Math 15

General information about the course

Some common calculus myths

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Here's a nifty summary of some of the algebra/trig topics frequently needed in Math 15.

Some advice from former Math 15 students on how to succeed in this course!

You can logon to WeBWorK here. Your login name will be your Swarthmore email user ID (the part of your address that precedes @swarthmore.edu), and your password will be your Swarthmore network password. Click on Grood-M15F14 to get to the assignments for this course. You can find some instructions and tips on using WeBWorK here.

Announcements

Pirate sessions are: Sundays, 8 - 10 pm in Sci 158; Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5 pm in Sci 128; Wednesdays, 8 - 10 pm in Sci 158; Thursdays, 8-10 pm in Sci 128

Homework

#1, due Wednesday, 9/3: Automathography, calculus contract, WeBWorK HW1, find my office and Kaitlyn Litwinetz's office (sign your name on the lists on our respective doors), diagnostic quiz (if you didn't finish it in class)

#2, due Friday, 9/5: WeBWorK HW2; Section 1.8, #1, 2, 3; these problems

#3, due Monday, 9/8:

Note: for the textbook problems, you may use either numerical or graphical methods to find the limits. Either way, you will need a calculator for this assignment! If you don't own one, there are plenty of good (free) online calculators, even online graphing calculators. Remember: to solve a limit problem using "graphical" methods, you need to see a picture of the graph, so you'll need to find something (or someone!) to graph the function for you.

#4, due Wednesday, 9/10:

Note: the expectation is that you are able to do every one of these problems algebraically--ie, without a calculator, using the methods we talked about in class on Monday--rather than graphically (ie, by plotting a graph) or numerically (ie, by creating a table of values).

#5, due Friday, 9/12:

#6, due Monday, 9/15:

#7, due Wednesday, 9/17: WeBWorK HW7; AND Section 2.2: 1, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 41, 43, 45, 47

#8, due Friday, 9/19: WeBWorK HW8; AND Section 2.3: 2, 5, 6, 8, 21, 22 (note for 21,22: "using difference quotients" means "use the definition of the derivative") 24, 31, 34, 43

#9, due Monday, 9/22: WeBWorK HW9; AND Section 2.4: 1, 3, 6, 12, 19, 21, 24, 28, 30

#10, due Wednesday, 9/24: WeBWorK HW10; AND Section 2.5: 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 37

#11, due Friday, 9/26: WeBWorK HW 11; AND Section 2.6: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8; AND Section 3.1: 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 28, 32, 35, 39, 57, 60

#12, due Monday, 9/29: WeBWorK HW12; AND Section 3.2: 5, 7, 8, 14, 17, 18, 39, 40abc; AND Section 3.3: 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 20, 25, 30, 40, 41, 49, 52, 56

#13, due Wednesday, 10/1: WeBWorK HW13; AND Section 3.4: 1, 4, 11, 12, 16, 23, 28, 31, 35, 40, 44, 66, 67, 72a, 77, 87