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-M15F15 to get to the assignments for this course. You can find some instructions and tips on using WeBWorK here. **

**Announcements**

Have a wonderful fall break!

**H****omework**** **

#1, due Wednesday, 9/2: Automathography, calculus contract, WeBWorK HW1, find my office (sign your name on the list on my door), diagnostic quiz (if you didn't finish it in class)

#2, due Friday, 9/4: WeBWorK HW2; Section 1.8: #1, 2, 3; these problems; start working on the pi-rate treasure hunt

#3, due Monday, 9/7:

You will need a calculator for this assignment! If you don't own one, there are plenty of good online calculators, including online graphing calculators (see link above). Remember: to solve a limit problem using "graphical" methods, you need to see a picture of the graph, so you'll need to use a graphing calculator to graph the function for you.WeBWorK HW3 (Note: for limits of functions with variables in the denominator, I highly recommend using graphical methods rather than numerical ones); from Section 1.8 of your textbook: #12, 13 (do both of 12 & 13 numerically), 26 (for this problem, estimate the answer to the first 5 decimal places--that is, keep plugging in numbers closer and closer to 0 until the 1st 5 decimal places of your output stop changing), 35, 50ab (be sure to set your calculator toradians!!); #41 from Chapter 1 Review; these problems; read this in preparation for Monday's lecture; the pi-rate treasure hunt is due Wednesday#4, due Wednesday, 9/9: WeBWorK HW 4; pi-rate treasure hunt; Section 1.8 -- #15, 54, 55, 56, 58, 60, 62; these problems. Note: the expectation is that you should solve every one of these problems algebraically--i.e., using one of the methods we talked about in class on Monday--rather than graphically or numerically. So no calculators will be necessary for this assignment.

#5, due Friday, 9/11: WeBWorK HW5; Section 1.7 -- # 3, 4, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 30ab (for #11, 12, use the IVT).

#6, due Wednesday, 9/16: WeBWorK HW6; Section 2.1 -- # 1, 2, 4, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 36

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

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

#9, due Friday, 9/25: WeBWorK HW9; Section 2.4 -- 1, 3, 6, 12, 19, 21, 24, 28, 30

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

#11, due Wednesday, 9/30: WeBWorK HW11; 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 Friday, 10/2: WeBWorK HW12; Section 3.2 -- 7, 8, 14, 16, 25, 39, 40abc; Section 3.3 -- 4, 7, 12, 13, 20, 25, 30, 49, 52; Section 3.5 (not 3.4!!) -- 2, 3, 12, 34, 35, 41, 42, 44, 50

#13, due Monday, 10/5: Start to study for the exam! (See "announcements" section for a copy of an old exam + solutions.) Also: WeBWorK HW13; Section 3.4 -- 1, 4, 11, 12, 16, 23, 28, 31, 35, 40, 44, 66, 67, 72a, 77, 87

#14, due Friday, 10/9: WeBWorK HW14; Section 3.6 -- 1, 4, 11, 19, 20, 23, 27, 35, 38, 42, 61, 62, 65, 66, 69

Coming up: #15, due Monday, 10/19: WeBWorK HW 15; Section 3.7 -- 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27