Math 1120 Information

Instructor: Harold B. Reiter
Office: Fretwell, 345A
Office Hours: See homepage.
Phone: office 704-687-1731; home 704-364-5699
Email:; fax: 704-687-6415
Text: CALCULUS for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth or Tenth Edition by S. T. Tan. 


There will be three tests, each contributing about one sixth of the final grade. Problem sets together will count about one sixth. You should do these sets by yourself. On the other hand, you are encouraged to find study partners for doing the practice problems from the text (if you have it) and webwork. Problem sets will be collected. Homework from the text will not be collected. If you do not do these problem sets on your own, you must identify your partners. Please fold your papers over from left to right and write your name on the front page at the top and staple the pages together in the top left corner so that they do not separate while being scored.  The tests are cumulative. That is, each test will include some questions on material covered in previous tests. The final exam, also cumulative, will account for *at least* one third of the final grade. The policy is that the final exam may count for a larger percentage of the grade if it is helpful to the student. The problem set grade is determined by dividing the total by 4. Since there are roughly 14 x 30=420 points available, this procedure has the effect of normalizing the problem set score at 100. Grades will be determined as follows: A, 85%; B, 70% to 85%; C, 55% to 70%; D, 40% to 55%. A total of approximately 600 points are available in the course:100 X 3 (in class tests) + 100 homework and Webwork + 200 (for the final exam)=600. This figure is not exact but if the 600 figure is correct, the grades will be distributed as follows: 510+, A; 420+, B; 330+, C; 240+, D; less than 240, F. The assignment page may help you to practice the exercises that I felt were important when the text was required. Save your graded problem sets in case the online grade numbers are not correct. Cell phones must be turned off during class time. Any use of cell phones during a test will be regarded as cheating, and such cases will be pursued in student court. 


Makeup Tests

All Makeup tests will be ORAL. In other words, you will schedule an hour during which I will ask you to work problems at my marking board in my office. Students who are allowed to make up a missed test should acquire a copy of the questions and solutions from the website. Tests will be made up only under the following circumstances:
1, the student has called the instructor at 704-687-1731 before the test to indicate the need to miss the test or sends e-mail to dated before the test and
2, the student provides a valid excuse for missing the test. Problem sets cannot be made up after the fact. Students who anticipate missing a class may request to take a test in advance of the class they have to miss. Late problem sets will not be collected.


Homework will be collected regularly, and may be done either individually or in a group. Group work is encouraged. Remember the requirement to list your homework partners each time you work with others.  Homework assignments are called Sets, and there is roughly one per week. These sets are graded and together make up roughly one sixth of your grade in the course.

Practice problems appear on a separate sheet that may be found assign.htm  All problems are taken from the text or provided in pdf format at assign.htm. You should work all the problems assigned each week and not wait until the day before the test. On the first attempt, you should expect to find that some of the problems require thinking and practice, i.e., they require time to do properly.  Some practice assignments are coded mathematically. For example, the expression 4n+1, n=0,…,10 represents the 11-problem homework assignment 1,5,9,14, etc. obtained by evaluating 4n+1 at 0, 1, 2, etc. respectively. The assignments are listed by textbook section number. Problems from the text will not be collected. Only Problem Sets will be collected. 

Late Problem Sets assignments will be accepted for full credit any time before the papers are turned over to the grader. 

Webwork problems and Problem Sets will together comprise your homework score. 


I do not expect to use quizzes in the course. Please skip the next paragraph.


In some semesters in the past, I have given short quizzes, about 10 in all, will be given during the last 15-20 minutes on certain days without prior warning. Expect at least one quiz most weeks. The quiz grade will be counted about 15% of the final grade for the course. Material covered or assigned through the end of the previous lecture will be emphasized on the quizzes so you are encouraged to keep up to date. Missed quizzes will not be made up after the quiz has been missed. If a valid excuse is provided, the student's average quiz score will be used to replaced the missed quiz.

Other Requirements

Students who score below 30 on the first test are required to have a 20-30 minute interview during the two weeks immediately following that test. A sign-up sheet will be posted at my door, Fretwell 345A. The point of this interview is for us to determine whether continuing in the course this semester is right for you. 

Academic Integrity

Students have the responsibility to know and observe the requirements of The UNCC Code of Student Academic Integrity (Catalog p. 24). This code forbids cheating, fabrication or falsification of information, multiple submission of academic work, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. Any special requirements or permission regarding academic integrity in this course will be stated by the instructor and are binding on the students. Academic evaluations in this course include a judgment that the student's work is free from academic dishonesty of any type; and grades in this course therefore should be and will be adversely affected by academic dishonesty. Students who violate the code can be expelled from UNCC. The normal penalty for a first offense is zero credit on the work involving dishonesty and further substantial reduction of the course grade. In almost all cases the course grade is reduced to F. Copies of the code can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office. Standards of academic integrity will be enforced in this course. Students are expected to report cases of academic dishonesty to the course instructor. See UNCC Code of Student Academic Integrity
Cell phones must be turned off during class time.

Making progress in the course.

You are expected to make academic progress of two types in this course. First, you are expected to develop certain skills: factoring, solving equations, expanding and simplifying expressions, and differentiating and anti-differentiating functions. You are also expected to develop an understanding of the concepts and ideas of algebra and calculus, and to gain the confidence and mathematical maturity to use these concepts in new settings. Another way to put this is that I expect you to develop a tolerance for confusion. You can not expect to pass the course without making significant progress here. It is also quite possible that some test problems will seem new to some students. Tests in the course are cumulative. That is to say, each test covers all the material encountered since the course began. The reason for this is that each topic after the first test is built on material discussed earlier.

Getting help in the course

Tutorial services offers regular one-on-one and group tutorials for this course. Ask about this in the University Learning Center, third floor of Fretwell. Video tapes covering each aspect of this course are available for your viewing in both the University Learning Center, 3rd floor of Fretwell, and at the audio-visual checkout area of the library. There are two series of tapes, one from the publisher and one made for this course by the UNCC math department. You can get a good idea of what is expected to be discussed in class by following along on the Summary of Lectures. These are summaries of lectures given in an earlier version of this course. Walkin tutoring is often available in Fretwell 315. Check the door to see the hours of operation.

Understanding the lectures

You should plan to read about each topic in the text before hearing a lecture on it. If you find this impossible, not all is lost, because... the lectures in our section are designed to help you to READ the text. They are not intended to enable you to avoid reading the text.

Goals for the course

A. To win you over to the intellectual enterprise. That is, I hope to help you develop the confidence and maturity to take the intellectual approach to solving problems you encounter. In other words, you can solve many problems by thinking and learning, and you can change your environment for the better if you embrace this method.

B. To help you develop the algebraic, calculator, and calculus skills and understanding of the real numbers in order to see the concepts of calculus in settings other than those studied in the course.

C. To help you see mathematical problem solving as an enjoyable and worthwhile activity. To help you build a 'tolerance for confusion'. 

[Math 1120 Index]
[Harold Reiter's Home Page]
[Math Department Home Page]