

Prerequisite: MATH 181 or equivalent, recently.
A continuation of MATH 181. The course covers transcendental functions, methods of integration, conic sections and polar coordinates, sequences and series, and power series.
These topics correspond to chapters 6 - 8, 10, and 11 of our textbook.

This course is NOT "self-paced". It is considerably difficult, but if you succeed in keeping up and ask questions about material that you do not understand, you will succeed. Remember that you have a "live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence course.

Course Objectives:

The successful student will master all major concepts in differential and integral calculus, including some theory.

Instructional Methods:

Each week, there will be assigned readings from the book, which will be contained on each course lecture. I will provide lectures on the central points in each section that we cover. Portions of these lectures will be written with Microsoft Word, using the Equation Editor.

Feel free to ask questions on the phone, via e-mail, by fax, or by attaching MS Word files to e-mail. I plan to answer all questions within 24 hours.

Learning Outcomes:

The successful student will be able to:
  • find the derivative of an inverse function1
  • apply calculus to exponential functions and logarithms1
  • apply calculus to inverse trigonometric functions1
  • find limits using L'Hôpital's Rule2
  • distinguish between and apply the techniques of integration, including linear approximation3
  • perform integration with infinite limits and/or where the function is infinite at a limit of integration3
  • find the length of an arc, using one variable and parametrically4
  • find the area of a surface of revolution, using one variable and parametrically4
  • convert between rectangular and polar coordinates4
  • apply calculus in polar coordinates4
  • determine whether sequences and series converge, using appropriate tests4
  • apply calculus to power series representations of functions4


In order to provide accurate assessment of the learning outcomes, students will be tested regularly on the items documented above, as they are covered in the course. This testing includes homework, tests, and a final exam. Collectively, these instruments will measure the apprehension of all of the concepts listed above. In the list of outcomes, above, the superscripts indicate the exam that measures the outcome. In addition to that exam, the homework assignments are also used to measure apprehension of the material, and the final exam measures knowledge in all of the above areas.

Contact Note:

Never -- under any circumstances -- try to use WebCampus e-mail to contact the instructor. I have deactivated WebCampus mail for myself and have removed it from the course. If you try to contact me that way, I will not receive your e-mail. Please use only "regular" e-mail, and write to me to the address indicated above.

Calendar Note:

This class ignores holidays. Every semester, lessons will appear every Monday and Wednesday, regardless of whether or not there is a holiday break in live and IAV classes. When this course is offered in the spring, it continues straight through the break. Two lessons will appear during that week just as in any other week. Your Internet access should not be from a provider that will restrict your access during that week or at any other time; you are responsible for maintaining your Internet access during all days of the semester. Lessons are normally posted on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Instructional Methods:

Each week, there will be assigned readings from the book, which will be contained on each course lecture. I will provide lectures on the central points in each section that we cover. Portions of these lessons will be written with Microsoft Word, using the Equation Editor.

I strongly encourage you to ask questions relentlessly through e-mail. You may attach MS Word files to e-mail (preferred), ask via e-mail without attachments, or ask questions by fax or on the phone (discouraged, since you will be unable to see what I might write to you). I plan to answer all questions within 24 hours.

Students who ask questions regularly on the lessons (and on the "regular" homework) are far more likely to pass the course. Therefore, I encourage every one of you to ask frequently.

Homework Policy:

If you don't do homework, it is unlikely that you will pass the course. However, homework will not normally be collected for a grade. The student is expected to do half of the problems from each section that we cover. Test problems will be similar but not identical to those in the book. Occasionally (see below), I will ask that you turn in your homework to be graded. When I do this, you should submit your homework as MS Word files, attached to an e-mail message.

Withdrawal Policy:

If you determine that you wish to drop the course prior to its conclusion, it is necessary for you to officially drop by the end of Week Nine, either online through the college's website, or by visiting one of our college campuses and submitting a drop form. Any student who does not officially drop will receive a grade at the conclusion of the course. These grades will be based on the number of points that you have accumulated (see below).

If you do not officially drop the course as described above, by taking this class you agree that your "last date of attendance" for official purposes will be the last day of active participation in this course. Since this may affect your financial aid, it behooves you to drop officially or to complete the entire course.

Policy on Grade Reporting:

After each HW assignment and each test has been graded (usually three or four days following their due date), I will post a message indicating this, and you will e-mail me after that time for your test grade.

The official policy for grade reporting is "Don't Ask / Don't Tell." If you ask for a grade within a timely fashion, not only will I tell you how many points you scored, but also I will let you know what you missed. Regarding homework, I will tell you what you should have done; I will post a solution key for the tests afterward. Feel free to ask questions afterward regarding problems in the homework or on tests that you did not understand.

The course requires that you ask for grades. One purpose for doing so is to make sure that you and I remain in contact with one another regularly throughout the course. If you do not ask for a grade, I will not tell you what it is. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to ask.

Measurements and Grading:

In order to provide accurate assessment of the learning outcomes, students will be tested regularly on the items documented above, as they are covered in the course. This testing includes howework, tests, and a final exam.
The class is graded on four tests and five assignments, plus one cumulative final, as follows:
4 tests, each worth 35 points. You will find their dates on the course Calendar; they must be completed without assistance in two or three days' time. They will generally occur as we finish chapters and will be announced during the lessons that immediately precede them. Most test problems will be difficult enough that you cannot simply copy something from the book, although you should remember that the methods are generally the same. Consequently, each test will be no longer than 10 questions. You will mail your completed tests back to me as attached (.doc, or .docx, or .rtf, or .pdf) files, or you may fax them. Many of our campuses have scanners that will allow you to convert paper tests to PDF format.

5 homework assignments, each worth 20 points. These will be assigned at various times during the semester and will include a subset of your normal homework assignment. As with the other material, you will write the homework in MS Word and attach the file to an e-mail message. Homework must be completed on time.

1 Final Exam, worth 60 points. The test will be cumulative, covering all of the course material. It will be mailed out to you as an attached MS Word file, and you will complete it within 2 days. It will contain no more than 26 questions. Special: If you have 216 points or better prior to the final, you do not have to take the final exam, but you must still hand in the final homework.

Therefore, the total number of points available for the semester is 300 points. The number of points required to obtain each grade is as follows:

A: 270 B+: 255
B: 240 C+: 225
C: 210 D+: 195
D: 180 F: 0

Obtaining Your Grades

Beginning four calendar days after homework or a test is due, you may inquire of the professor by e-mail as to your grade on that test or assignment. The professor will then inform you of your score. If the subsequent HW/testing opportunity has not yet arrived, the professor will also explain in writing anything that you may have missed.

The above is true for all assignments.

If you do not ask for your grades in a timely fashion -- keeping in touch with the professor by e-mail -- then you will not receive them. It is your responsibility to ask for grade information.

Calculating Your Score Mid-Semester:

At any point during the semester you may determine how you are doing in the class. Add your points so far all of the points for the tests and quizzes that have occurred so far. Divide this sum by the number of available points so far. This will give your grade in decimal form. Multiplying that result by 100 will give you a percentage. For example, if there were 110 available points at some point during the semester, and you have accumulated 77 of them, then your percentage to date is: 7700/110 = 70. Your grade to date would be a C, based on the scale given above.

Academic Integrity:

The Nevada System of Higher Education Code (§6.2.2q) expressly forbids all forms of academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating, copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned zero points for the current assignment. If the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to involve other students and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then all students involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought to the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I normally recommend that students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year disciplinary probation.

Starting from scratch:

This class is accessed from the Internet. Therefore, we have to stay in touch with one another. I need to have you send me an e-mail message telling me you are ready to begin, and you need to do this by the Friday that ends Week 1. If you need to find some help to get started, you can always e-mail or phone me at the college building.

Getting started:

  1. Purchase the book ahead of time.
  2. Have your Internet access installed, and know how to use it.
  3. Examine the Course Calendar.
    The Calendar indicates the file name of each lesson.
    Every lesson is located in the folder:
    Enter this each time, followed by the file name. For example, the first lesson is You will obtain the course calendar by clicking here.
  4. Familiarize yourself with MS Word and the Equation Editor.
  5. Retrieve your first lesson, which will be posted as a web page (the URL's are available from the instructor). If you cannot access the page by August 31, write to me immediately via e-mail.
  6. Read the lecture material for lesson 1, and notice that Lesson 2 will arrive on Wednesday.
    NOTE: If you are taking this course through independent study, retrieve the first lesson here.
  7. PLEASE ask questions about any material that you find difficult to understand!
You must not take this course if you have not had MATH 181 or the equivalent recently

Good luck!

All lessons are © 2000, 2013 Frank Daniels
and are licensed to Great Basin College