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Calculus & Applications

MATH 121 Section 002

Fall 2013, Lecture

John Boxmeyer

Office Hours and Contact Information

My MTLC Floor Hours are on Mondays (9-10AM), Tuesdays (1-4PM), and Fridays (1-4:445PM)

You can reach me by email at put BOXMEYER in the subject box.


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

No prerequisites or none listed.

C- or higher in MATH112 or placement.

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


Core Designations:

This course is intended to give a broad overview of Calculus and is taken primarily by students majoring in Commerce and Business Administration.  This course does not provide sufficient background for students who will need higher levels of Calculus. Note:  This course does not satisfy the requirement for Math 125 or 126.  Evaluation will be based on online homework, quizzes, four tests, and a comprehensive final.

  • The course presents the essential characteristics and basic processes of inquiry and analysis in the discipline.
  • The course encourages the development of critical thinking skills and requires students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge.
  • The course considers its subjects in relation to other disciplines and to the human condition.
  • The course is not limited to majors in any discipline.
  • The course does not focus on professional skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to 

  • Differentiate and integrate algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and multivariable functions.
  • Analyze graphs to determine where the graphs are increasing, decreasing, continuous, and determine the limits of functions.
  • Classify values as the minimum or maximum values of functions.
  • Calculate the area between two curves.
  • Apply the methods taught in this course to real-life business applications.

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Outline of Topics

All Assignments (both Homework and Quiz) are due by 8:00AM on the given date.

Test 1 Material: Test 1 is on Wednesday 9/18




Completion Deadline








Thur. 8/29



Syllabus Quiz

Thur. 8/29




Tue. 9/3



Rates of Change

Thur. 9/5


Definition of Derivative



Techniques for Finding Derivatives

Tue. 9/10



Derivatives of Products and Quotients

Thur. 9/12



The Chain Rule

Tue. 9/17



Test 1 Review & Questions



Test 2 Material: Test 2 is on  Wednesday 10/9




Completion Deadline



Derivatives of Exponential Functions

Tue. 9/24


Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions



Increasing and Decreasing Functions

Thur. 9/26



Relative Extrema

Tue. 10/1



Higher Derivatives; Concavity, & the 2nd Derivative Test

Thur. 10/3




Absolute Extrema

Applications of Extrema

Tue. 10/8



Test 2 Review & Questions



Test 3 Material: Test 3 is on Mon.-Wed. 10/28 - 10/30




Completion Deadline



Implicit Differentiation

Tue. 10/15



Differentials: Linear Approximation

Thur. 10/17




Tue. 10/22




Thur. 10/24



Area and the Definite Integral

**Sun. 10/27**



Test 3 Review & Questions (if you have not already taken the test)



Test 4 Material: Test 4 is on Wednesday 11/20




Completion Deadline



The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Thur. 11/7



The Area Between Two Curves

Tue. 11/12




Functions of Several Variables

Partial Derivatives

Thur. 11/14



Maxima and Minima

Tue. 11/19



Test 4 Review & Questions








Review for Final Exam





Completion Deadline



Lagrange Multipliers

Tue. 11/26

12/3 & 12/5


Review for Final Exam




Final Exam during the week of December 8-13


Exams and Assignments

TEST DEADLINES:                                                                                           REGISTRATION WEEK:

Test 1: Wednesday September 18                                                             8am Monday 8/26 - 5pm Friday 9/13

Test 2: Wednesday October 9                                                                     8am Monday 9/23 - 5pm Friday 10/4

Test 3: Mon.-Wed. October 28-30                                                              8am Monday 10/14 - 5pm Friday 10/25

Test 4: Wednesday November 20                                                               8am Monday 11/4 - 5pm Friday 11/15

Final Exam Week: Sunday - Friday December 8-13                            8am Monday 11/25 - 5pm Friday 12/6

Test times available: Times to be announced in class and through email.

Final Exam times available: 8 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7 pm (all times may not be available each day)

Please read Test Rules of this syllabus for detailed information.

Grading Policy

The course grading is under the "A, B, C, D, or F" policy, +/- grades will be given. The final grade will be based on the following breakdown of graded work:

4 Tests      40% (10% on each)                                      COURSE GRADE SCALE

Final Exam 30%                                                A+ 98 -100%, A 92 – 97.9%, A- 90 – 91.9%

Quizzes     10 %                                                 B+ 88 – 89.9%, B 82 – 87.9%, B- 80 – 81.9%

Homework    9%                                               C+ 78 – 79.9%, C 72 – 77.9%, C- 70 – 71.9%

Class Att.     1%                                                 D+ 67 – 69.9%, D 62 – 669, D- 60 - 61.9%

Study Plan   10%                                              F <59.9%

Total         100%

Students must earn a minimum of 70% (C-) to successfully pass this course.

Policy on Missed Exams & Coursework

If homework or quizzes are missed due to any circumstance, the zero scores will be part of your three dropped homework’s or quizzes at the end of the semester. Students who miss work due to official University business must make other arrangements beforehand.  Students who miss a test and have an excuse must make up the missed test on the Thursday or Friday following test week upon approval of a petition request form with supporting documents attached.  All such petitions must be filed by 10pm on the Monday after test week and can be done online by going to and selecting the petition tab.


Attendance Policy

Attendance for this course is mandatory.  You are expected to attend all of your scheduled classes. Class meets each Tuesday and Thursday unless noted. You are expected to attend class in its entirety and participate in the classroom lectures and discussion.  The use of personal laptop computers and texting during class time is prohibited.  The MTLC in B1 Tutwiler is available for you to do homework and quizzes and get free tutoring.

Other Course Materials

STUDY PLAN:  The study plan is due by the end of the semester.  It consists of topics that were not mastered on quizzes during the semester.  Please use it as a way to study for each test and your final exam. The study plan is worth just as much as one test grade (10%), so make sure to take it seriously.

REPLACEMENT POLICY: All students will be allowed to replace the lowest test grade with the grade made on the final exam. However, zeros due to an unexcused absence or academic misconduct will not be replaced.

WORKING FROM HOME:  The Math 121 course work can be done on your personal computer. Internet access is required in order to reach the website where the notes, homework, and exercises are found.  To be able to access the MyLabsPlus software you will log into MyBama and then go to your Blackboard Learn courses where you should see Math 121.  If an assignment does not open correctly at home, the student will NOT be able to make up this work after the expiration date.  No extension will be given to students because of issues with a home computer.  To be safe, work well ahead of the deadlines at home, so that if there is any problem you will be able to go to the MTLC and complete the assignment before the deadline.  Tests must be taken in the MTLC. The software does NOT work with Safari and another Internet browser will be needed.  Also, if there is a timeout error when working in the software, the cookie browser/internet history will need to be deleted or try another browser.

Severe Weather Guidelines

The guiding principle at The University of Alabama is to promote the personal safety of our students, faculty and staff during severe weather events. It is impossible to develop policies which anticipate every weather-related emergency. These guidelines are intended to provide additional assistance for responding to severe weather on campus.

UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.

When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take.

The Office of University Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:

  • Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
  • Weather advisory sent out through UA Alerts to faculty, staff and students
  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
  • Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM
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In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all university activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) and remain there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor. Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warning has expired provided at least half of the class period remains.

Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call (205) 348-4285 (Voice) or (205) 348-3081 (TTY) or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

All students in attendance at The University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University of Alabama expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. At the beginning of each semester and on examinations and projects, the professor, department, or division may require that each student sign the following Academic Honor Pledge: “I promise or affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I have read the Academic Honor Code, which explains disciplinary procedure resulting from the aforementioned. I understand that violation of this code will result in penalties as severe as indefinite suspension from the University.”

See the Code of Student Conduct for more information.

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