MAC 2311: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (Fall 2015).

Instructor Of Record: Dr. J.D. Mireles James.
Office: SEC 262
Office Hours: Monday 4-5pm and Thursday 10-11am.
(or by appointment).

Contact: The best way to reach me is by email at:

Class Location: College of Business Bldg, Room 410. Class Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00am-8:50am.

Textbook: Calculus: Early Transendentals (Second Edition) by Briggs, Cochran, and Gillett.

Detailed Syllabus:

No calculator will be allowed at any time during quizzes and/or exams.

Each student should make sure to understand the materials in Chapter 1 to assess his/her level of preparation. After the first 1 week, it will be assumed that you have a full working knowledge of this material, including exponentials, logarithms, trig functions, inverse functions, shifting rules for graphs, etc. If you do not, then you should consider taking another precalculus course before studying Calculus.

  • MAC 1140 and MAC 1114 (Minimum grade of C for each)
  • or
  • MAC1147 (Minimum grade of C)
  • or
  • ALEKS with total score not less than 65
  • A full working knowledge of Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Geometry is essential to succeed in calculus.

    Course Description, Objectives, Learning Outcome Goals:
    This is the first course in the Calculus sequence. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to solve problems in the following areas and achieve the quantitative skills required for courses requiring Calculus 1:
  • Limits
  • Continuity
  • Differentiation
  • Curve sketching
  • Transcendental and inverse functions
  • The Mean Value Theorem
  • L’Hospital’s Rule
  • Related rates and related rates problems
  • Optimization problems
  • Introduction to integration, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  • The application of mathematical modeling to other disciplines and real-world problems using a variety of functions.

    IFP General Education Outcomes:

  • Knowledge in several different disciplines;
  • The ability to think critically;
  • The ability to communicate effectively;
  • An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
  • An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.
  • Information available at
    Tutoring: Tutoring by graduate students will be available Monday through Friday, at the Math Learning Center (MLC), located at GS 211. For tutoring resources, visit this page.

    Course Grade The components of the course grade are as follows
    Item Date Percentage
    Quizzes See homework page 20%
    Exam 1 Wednesday, Sept 16
    Thursday, Sept 17th
    Exam 2 Wednesday, Oct 14
    Thursday, Oct 15th
    Exam 3 Monday, Nov 9
    Tuesday, Nov 10th
    Final Exam Sunday, December 6th 4.00pm-6.30pm 20%

    Midterms to take place in class. If the lowest exam grade is one of the midterms, the final exam score will replace the lowest midterm score. In this case, the final exam will be worth 40% of the final score.
    The final exam date is Sunday, December 6th 4:00-6:30pm. ROOM: TBD. The final exam will be cumulative.

    The grading scale will be
    A: 93-100%, A-: 90%-92%,
    B+: 87%-89%, B: 84%-86%, B-:80%-83%,
    C+: 75%-79%, C: 70%-74%,
    D: 60%-69%, F: 59% and below.
    The instructor reserves the right to curve this scale (in favor of the students) at the end of the semester depending on performance of the class. The grade of I (incomplete) will only be given for reasons specified on page 67 of the FAU Undergraduate Catalog.
    Missed Exams and Quizzes:
    A missed midterm or final exam may be made up; however, it is the student’s responsibility to establish with documentation that the exam was missed for a solid reason. The student cannot make up a missed midterm or final exam without such documentation. A missed quiz will result in a score of 0, with no possible make-up. The only exception is any quiz missed due to a university-excused absence; such quizzes may be made up.
    Attendance and Classroom Etiquette:
    Regular attendance at lectures is required. It is the student’s responsibility to know what is going on in class.

    Academic Honesty:
    Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the university mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the university community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see University Regulation 4.001.
    Students with Disabilities:
    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require special accommodation due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) -- in Boca Raton, SU 133 (561-297-3880) and follow all OSD procedures.


    Assignment Page


    1) First class meeting is Monday, August 17th, 2015.


    ∞) Final Exam: TBA.