MATH 136-011                                                                                                               Fall 2012     

Honors Calculus I


8:00 – 8:55 MTWRF                        COHH 3119                             4 credit hours


Instructor:  Dr. Tom Richmond                 COHH 3106                   745-6219



Office Hours:             MWF 11:30 – 12:30;    TR 9:00 – 10:00 and by appointment


Teaching Assistant: Sutthirut Charoenphon,

                                    COHH 2127  745-4058  Office Hours:   MW 9:10-10:05


Purpose of Course:  Mathematics is at the foundation of science, and calculus is at the foundation of mathematics. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental ideas of both the differential and integral calculus.


Prerequisite:  1) MATH 117 or 118 with a grade of C or better, OR   2)  4 yrs of HS math including Algebra II, geometry, and trigonometry, a Math Placement Trigonometry Exam score of at least 10, and either a Math ACT score ≥ 27 or a Math ACT ≥ 22 and Math Placement Exam algebra score of ≥ 20.  For the honors section: honors eligibility or 3.2 overall university GPA.


Attendance Policy:  Registration in a course obligates the student to be regular and punctual in class attendance.  Four or more unexcused absences from class may result in an "F" as final course grade.  A student absent from class bears full responsibility for subject matter and announcements missed.


Testing and Grading:  Students are responsible for material presented in class and the material in the text.  There will be four one-hour in-class tests, each worth 100 points.  The comprehensive final exam, to be given at 8:00 Friday, Dec. 14, is worth 150 points.  There may be up to 150 points of daily grades, consisting of homework, quizzes, or honors projects or problems.  Up to 80 points of the homework will be assigned and graded using WebAssign.  Grading will follow the 10-point scale.


Text: Calculus of a Single Variable Early Transcendental Functions, 5th Edition. Larson, Edwards.   Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning © 2011

Course Outline:  We will cover Sections 1.1—5 .7, 6.1—6.3, and (optional) 7.1 of the text.


WebAssign Access:  At, enter the Class Key:  wku 0046 6888


Some assignments will require the use of graphing or computing technology.   You will be encouraged to use graphing calculators as an aid to (but not a substitute for) learning.   As with all WKU classes, student work may be checked using plagiarism detection software.


Continuing Students:  A grade of C or better in Math 136 is required for admission to Math 137.

Last Date to Withdraw/Audit:  October 17.  


This course meets the General Education mathematics requirement in Category D-2, with the goal of providing students with the ability to understand and apply mathematical skills and concepts.  After completing Math 136, students will be able to:  use fundamental mathematical reasoning principles; use graphical, symbolic, and numerical methods to solve practical problems; and interpret information presented in tables or graphical displays.”


“In compliance with university policy, students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Office for Student Disability Services in DUC A-200 of the Student Success Center in Downing University Center.  Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from the Office for Student Disability Services.”