MAT 131, Calculus I, Fall 2019, Noyce 3821


Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at)

Text: Calculus, 6th Edition by James Stuart. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-10:50
By appointment; please email me to set up a time. See my weekly schedule.

Learning Goals:

The course content is clearly a critical component of Calculus I. The course also has supplementary learning goals regarding problem solving skills, interacting with technical and quantitative material, and working with peers. The learning goals for this course are:


This class will meet approximately four hours per week. To accomplish the course learning goals students should expect to spend at least eight additional hours per week completing assignments and studying course material.


A significant course objective is developing the skills to work in a group toward a mutual comprehension of the material. Students will be randomly assigned a daily partner. Please read the note on partnerships.

Seating assignments will be updated at 5:03 pm the evening prior to each class period. Bookmark the following page and refresh the page to see your seat assignment prior to each class session.


There will be daily homework, due at the beginning of class on Wednesdays and Fridays (or occasionally on Monday following an exam). Homework will be posted on Pioneerweb after each class. You will submit complete solutions to the four problems listed as HW. Additional problems will be listed that you do not submit. Late homework will not be accepted. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped. Please read the note on homework and quizzes.


Most Friday classes will involve students working in partnerships of three or four students on an exploratory learning project. New material will be introduced in these sessions. The mutual goal of the partnership is to have all partners understand the new concepts and techniques. Friday partnerships will change throughout the semester. A significant course goal for Friday Explorations is developing the skills to work in a group toward a mutual comprehension of the material. Each partnership will submit a joint, formal write up of the exploration which will often need to be completed outside of class. Explorations are due on Tuesdays immediately following the Friday session when they were introduced. Please read the note on partnerships.


A short quiz will begin each Friday class sessions (excluding than exam days). Quizzes will be taken the first ten minutes of class. There are no make-up quizzes. The highest six quiz scores are used to calculate your quiz grade. Please read the note on homework and quizzes.

Midterm Exams:

There will be three in-class, midterm exams, tentatively scheduled for These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.

Final Exam:

The final exam is three hours and will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam. The final exam is scheduled for:
Course Grade:
Homework: 15%
Explorations: 5%
Quizzes: 10%
Midterm Exams: 45% (15% each)
Final Exam: 25%

Academic Honesty:

All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy.

In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. Any resource (other textbooks or online) must be cited. It is expressly forbidden to look for solutions online, in textbooks, or from other students. It is also an academic honesty violation to solicit assistance from any online forum.

All quizzes, midterm exams, and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource not provided with the exam.


Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.


If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please meet with me early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to and discuss your needs with the Coordinator for Student Disability Resources, John Hirschman (hirschma), located on the 3rd floor of the 3rd floor of Goodnow Hall (x3089).

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