Math 111 - Calculus I - Section 4 - Fall 2017

General Information:

Meeting Time:MWF, 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Location: Jones 301
Instructor:Ryan Vinroot
Office: Jones 100D
Office Hours: Mon 2:30-4:30 and Thurs 3:00-5:00.
Lab:TA: Keara Jones
Location: Morton 342
Meeting Time: Tues, 8:30 - 9:20 AM (on test days, start time at 8:00 AM)
Textbook: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (8th edition), by James Stewart.
3 Tests -- 15% each, Quizzes -- 15%, Labs -- 15%, Final Exam -- 25% (you will be able to replace your lowest attempted test score with your Final Exam score). See the syllabus link below for the precise grading scale.
Attendance & Lecture Policy: You are expected to attend every lecture and lab. If there is some reason you must reschedule a test, you must discuss it with me BEFORE the test. Please do not email or text during lecture or lab. Keep all cell phones/hand held devices/laptops/tablets put away during lecture and lab.
Calculator Policy: Calculator will NOT be allowed for quizzes, tests, or the final exam. A calculator would be most useful for certain HW or Lab problems. You can certainly get away without purchasing a calculator, and just use web-based calculating tools. If you would like to purchase a calculator, see the main 111 homepage for a list of recommended calculators.
Prerequisites: The prerequisite is essentially high school pre-calculus. The main concepts you need to have mastered are basic algebra, trigonometry, and logarithms. In particular, you are expected to know the material in Chapter 1 of the text book in detail. It is extremely important that you know the basic shape of the graphs of these functions, and you know the values of trigonometric functions as the standard special values.
Syllabus: The course will cover Sections 2.1 - 5.4 of the text (with the exception of Sections 3.11, 4.6, and 4.8). We begin by studying limits and continuity, followed by the definition, calculation, and applications of derivatives, and finally an introduction to integrals. For a detailed syllabus, including details of all of the above information, please read the following carefully: 111 Syllabus (pdf).

Dates & Course Announcements:

(Tentative) Exam Calendar:
Test 1 Tues, Oct. 3 In Lab, 8-9:20 am Morton 342
Test 2 Tues, Oct. 31 In Lab, 8-9:20 am Morton 342
Test 3 Tues, Nov. 28 In Lab, 8-9:20 am Morton 342
Final Exam Tues, Dec. 19 9 AM - 12 NOON Morton 341
  • All important announcements related to the class will be listed here. Check back frequently (don't forget to refresh your browser) for updates.
  • Important Dates and Class Holidays:
    • Fri, Sep 8: ADD/DROP DEADLINE
    • Sat, Oct 14 - Tues, Oct 17: NO CLASS (Fall Break)
    • Fri, Oct 27: WITHDRAW DEADLINE
    • Wed, Nov 22 - Sun, Nov 26: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)
    • Tues, Dec 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - FINAL EXAM
  • (8/30) You should complete the Calculus Readiness Evaluation test on Blackboard, before your first Lab meeting, if you haven't already. You can get started by watching the video on this page: Get started on Readiness test. If you have already taken this Readiness test, then you should work on the Precalculus review problems listed on the HW problem list prior to the first Lab meeting.
  • (8/30) I will determine my regular weekly office hours soon. My office hours for the first short week of classes are as follows:
    Wed Aug 30 2-4 pm, Thurs Aug 31 1-2 pm, Fri Sept 1 2-3 pm.
  • (9/4) My office hours this week are as follows:
    Mon Sept 4 3:30-4:30 pm, Wed Sept 6 1:30-3 pm, Thurs Sept 7 3-5 pm.
  • (9/13) My office hours for the semester will be: Mon 2:30-4:30, Thurs 3:00-5:00. As always, I can try to make an appointment for another time if you email me and give me a day or so advance notice.
  • (9/15) I will be away on Mon, Sept 18, and so I cannot hold my usual office hours that day. There will be class, and Prof. Eric Swartz will sub for me. The quiz in Lab on Tues, Sept 19, will be on Sec. 2.6. The Calculus tutoring room in Jones 112 is open Sun-Thurs, 5-8 pm, so consider using it for any questions you have on Sun or Mon evening to prepare for the quiz.
  • (9/22) There will be an open Trig review session, offered by Professor Zapf, on Tues, Sept 26, 5-6:30 pm, in Jones 301.
  • (9/25) If you are unable to make it to the Trig review session above, here are some links to some Trig exercises as well as their solutions (which may be good to do even if you do go to the review session):
    Trig problems 1, and their solutions,
    Trig problems 2, and their solutions,
    Trig problems 3, and their solutions.
  • (9/29) Please note that Lab 4 is NOT DUE until after Test 1. Put it aside until after the first test. In particular, Sec. 3.4 on the Chain Rule will now not be covered on Test 1.
  • (9/29) TEST 1 INFO:
    1. Test 1 will be as scheduled, next Tues, Oct 3, in Lab but starting at 8 AM.
    2. Test 1 will cover Sections 2.1-3.3 in the book. In particular, Sec. 3.4 on the Chain Rule will not be covered. Sec. 3.4 will be pushed to Test 2.
    3. The only material from Sec. 2.1-3.3 that is not covered is as follows: In Sec. 2.4, no material after Example 2 is covered, halfway through pg. 109, and in Sec. 2.6 no material after Example 12 is covered, halfway through pg. 134.
    4. I am giving you an old Test 1 in class today for practice, but this is not enough by itself to prepare for Test 1. You should also do all of the assigned Review Problems from Chapter 2, and do all of the assigned problems from Section 3.1-3.3. In particular, the practice Test 1 I am giving you does not cover 3.3, but your Test 1 will.
  • (10/2) I will have slightly extended office hours today, Mon Oct 2, from 2:30-5 pm. Also the Calculus tutoring room is open 5-8 pm as usual.
  • (10/27) TEST 2 INFO:
    1. Test 2 will be next Tues, Oct 31, in Lab but starting at 8 AM.
    2. Test 2 will cover Sections 3.4-4.1 (but not 3.11) in the book. The material covered from these sections is as follows:
    3.4 - Through Example 9 (but not "How to Prove the Chain Rule")
    3.5 - All, except you don't need to know the derivatives of inverse sec, inverse csc, or inverse cot (just inverse sin, inverse cos, inverse tan).
    3.6 - Through Example 8 (but not "The Number e as a limit").
    3.7 - Only the "Physics" Example 1 and the "Economics" Exmaple 8.
    3.8 - Through Example 3 (but not "Continuously Compounded Interest").
    3.9, 3.10 - All of these sections.
    4.1 - All except for the proof of Fermat's Theorem.
    3. You are receiving a Practice Test 2 in class today, but this is not enough to study. You should also include the following Chapter 3 Review Problems, and problems from 4.1:
    pgs. 267-269 #1, 5, 9, 15, 17, 21, 25, 27, 29, 35, 49, 53, 57, 59, 60, 70, 75, 83, 89, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96-105.
    Section 4.1 - Assigned homework problems, as well as Lab 7 (which is not due, but you should read and work on the problems).
  • (10/30) I will have slightly extended office hours today, 2:30-5 pm.
  • (11/17) TEST 3 INFO:
    1. Test 3 will be on Tues, Nov 28, in Lab starting at 8 AM. This is the Tuesday right after Thanksgiving break. Mon, Nov 27 class will be the usual review session.
    2. Test 3 will cover Sections 4.2, 4.3, 4.4. 4.5, 4.7, and 4.9. The material from these sections covered is as follows:
    4.2 - All except for the proofs of Rolle's Theorem and the proof of the MVT.
    4.3, 4.4 - All material.
    4.5 - Everything except for Slant asymptotes at the end of the section.
    4.7 - Everything except for the applications to business and economics at the end of the section.
    4.9 - All material.
    3. I am handing out a Practice Test 3 in class today, but you should also do review problems from the book. The following are a list of good Chapter 4 Review problems to work on:
    pgs. 359-361 #7-15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 45, 49, 50, 52-54, 57-59, 65-67, 69, 71, 74, 77.
  • (12/6) As I stated in class, your lowest test score will now be replaced by EITHER your final exam score, or your second highest test score, whichever is higher.
  • (12/6) Two assignments are due this Fri, Dec 8, by 5 pm on your TAs door (Keara Jones, office Jones 106A). One is Lab 11, which your started in Lab this week, and the other is the History of Calculus assignment. This can be found near the bottom of the Math 111 Lab page, just before the Final Exam information.
  • (12/7) Our final exam, which is on Tues, Dec 19, 9 AM-12 Noon, has been officially scheduled to take place in Morton 341. This is the room just next door to our normal Lab/Test room.
  • (12/8) My office hours during the final exam period are as follows, where my other course will have priority on the first two days (since their final exam is on the first Wed of final exams):
    Mon Dec 11, 12-2 and 4-5
    Tues Dec 12, 12-2 and 3:30-5
    Fri Dec 15, 12-2 and 3:30-5
    Mon Dec 18, 12-2 and 3:30-5
    Also, the Calculus tutoring room will be open on Mon Dec 18, 5-8 pm (in Jones 131). Find two previous final exams, along with their solutions, at the bottom of the 111 homepage.


The Lab for our Section of Math 111 meets on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:20 AM, in Morton 342. The TA for your Lab is Keara Jones. It is essential that you show up for your Lab every week. For one, as explained below, a quiz will be given during every lab, unless there is a Test. Each of the mid-semester tests will be given during Lab. On those days, your Lab time will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 8:00 AM, so that everyone has ample time to complete the tests.

Each lab assignment will begin during the lab time, accompanied by an introduction to the concept covered and some examples given by your TA. Your scores on the Lab assignments will count as 15% of your final grade. All of the labs will be available at the following link: 111 homepage.

The first Lab meeting is Tuesday, Sept 5. Prior to the first Lab meeting, complete the Calculus Readiness Evaluation test on Blackboard (Get started on Readiness test). If you have already completed it, please work on the Precalculus diagnostic tests listed on the HW problems. Quiz 0 will be handed out at the first Lab meeting, which will not be a timed quiz, but rather will be a sample quiz to do on your own at home.

Please check the class syllabus to see which labs are due on which week.

Homework & Quizzes:

There will be homework assignments for every section covered in class, but not to be graded. This homework is absolutely necessary in order to succeed on the quizzes, tests, and to develop a firm understanding of the material. The homework will not be collected, although you are always welcome to ask me to look at your work and to make comments on your solutions during my office hours.

The list of all assigned homework problems is here (pdf).

WebAssign problems are available online for those students with a WebAssign account. WebAssign is not a requirement for the course. These will be strictly for your benefit (and will be identical or similar to the problems listed above from the book), but will be a bit enhanced with hints and extra help from WebAssign. The Class Key for this section's WebAssign (Math 111, section 04) is: wm 7196 3964.

There will be quizzes given at the beginning of lab every week when there is not a mid-term test. Each quiz will be 10-15 minutes, and will consist of one or two test-style problems. Like the tests, calculators will not be allowed on quizzes. The main point of the quizzes, apart from testing your understanding of the assigned homework, is to prepare you for test problems. In general, if you do all of the assigned homework for each lecture during the week, you will be prepared for the quiz.

For your total quiz score at the end of the semester, I will drop your lowest quiz score. There are no make-up quizzes.

I will list all quizzes given throughout the semester, along with their solutions, here:

Resources & Links:

  • Apart from my office hours, there is also Calculus tutoring by graduate assistants on Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, in Jones 112. If you can, take advantage of this free service.
  • The main homepage for all sections of Calculus I at William & Mary, which has all of the Labs, and some problems from past finals, is here.
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