Syllabus: Math 211 Summer 2018

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Applied Calculus (MATH 211) Section 2018XB-001

Materials: [Objectives] [Spring 2015 Lectures] [Homework] [Links and Other Materials]

Instructor: Sean Carver, Ph.D., Professorial Lecturer, American University.


  • office location: DMTI 208F
  • email:
  • office phone: 202-885-6629

Course Description: [From department website.] Functions, differentiation, and integration. Applications to several areas, especially business.

Prerequisite: MATH-160 or MATH-170, or four years of high school mathematics.

Text: Hughes-Hallett, et al., Applied Calculus, 5th edition. Wiley, 2014.

Learning Outcomes: [Credit: Prof. Tennebaum]

The primary goal of this course is to help students to develop mathematical intuition and skills necessary to solve standard calculus problems and their application to business, management, and social sciences. A secondary goal of this course is for the student to comprehend the concepts behind the presentation, use, and manipulation of data and functions. Such an understanding allows the student to approach new problems analytically, even though the problems may be unfamiliar. As a result of completing this course, students will
  • understand the use and manipulation of algebraic and transcendental functions;
  • understand the mathematics underlying the notions limits, derivatives & integrals;
  • be able to evaluate limits, derivatives and integrals of a wide variety of functions;
  • understand and be able to sketch the graphs of functions;
  • be able to solve problems and formulate and analyze mathematical models in business, economics & the social and management sciences.

Office Hours: Students are strongly encouraged to come to office hours if they need or want help. My office is Room 108F, DMTI. Office hours are tentatively scheduled as follows: (may be adjusted throughout the semester)

  • Wednesday, Friday: 5:30 PM TO 6:30 PM, or by appointment.

Tutoring through AU's Academic Support and Access Center.

Tutoring through MATH/STAT tutoring center:

  • The tutoring center has not posted its hours for the summer and I am not sure if they will be open at all.
  • Location: Don Myers Building, Room 103.
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Lab Hours during last Fall Semester:
  • Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed

Class times and locations:

  • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 05:30 PM - 08:10 PM, DMTI 110

Important Dates:

  • May 21 (Monday): First day of class
  • May 28 (Monday): Memorial day, no class
  • June 28 (Thursday): Final exam (during class) and last day of class

Tentative grading scheme:

Attendance and Participation 10%
Quizzes 60%
Homework Not Graded
Final 30%

Attendance and Participation Policy: You are expected to attend all classes. Attendance and participation is worth 10% of your grade. If you miss class repeatedly, you will be in danger of losing all points in this category. If you need to miss class for an acceptable reason, please email me, and have your absence excused by the Dean of Students. To be allowed a make up on a quiz, you must have your absence excused by the Dean of Students.

Quizzes: There will a quiz on the first class day of every week. By Friday evening, the material to study will be posted on this website, under the heading "Objectives," above. I will aim to have quizzes returned graded by Thursday of the same week.

Homework: Homework problems will be passed out in class. Solutions will be given at the same time. Class time will be devoted to doing homework. You are expected to engage in these activities.

Class Etiquette: Please participate in class by asking questions when you do not understand something. Invariably other students benefit from these questions. Please engage in discussions, and please engage with the class, generally. I find it easier to give good lectures when students are asking questions, and engaging with the material.

Please give the class your full attention and refrain from talking, texting, surfing the web, and similar distractions. If it is clear to other students that you are not paying attention, it will be harder for them to pay attention to me. This statement is true in general, but it is especially true if you are talking. Also, it can also be harder for me to give good lectures, when it is clear that not everyone is paying attention. Like you, your classmates are paying a lot of money to be here. Please have some respect for the others in the room. If you need to attend to something urgently, it is OK to excuse yourself from the classroom. Please be warned that if people are not following this request, I may reread this statement to the class.

Academic Integrity: Cheating is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Consider this: in subtle ways, cheating to get a better grade on an exam can result in lowering the grades of some of your classmates. Certainly this is true when a specific curve is used to assign grades. Even when I don't use curves explicitly, they can be implicit in decisions about writing and grading exams. As required by the policy of American University, I will report all suspected cases of cheating to the Dean's office who will proceed to investigate and adjudicate the issues. Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on quizzes or exams, from other students or other people, from notes, from books, or from the web. When inappropriate copying between students is caught, both parties may be culpable.

Public Service Announcement: A representative of AU's Students Against Sexual Violence (SASV) approached me and asked me to include on my syllabi a list of resources available for survivors of sexual assault and their friends. While sexual violence is by no means the only challenge faced by students, I agree that this issue merits particular attention, so I am honoring her request by attaching the list she gave me:

Sexual Assault Resources

  • It’s never the survivor’s fault. There are many people you can talk to if you or someone you care about has been sexually assaulted:
  • AU's Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Daniel Rappaport (
  • AU's Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Sara Yzaguirre (
  • DC SANE Program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) 1-800-641-4028
  • The only hospital in DC area that gives Physical Evidence Recover Kits (rape kits) is Medstar Washington Hospital
  • DC Rape Crisis Center: 202-333-7273
  • Students found responsible for sexual misconduct can be sanctioned with penalties that include suspension or expulsion from American University, and they may be subject to criminal charges
  • If you want to submit a formal complaint against someone who has sexually assaulted you, harassed you, or discriminated against you based on your gender identity or sexual orientation, you can do so online at, or contact the Dean of Students at or 202-885-3300. These are Title IX violations, and universities are legally required to prohibit these actions.
  • Resources on campus that are required to keep what you tell them confidential are Daniel Rappaport, Sara Yzaguirre, ordained chaplains in Kay, and counselors at the counseling center. (OASIS may also belong here but it didn't exist when this list was created.)