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# MTH 201-04: Calculus, Winter 2021
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**Welcome to MTH 201**! I'm Dr. Robert Talbert, Professor of Mathematics, and I am grateful that you are signed up for the course and am looking forward to working with you this semester.
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## What's MTH 201 all about?
MTH 201 is a first course in **Calculus**, which is all about **modeling and understanding change**. Change is maybe the most important facet of the world around us, and we care about it more than we realize. For example, we care a lot about the number of Covid-19 cases in our community, but we might care even more about *how fast the number of cases is changing* (either up or down). In MTH 201, you'll learn the mathematical language of change and apply it to models that you build to draw conclusions, make predictions, and give meaningful answers to real problems.
MTH 201 goes beyond just computation. In MTH 201, you'll build skills with **understanding** complex concepts, **communicating** those concepts and the meaning of your results to appropriate audiences, **using professional tools** to help you in your work, and practice **working with others** to improve your learning (and theirs). These are valuable skills no matter where you go next.
Success in this course doesn't come easy, and you can expect to be pushed and stretched intellectually. But the struggle you experience is normal and healthy, a sign of growth and that you are doing things the right way. And you will receive tireless support from me and your classmates in the process. Above all, **my top priority is to support you in your work and help you succeed**.
**Prerequisites:** MTH 124, or both MTH 122 and MTH 123, or placement via the Calculus Readiness Test.
**General Education:** Information about the General Education requirements that MTH 201 fulfills is posted on Blackboard.
## Key Information
+ **Course mode:** This section of MTH 201 is **synchronous online**, which means we will meet online (through Zoom) at regularly scheduled times. Please note **I do not plan on being on campus this semester**.
+ **Class meetings**: MTWR 2:00-2:50 online. The link for our meetings is found on Blackboard in the *Syllabus and Calendar* area.
+ **Definition of a "week"**: For this class, a "week" runs from 12:01am Eastern time on Monday through 11:59pm Eastern time on the following Sunday.
+ **Professor contact:** Email at talbertr@gvsu.edu, or direct-message me on Campuswire. If you have a question that the entire class might answer, please post it to the Class Feed on Campuswire instead of in a private message.
+ **Professor availability:** I check messages regularly between 7:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays, and once on Saturdays. If you contact me during those hours and your message needs a reply, you can expect to receive one within a few hours, often sooner. *Outside of those hours, particularly on weekends, I am typically offline and not checking messages.* Please plan accordingly as you schedule your work.
+ **Drop-in hours**: These are held on Zoom; the link and password are on Blackboard in the *Syllabus and Calendar* area. You do not need an appointment or permission to drop in. The hours are **2:00-2:50 pm Tuesdays and 12:00-1:50pm Fridays**.
+ **Textbook**: *Active Calculus* by Matt Boelkins (August 2020 version). This is available *free* online here: https://activecalculus.org/single/frontmatter.html You can also download a PDF copy here: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/books/18/ You do not need a print copy, but if you want one, you can order it here: http://amzn.to/38HQdIo (Note this is the 2018 version.)
+ **Course materials**: All course files, the class calendar, class forms, and most graded assignments are housed on Blackboard (http://mybb.gvsu.edu).
+ **Course announcements and communication**: Course announcements, discussion, and other communication will be housed on **Campuswire** (https://campuswire.com/c/G578D9BCC/). You will also be able to opt in to a service called **Remind** which allows me to push reminders to you via text message.
## What will class meetings be like?
Your work in the class will follow a pattern that will involve you **before**, **during**, and **after** our meetings:
- **BEFORE each class**: You'll complete a **Daily Prep** assignment in which you'll read parts of the text, watch recorded lectures, and complete assignments that will get you up to speed on the basic ideas of new material.
- **DURING each class**: Class time is reserved for *doing math*, together and individually. We will focus on activities that **apply the basics** that you learn in Daily Prep and get you ready for more advanced work later.
- **AFTER each class**: You'll apply and extend the ideas we practice during class through different kinds of graded work.
Since you learn math by *doing* math, class time will be prioritized for **doing active work on applications of basic concepts**. You'll be expected to gain enough fluency on those basics to be productive in class, by doing your Daily Prep assignments. Lectures during class will be infrequent, short, and targeted at specific questions from your work rather than a general introduction to concepts. Also, **there are no timed tests or quizzes during class meetings**.
## What assignments will there be?
+ **Learning Targets**: There are 16 *Learning Targets* in the course, listed in the Appendix to this syllabus. These are the main tasks that you should be able to do if you are successful in MTH 201. Six of these are designated as **Core** learning targets because they are the most essential topics in the class. *Your main goal in the course is to provide evidence of skill on as many targets as possible.* You will do so through **Checkpoints** which are do-at-home exams.
+ **Application/Extension Problems (AEPs)**: AEPs are extended problem sets where you will either *apply* basic content to real-life problems or explore *extensions* of those concepts beyond what's in the textbook. There will be between 8 and 10 of these, and you'll choose several (up to 6) from among these to complete.
+ **WeBWorK**: Online homework assignments to help build your computational skills. You will receive 16 problems per course module, each worth 1 point, for a total of 192 points available.
+ **Daily Prep**: Daily reading and videos, with exercises and questions to be submitted prior to class. These will help you learn the basics of new material and prepare you for more application-focused work in class. There will be two Daily Preps per module, for a total of 24.
+ **Startup assignments**: During the first few weeks of class, you'll complete three assignments designed to get you set up in the course and do some review of precalculus math.
There is also a final exam for the course which will focus on big-picture questions and reflections on your experiences in the course. It will be graded Pass/No Pass. The final exam will be assigned on Wednesday April 28 and will be due on Thursday April 29. More information will be given near the end of the course.
## How do I earn a grade in the course?
Your grade in the course is earned by **demonstrating evidence of skill on the main concepts in the course** and by **showing appropriate engagement with the course**. And this is done by completing the assignments outlined above, at a reasonably high level of quality.
In our class, **there are no points or percentages** on most items. Instead, the work you turn in will be evaluated against **quality standards** that will be made clear on each assignment. If your work meets the standard, then you will receive full credit for it. Otherwise, you will get helpful feedback and, on most items, the chance to reflect on the feedback, revise your work, and then resubmit it for regrading.
This feedback loop represents and supports the way that people learn: By trying things, making mistakes, reflecting on those mistakes, and then trying again. **You can make mistakes without penalty** as long as you *eventually* demonstrate evidence of skill.
The individual types of assignments are marked as follows:
| Assignment | How it's marked |
| ---------- | --------------- |
| Learning Targets | Either ***Proficiency*** or ***Mastery*** |
| AEPs | **E** (Excellent), **M** (Meets expectations), **P** (Progressing) or **X** (Not Assessable) |
| WeBWorK | Each problem is **1 point** |
| Daily Prep | **Pass** or **No Pass** |
| Startup assignments | **Pass** or **No Pass** |
The critera for the different marks are explained in the "*How are individual assignments graded?*" section below.
Your final grade in the course is determined by the following table. Each grade has a *requirement* specified in its row in the table. **To earn a grade, you will need to meet *all* the requirements in the row for that grade.** Put differently, your grade is the **highest** grade level for which **all** the requirements in a row of the table have been met or exceeded.
| Grade | Learning Targets with Mastery (out of 16) | AEP's with M or E (out of 8-10) | WeBWorK points (out of 192) | Daily Prep Passed (out of 24) | Startup Assignments Passed (out of 3) |
| ---- | :------------------------: | :----------------: | :-------: | :----------: | :----: |
| A | 15 *including all 6 Core* | 6 *including at least 3 E's* | 170 | 22 | 3 |
| B | 13 | 5 | 150 | 20 | 3 |
| C | 11 | 4 | 130 | 18 | 3 |
| D | 5 | 2 | 100 | 12 | n/a |
A grade of F is given if **none** of the rows has been fully completed.
**Plus/minus grades:** Plus/minus grades will be assigned at my discretion based on how close you are to the next higher or lower grade level. However, you must earn a Pass mark on the final exam to be eligible for a "plus" grade, and a No Pass mark on the final exam will automatically give you a "minus".
## How are individual assignments graded?
+ **Learning Targets:** The two ratings of *Proficiency* and *Mastery* are assessed on **Checkpoints**, which are do-at-home exams offered roughly every 10-14 days (a schedule is in the Appendix of this syllabus). Checkpoints contain one problem (often with multiple parts) per Learning Target. Each problem is graded separately and has its own criteria for what is "acceptable" work. **A Proficiency rating is given if you complete *one* Checkpoint problem that meets the criteria; a Mastery rating is given if you complete a *second* Checkpoint problem that meets the criteria.** A detailed rundown of each Learning Target's criteria for "acceptable" work, the items covered on each Checkpoint problem, and a schedule for Checkpoints can be found in the document "[Information on Learning Targets and Checkpoints](https://hackmd.io/@rtalbert235/rkwjQ9hCD)" on Blackboard in the *Learning Targets* area.
+ **AEPs:** The grading process for AEPs is outlined in the flowchart below:
![EMPX rubric](https://i.ibb.co/0sRwsd6/EMPX-rubric-2021.png)
+ **Daily Prep**: A *Pass* mark is given if the Daily Prep is turned in before its deadline and if *each item* on the Daily Prep has a response that represents a *good faith effort to be right*. **Mistakes are not penalized**. In fact one purpose of Daily Preps is to provide me with information about issues that the class is having, prior to class meetings. A *No Pass* is given if an item is left blank (even accidentally), has an answer but it shows insufficient effort (including responses like "I don't know"), or if the Daily Prep is late.
+ **WeBWorK**: Most problems on WeBWorK sets are worth 1 point each; some offer partial credit. The point is awarded if the answer is correct.
+ **Startup assignments**: The Pass/No Pass critera for these are specified on the individual assignments.
## How do I revise and resubmit my work?
Instead of earning partial credit, on most assignments you will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit your work based on feedback that I provide, if the work doesn't meet its standard for acceptability. **Mistakes, and work that does not meet the standard for acceptability, are typically not penalized.** Instead, if your work has enough errors that it would benefit from redoing parts of it or the whole thing, you'll get the chance to do so. This again is because **human beings learn from making mistakes and fixing them with feedback and reflection.**
How this works in MTH 201 is as follows:
+ **Learning Targets:** Learning Targets are assessed by Checkpoints as described above. **Each Checkpoint is cumulative**, so for example Checkpoint 2 will cover some new material plus material from Checkpoint 1, and so on. **Each Learning Target will appear on four (4) consecutive checkpoints**; for example, a problem for Learning Target 3 first appears on Checkpoint 2 and new versions of that problem will appear on Checkpoints 3, 4 and 5. In this way, if you work a problem on a Checkpoint that doesn't meet the standard, you can just try it again at a later Checkpoint. However: **After four Checkpoints, the Learning Target is "retired"** and will only appear on the final two Checkpoints (or by request if you spend a token, explained later), so you do need to tackle Learning Targets early and fix any misconceptions you have on them reasonably quickly in order to earn a Mastery rating (which is earned by completing two Checkpoint problems successfully).
+ **AEPs** earning M, P, or X can be revised and resubmitted at any time by reflecting on the feedback you receive, making corrections and rewrites, and then re-uploading the new draft to Blackboard. However, see below for two important restrictions on AEP revisions.
+ **Daily Prep** assignments *may not* be revised or resubmitted. They are graded on completeness and effort only, and therefore can only be done once. However, you can spend a token to convert a "No Pass" mark to a "Pass" if needed.
+ **WeBWorK** problems can be redone and resubmitted as many times as you need until the deadline. However they cannot be redone once the deadline has passed.
Revision options for the startup assignments are specified in those assignments.
Also please note that **I do not typically look over student work before it is submitted**. Requests to review student work prior to submission will usually be declined. Instead, when you are submitting work, make sure to double-check your work prior to submitting it, to make sure that all required components are present and that, to your understanding, your work meets the criteria for acceptable quality. If you submit your work and it needs revision, you can revise it.
**Restrictions on AEP revisions:** You may only submit **two AEP items per week** --- either initial drafts of two different AEPs, two revisions, or one of each. A third submission in a week can be purchased with a token (see below), but four or more submissions in a week are not allowed under any circumstance. Also, **you must spend a token to revise an AEP that earned a grade of "X"**; this is in place to make sure your AEP drafts represent a complete and good-faith effort.
**Tokens:** Each student starts the semester with 5 **tokens**, which can be used to purchase exceptions to the course rules. The token "menu" is below. To spend a token, go to the *Token Spending* form (found in the in the *Submit a Form* area on Blackboard), fill it out, and submit it. Once the form is submitted, the item you purchased is yours; you do not need permission or confirmation. Everything listed here costs 1 token:
+ Submit a third AEP in a given week.
+ Submit a revision of an AEP marked "X".
+ Extend the deadline on a Checkpoint by 12 hours.
+ Extend the deadline on a WeBWorK set by 12 hours.
+ Convert a "No Pass" on a Daily Prep to a "Pass".
Please note that tokens may not be "stacked"; for example you aren't allowed to spend 2 tokens and extend a deadline for 24 hours instead of 12. Deadline extensions must be requested *prior* to the original deadline and will be extended 12 hours from the original deadline (not from the time when the request was made).
## What else do I need to know? (Additional course policies)
### Attendance and deadlines
**Attendance:** You will need to participate actively in each class meeting to get the most out of the course and avoid having to teach yourself the material. Attendance will be taken but not graded; I will follow up with students with excessive absences, but no direct penalty is incurred. You do not need to seek permission to miss a class. However, realize that **excessive absences will severely limit your ability to learn the subject**.
**Zoom meeting guidelines:** Our class meetings will be done through Zoom. When we meet, please **mute your audio but turn your video feed on**. Having the video feed on helps me to interact better with you, and it will help you focus and learn. If you are not comfortable with having video on, please at least **use a picture of yourself** that appears on screen when you mute the video. We will also work in breakout rooms frequently; when doing so, **if you are working collaboratively with a group, make sure to turn both your audio and video on, and participate actively**.
**Deadlines and late work:** Deadlines are generally strictly enforced, and late work will not be accepted. However, you can spend tokens to extend deadlines for Checkpoints and WeBWorK sets. Daily Prep deadlines cannot be extended, but you can spend a token to change a "No Pass" mark to "Pass" if needed.
**AEP deadlines:** **AEPs do not have fixed deadlines**. Instead, you will select the AEPs you want to work on (up to 6 out of a total of 8-10), and then work over time and submit your first draft when you believe it's ready to be graded. **However as noted earlier, you can only turn in two AEP items per week** --- two new submissions, two revisions, or one of each --- so you **cannot procrastinate until the second half of the term to get started. You should plan on maintaining a pace to submit at least one AEP every 1-2 weeks.**. There will be some incentives set up plus reminders to keep you on track, but otherwise you are responsible for managing your work schedule.
### Collaboration and academic honesty
I highly encourage you to collaborate with your classmates whenever collaboration is allowed. However, realize that *collaboration is not always allowed* and in all cases, there are limitations on how you can collaborate. In particular:
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- On **Checkpoints**, your work must represent *your own understanding* in *your own words* and you may not use solutions, directly or indirectly, from other students or unapproved resources. However, there is a list of *approved* resources that you may use on Checkpoints, including [Wolfram|Alpha](http://wolframalpha.com), [Desmos](http://desmos.com), your textbook, and other items posted to Blackboard. That list is included in the document titled "Information on Learning Targets and Checkpoints" found on Blackboard in the *Syllabus and Calendar* area. **Items not on the approved list may be used only with prior permission from me (Talbert).**
- On **AEPs**, your work must represent *your own understanding* in *your own words*. You may not use solutions, directly or indirectly, from any sources --- including other students, past students, online sources, or other textbooks.
- On **all other assignments**, you may collaborate with others, but you must contribute significantly to the assignment, and your work must represent *your own understanding* in *your own words*.
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You are responsible for understanding this policy and the [GVSU Student Code](https://www.gvsu.edu/policies/policy.htm?policyId=EFAB64E1-C25B-E1A3-CA2B08B0B821C774&search=). Violations will result, at minimum, in a mark of "X" or "No Pass" on the assignment. Serious or repeat violations of this policy will result in increasingly horrible consequences, including being barred from further submissions of the assignment or Learning Target, or even failure of the class.
### Technology
Being an online class, we will use a variety of technological tools to learn. Please review [this list of overall technology requirements for online classes at GVSU](https://www.gvsu.edu/online/technology-requirements-for-onlinehybrid-courses-8.htm). For this class specifically:
- You *do not* need a graphing calculator, and we will not use them in the class, but it's OK if you have one. (We will use [Desmos](http://www.desmos.com), a free online graphing tool, instead of graphing calculators.)
- Instead, you *do need* a **laptop or tablet device** running a **modern web browser** (such as Chrome, Edge, or Firefox) and **reliable access to high-speed internet**.
- You also need an **active GVSU network account** so you can access email, Blackboard, and Google Docs.
- Preferably, your device should have a **touchscreen** that allows **writing on the screen with a stylus**. If you don't have such a device, consider purchasing a [drawing pad](https://www.amazon.com/customerpicks/Explore-drawing-tablets-for-laptops/424f9b9ace2bfffcb82c) that connects your computer via USB; many are under $50.
- The software tools we use in the course are all free and either web-based or available as apps on mutiple platforms. We will introduce and train on these in the first week of classes.
If you encounter issues with technology, please use the appropriate source of help:
+ *For help with Blackboard*: Email the Blackboard Help Desk at bbadmin@gvsu.edu or call (616) 331-8526. For hours of operation and more information see https://www.gvsu.edu/elearn/help/.
+ *For help with the GVSU network, email, or printing*: Email the GVSU IT Help Desk at helpdesk@gvsu.edu; or call (616) 331-2101 or toll free (855) 435-7488. For hours of operation and more information see https://www.gvsu.edu/it/.
+ *For specific help with your computer*: Try the GVSU IT Help Desk (see previous bullet) or contact your equipment manufacturer or computer store.
+ *For help with course tools such as Desmos and Campuswire*: Ask a question on the `#tech` channel on Campuswire, seek out the help documentation in the tool, or do a targeted Google search.
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**If you are encountering issues turning in assignments with deadlines because of technology issues:** Please follow this procedure.
1. **Get your work to the professor before the deadline, through whatever means you have available to you**. For example, if a PDF won't upload to Blackboard, send it as an email attachment so that I'll at least have your work before the deadline. Getting your work turned in through *some* means, is your primary responsibility. Please note *you are still responsible for turning in your work prior to the deadline, even if there are technology problems with the usual means of submitting it*.
4. **Check Campuswire** to see if others are reporting the issue. If they are, you'll know it's an issue with the system and not with you. If not, post something to the Class Feed about the issue and tag it with `Technology`.
2. **Once your work is submitted prior to the deadline, try seeing if the issue has been resolved**. For example many Blackboard outages last for only a few minutes and are fixed by a third party; **try again** to submit the work using the normal means.
3. **Report the issue to the appropriate tech support outlet above.** Please note *I (Talbert) am not able to provide tech support*, so telling only me about it does no good! For example, Blackboard outages should be reported to the Blackboard Help Desk as soon as possible if the issue has not been resolved.
4. **Check back later to see if the issue has been resolved**. If it has, submit your work normally.
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Please note that **I (Prof. Talbert) am not able to provide student tech support** as I do not have access to your accounts or knowledge of your hardware. I can help with questions about course tools (Desmos, etc.) but please ask those questions on Campuswire so others can see and help too.
**Recordings of online meetings**: We will use technology for live-streaming class meetings, and recordings of these may be made. Our use of such technology is governed by FERPA, the [Acceptable Use Policy](https://www.gvsu.edu/policies/policy.htm?policyId=821DD178-92CC-5C81-65C19EFD76FAC207) and GVSU’s [Student Code of Conduct](https://www.gvsu.edu/policies/category.htm?categoryId=2C706898-FBBE-C50F-09A6D62DEA20957B). A record of all meetings and recordings is kept and stored by GVSU, in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy and FERPA. I will not share recordings of your class activities outside of course participants, which include your fellow students, advisors, and any guest faculty or community based learning partners that we may engage with. **You may not share recordings outside of this course. Doing so may result in disciplinary action**.
### Getting help and support
**Math Center:** GVSU’s Math Tutoring Center is online with Blackboard Collaborate this semester! You can access virtual drop-in tutoring through the link in your Blackboard course called *Math Tutoring Center* or on our website at http://gvsu.edu/tutoring/math/. Then click on the "Online Math Tutoring Center" button, which will require a GVSU login. There will be tutors online, ready to help, Monday through Thursday 11a – 9p, Friday 11a – 3p and Sunday 5p – 9p starting Wednesday, January 20th. Bring questions about technology, on methods and concepts, or on specific problems. All Math Center tutoring is FREE, so stop by early and often. When you enter the Collaborate room, please type your first and last name so we can get you signed in and connected with a tutor.
**Special learning needs:** If you have special needs because of learning, physical or other disabilities, it is your responsibility to contact Disability Support Resources (DSR) at 616-331-2490 or http://www.gvsu.edu/dsr/ . DSR will help you arrange accommodations. Then, speak with me in person about making those accommodations and ensure that they are consistent with your arrangements with DSR.
**Basic needs security:** If you have difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or if you lack a safe and stable place to live, I encourage you to visit [Replenish](https://www.gvsu.edu/replenish/), a food resource for GVSU students. If you are comfortable doing so, please speak with me about your circumstances so that I can advocate for you and to connect you with other campus resources.
**Gender identity and expression:** If, for purposes of gender identity and expression, your official name (in Banner) does not match your preferred name, your name can be updated in Blackboard. Please contact the registrar's office to submit this request. The registrar's office will contact the Blackboard administrator to make the change and will also contact your professors to inform them that your name in Banner will not match the name in Blackboard.
### Credits and Disclaimer
I borrowed a lot from the MTH 201 syllabus of Prof. David Clark.
This course is subject to the GVSU policies listed at http://www.gvsu.edu/coursepolicies/
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## Appendix
### List of Learning Targets
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**Note**: Learning Targets 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, and 16 are **Core** Learning Targets and are marked as such.
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1. I can find the average rate of change of a function and the average velocity of an object on an interval.
2. (**CORE**) I can find one- and two-sided limits of a function at a point and at infinity using numerical, graphical, and algebraic methods.
3. I can find the derivative of a function (both at a point and as a function) and the instantaneous velocity of an object using the definition of the derivative.
4. (**CORE**) I can use derivative notation correctly, state the units of a derivative, estimate the value of a derivative using difference quotients, and correctly interpret the meaning of a derivative in context.
5. Given information about $f$, $f'$, or $f''$, I can correctly give information about $f$, $f'$, or $f''$ and the increasing/decreasing behavior and concavity of $f$ (and vice versa).
6. (**CORE**) I can compute basic-level derivatives using algebraic shortcut methods and solve simple application problems. (Functions involved will include constant, power, polynomial, exponential, and sine/cosine functions; applications include rates of change and slopes/equations of tangent lines)
7. (**CORE**) I can compute derivatives involving the Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules. (Functions involved will be those under "basic")
8. I can compute advanced-level derivatives using algebraic shortcut methods. (Functions involved will include "basic" ones plus logarithmic, trig, and inverse trigonometric functions along with Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules and multiple rules in combination.)
9. I can find the critical values of a function, determine where the function is increasing and decreasing, and apply the First and Second Derivative Tests to classify the critical points as local extrema.
10. I can determine the intervals of concavity of a function and find all of its points of inflection.
11. I can use the Extreme Value Theorem to find the absolute maximum and minimum values of a continuous function on a closed interval.
12. (**CORE**) I can set up and use derivatives to solve applied optimization problems.
13. I can calculate the area under a curve, net change, and displacement using geometric formulas and Riemann sums.
14. I can evaluate a definite integral using geometric formulas and the Properties of the Definite Integral.
15. I can explain the meaning of each part of the definition of the definite integral in terms of a graph, and interpret the definite integral in terms of areas, net change, and displacement.
16. (**CORE**) I can find antiderivatives of a function and evaluate a definite integral using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
### Schedule of Checkpoints
The dates and specific Learning Targets are subject to change. All dates are listed on the course calendar, and if changes are made, the course calendar is always right.
| Checkpoint | Learning Targets | Date assigned | Date due |
| --------- | ---------------- | ------------- | -------- |
| 1 | 1, 2 | Feb 1 | Feb 3 |
| 2 | 1, 2, 3 | Feb 8 | Feb 10 |
| 3 | 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | Feb 22 | Feb 24 |
| 4 | 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 | Mar 8 | Mar 11 (Friday) |
| 5 | 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 | Mar 22 | Mar 24 |
| 6 | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 | Apr 5 | Apr 7 |
| 7 | 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 | Apr 12 | Apr 13 |
| 8 | 1--16 | Apr 19 | Apr 21 |
| Mini-checkpoint | 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 | Apr 23 (Friday) | Apr 25 (Sunday) |
| 9 | 1--16 | Apr 27 (Tuesday) | Apr 29 (Thursday) |
### Modules in the course
| Module | Section from _Active Calculus_ | Topics | Module | Section from _Active Calculus_ | Topics |
| ------ | ----- | ----- | ------ | ----- | ----- |
| 1A | 1.1 | How to measure velocity | 7A | 3.1 | Identifying extreme values of functions |
| 1B | 1.2 | The notion of the limit | 7B | 3.1 | Identifying extreme values of functions (part 2) |
| 2A | 1.3 | The derivative of a function at a point | 8A | 3.3 | Global optimization |
| 2B | 1.4 | The derivative function | 8B | 3.3 | Global optimization (part 2) |
| 3A | 1.5 | Interpreting, estimating, and using the derivative | 9A | 3.4 | Applied optimization: Building and testing models |
| 3B | 1.6 | The second derivative and concavity | 9B | 3.4 | Applied optimization: Applying calculus to the models |
| 4A | 2.1 | Elementary derivative rules | 10A | 4.1 | Determining distance from velocity |
| 4B | 2.2 | Derivatives of the sine and cosine functions | 10B | 4.2 | Riemann sums |
| 5A | 2.3 | The product and quotient rules | 11A | 4.3 | The definite integral |
| 5B | 2.4 | Derivatives of other trigonometric functions | 11B | 4.3 + 4.4 | Finding integrals using antiderivatives |
| 6A | 2.5 | The chain rule | 12A | 4.4 | The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus |
| 6B | 2.6 | Derivatives of inverse functions | 12B | 4.4 | The Total Change Theorem |
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Initial due date: Sunday, April 9 at 11:59pm ET Overview Our final miniproject reaches back into linear algebra to look at diagonalizable matrices and their uses in solving systems of differential equations. Prerequisites: You'll need to be able to solve basic systems of differential equations and find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors for a small matrix. You'll also need a basic comfort level with concepts of linear independence and matrix arithmetic from earlier in the course. Background This entire problem comes from Section 3.9.1 in your textbook. Here is a rephrased version of the introduction to that section.

3/29/2023Initial due date: Sunday, April 9 at 11:59pm ET Overview This miniproject will teach you about the Runge-Kutta method, a standard numerical solution technique for differential equations. Prerequisites: A strong grasp of Euler's Method for single DE's is needed. You will also need to be comfortable using a spreadsheet. Miniproject 6 (Euler's Method for systems) is also recommended. Background A description of the Runge-Kutta method along with an example is given in this tutorial. Read it carefully and make sure you can work along with the example before proceeding.

3/29/2023Initial due date: Sunday, April 9 at 11:59pm ET Overview This miniproject introduces a version of Euler's Method as a numerical solution technique for systems. Prerequisites: You will need to be comfortable with using Euler's method for single differential equations. You'll also benefit from some familiarity with spreadsheets or Python in order to automate the calculations. Background This tutorial gives you the background you need for this assignment. Please read it and make sure you understand the concepts and the example: https://github.com/RobertTalbert/linalg-diffeq/blob/main/assignments/Euler's_Method_for_Systems.ipynb

3/22/2023Initial due date: Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm ET Overview Eigenvalues of a matrix are incredibly useful and important for many applications. (Some of these applications are in Miniprojects 1-3.) But computing eigenvalues of a matrix, even of relatively small size, can be difficult or impossible to do exactly. So we need numerical approximation methods for most practical uses of eigenvalues. This miniproject will teach you one such method. Prerequisites: You'll need to know what an eigenvalue and eigenvector for a matrix are, and how to find these using SymPy. You'll also need to know how to multiply matrices and vectors. Background Complete the following warmup exercises first. These don't go in your writeup. They are just here to teach you some terminology you'll need in the main assignment.

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