Math 131 Calculus I

Spring 2018, The Citadel




Syllabus  Schedule  Exams   Gateway


Sybil Nelson

Thompson Hall 311

Office Hours: Tues. 10am-1pm, Wed. 3-5pm,  or by appointment.


Office Phone: 843-953-6983



Calculus, Early Transcendentals by James Stewart



      TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89 


Class Schedule

Section 03 - Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday- Friday, 1-1:50 p.m.

Student Expectations

• Cell phones must be kept in book bags and on silent during class.

• Attend every class and be an active participant (i.e. not asleep)

• Read the textbook and take good notes in class. (These notes will be graded)

• Keep a neat and well-organized 3-ring binder, with sections for each of the following: class notes and handouts, homework, quizzes and exams.

• Study your class notes and the text before beginning your homework.

• Do all the assigned homework problems after each class.

• Come to the following class with any questions from your reading or homework.

• See the professor (or Math Lab) as soon as you do not understand a concept for extra help.


You may by surprised at how much time and effort it takes to be successful in a college Calculus course. I estimate that you will need to read, study and work problems for at least 2 hours per night. You must attempt and subsequently master all homework in order to be successful in this course. Homework will be assigned daily and will be due before the next class. Homework will be completed using WebAssign or on paper.  To register for WebAssign, visit and use the following key:





Class Key

Sybil Prince Nelson

Math 131 Section 03

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Quizzes: Quizzes will be given regularly throughout the semester and will cover topics learned the previous day.  In class assignments will also be given and can be graded. You will always need to have blank loose leaf paper for classwork and quizzes.




If you are unable to attend a test because of an emergency, you must notify the instructor to make arrangements to take the test.  You have 7 days to make up a test or you will receive a grade of zero for that test. 


Gateway Exam

The Gateway Exam is a mandatory test on derivatives and will count for 10% of your final grade. You must pass the Gateway Exam with 6 out of 7 correct. You can take this exam as many times as necessary until you pass. My advice is to take it early and often.


Participation and Notes

You are expected to take two types of notes: Text notes and class notes. Text notes should be taken for the lesson to be studied in the next class. For example, if Wednesday we are covering section 2.1, Tuesday night you should take notes on section 2.1. Then Wednesday during class, you should take class notes on my section 2.1 lecture. You will, therefore, have two sets of notes for each section we are studying. Keep a neat and well-organized 3-ring binder, with sections for each of the following: text and class notes and handouts, homework, quizzes and exams.

Final Exam

There will be a cumulative final exam given at the end of the course.   Failure to take the final exam will result in failure of the course.  Final exam schedules for Spring 2018 are posted on the Registrar’s web page.



·         Tests: 40%

·         Gateway exam 10%

·         Quizzes and homework: 25%

·         Final Exam: 25%


Grading Scale













Grading Policies

1.       Homework will be assigned every class period and will be due the following class.

2.       Late homework will not be accepted except in extreme circumstances.

3.       Sharing calculators during graded assignments is not permitted.

4.       A total of nine absences will result in a course grade of F. In addition, if you are late by 15 minutes or more, you will be considered absent.

5.       Incomplete grades are given only in unusual circumstances. Consult the college catalog for policy on incomplete work.

6.       Make-ups: You will only be eligible for a make-up test or quiz if you have an excused absence. The make-up work should be done within 24 hours of the actual test or quiz. E-mail me at if you will miss a test and schedule your make-up for the next day. Guard duty is not an acceptable excuse for missing a test/quiz.


Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodations because of a disability, I must have your accommodation letter at least 24 hours before the intended test. Please see Dr. Jane Warner in Thompson 103 to request accommodations 


Math Lab

Math tutoring is offered for FREE during the following hours:

            Monday – Thursday: 1pm-4pm (Thompson 107)

            Sunday-Thursday: 7pm-10pm (Thompson 203)