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Syllabus Spring 2013

Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus

MATH 2261, Calculus I, CRN: 20131

Spring Semester 2013

Brent Griffin, Instructor

Office:  Norton Hall 224, Marietta Site

Course:         MATH 2261, Calculus I, 4-0-4

CRN 20131, MW 6:30 pm – 8:20 pm

Room D-154, Marietta Site

Course Description:

This course includes a study of functions, limits, derivatives, continuity, the Chain Rule, implicit differentiation, related rates, differentials, local extreme, graphing techniques, monotonicity, concavity, max-min applications, infinite limits, the Mean Value Theorem, antiderivatives, differential equations, sigma notation, the definite integral, and areas in the plane.

Prerequisites: MATH 1113 with a grade of C or better

Instructor:    Brent Griffin

Office:          Norton Hall 224, Marietta Instructional Site

Office Hours: 

Please note that additional office hours are available by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor to discuss class policies or course material. 

Campus Day Time
Marietta Site MW


1:00pm – 2:00pm3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Marietta Site TR 12:00 pm – 1:00pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

 Contact Information: 

Direct Number to Mr. Griffin’s Office (Norton Hall 224, Marietta Site) 678.872.8524
Marietta Site 678.872.8501
Mathematics Division, Cartersville Campus 678.872.8070
E-mail Address
Web Site Address

Textbook:      Calculus, Early Transcendentals (Single Variable), Briggs & Cochran, 2011

Also Required:  TI-83 graphing calculator or equivalent

Calculator Requirement:   

Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-83 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator.   Students will use their calculator while participating in class, taking exams, and completing homework exercises.

Please note that sharing calculators during graded assignments or exams is not permitted.  Additionally, the instructor will not loan calculators to students during in-class, graded assignments.

Course Content:

Selected sections from chapters 1-5.  (Please refer to the Homework Assignment List for more specific information regarding course content.)

Grading Policies:

Four exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given during the semester. Each exam will count 100 points, while the comprehensive final exam will count 200 points.  In addition, students are required to complete three take-home projects, typically technology-related, for an additional 100 points.

Students’ averages for the semester will be based on a total of 700 points (400 points from the exams, 200 points from the final exam, and 100 points from the take-home projects). The usual grading scale (90%—100% is an A, 80%—90% is a B, etc.) will apply.

Students who stop attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F in the class.

Students are strongly encouraged to use technology, including graphing calculators and Internet resources, throughout this course.  Students must check their Georgia Highlands College email on a regular basis.  Course information, take-home assignments, and review sheets for exams will be distributed using email and other online resources.

Additionally, students are encouraged to retain copies of all graded coursework returned during the semester.  This information will aid students in preparing for the final exam and will serve as evidence of academic performance throughout the semester.

The instructor retains the prerogative of altering the above plans as circumstances dictate.

Academic Policies:

If a student stops attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class.

The last day for officially withdrawing from any class without grade penalty is published by the college Registrar’s office. Withdrawals after the published withdrawal date are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.

The last day to withdraw from a full session course Spring Semester 2013 is Monday, March 18, 2013.

Early Warning Program:

Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students’ progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar’s Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance

Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit

Week 8: Mid-term Grades

Posting Grades to Academic History/Requesting Early Grades:

GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow our students to have flexible schedules.  However, there are only three Semesters each year; Spring, Summer and Fall.  It is only at the end of each Semester that grades are rolled to academic history and available on the official transcript.  After each part-of-term, as soon as Instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online by logging into the SCORE (  Transcripts may also be request at any time by logging into the SCORE.  Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution they may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing (  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at if you need any assistance.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes.


Area A2: The students will interpret and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, and symbolic representations.

Area D: The students will use appropriate models and quantitative methods to analyze data, explore relationships among variables, and find missing information.

Related Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.
  • Students will be able to graph an abstract function.
  • Students will be able to graph a real-life function.
  • Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.
  • Students will be able to graph relationships other than functions.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding.
  • Students will be able to interpret a real-life function.

Class Attendance & Make-up Exams:

Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session. Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class session.

Students absent for an exam will not be allowed to take the exam at a different time unless they contact the instructor BEFORE the exam.  Students must make arrangements for making up the work PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAM DATE.  Students will be allowed to make up the work only under extreme circumstances, and no make-up exams will be administered if students do not contact the instructor IN ADVANCE of the originally scheduled exam date. 

At the end of the semester all students have the option of replacing their lowest exam grade (including any missed exams) with their percentage average on the comprehensive final exam. At most one exam grade will be replaced.  If a student misses an exam without making arrangements with the instructor in advance, that exam grade will be replaced by the final exam average. Students will receive a grade of zero for additional missed exams (i.e., for exams missed beyond the first one without making arrangements with the instructor in advance). The take-home project grades will not be replaced under any circumstances.  Therefore, any uncompleted take-home projects will count as a zero in the calculation of students’ averages.

Take-home projects submitted after the due date will be accepted, if the key to the project has not been posted online or otherwise distributed to the class.  After the key to a project is posted, projects will no longer be accepted for a grade.

The final student grade for the any late project will be reduced by 20% of the total number of points available for the project for each class session the project is late.  For example the final grade for a project worth 50 points turned in two class sessions late would be reduced by 20 points (20% of 50 multiplied by 2). 

Time Limits on Exams:

Students are expected to complete the in-class exams in a timely fashion.  It is imperative that students prepare adequately in advance of the exams in order to work quickly and efficiently during the tests.  Students will have 1 hour 50 minutes to complete the in-class exams and the final exam.  After this time has elapsed the instructor will inform students that time has expired for the exam and allow an additional five minutes for students to finish their work and turn in their papers.  Exams not turned in by the end of the five minute time-frame will not be accepted by the instructor, resulting in a grade of zero being issued for the exam.

Students will not be allowed extra time to complete exams or other in-class graded assignments without documentation regarding a disability from the college’s Disability Support office (Student Support Services).  For more information regarding the Disabilities Support, please see the paragraph later in this document.

Academic Dishonesty:

Cheating will not be tolerated in this class.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  The allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college’s Academic Integrity Policy.  The policy can be accessed on-line at

Moreover, policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the Student Handbook at

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:

If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-872-8505; Paulding 678-946-1029.

Special Note to Students Receiving Financial Aid:


This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

Extended Absence Policy:

Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Academic Dean is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.

Cell Phone & Audio/Video Recording Policies:

Cell phones must be turned off, placed in vibrate mode, or silenced and stored throughout class and during exams.  If you wish to use your phone during class for an academic purpose, prior permission from the instructor is required.  Otherwise, If you need to use your phone during class (for talking, texting, or browsing the web), please leave the classroom.  You may return after the completion of your conversation, as long as classroom disruptions are kept to a minimum.

Use of cameras, including cell phone cameras and other video and audio recording devices, during class is prohibited without prior permission from the instructor.

Inclement Weather Policy and Emergency Closings:


Weather-related and other emergency closing information will be posted at  Students may also sign up for an online or text messaging emergency alert system by following the instructions found here:

Announcements will be placed as a scrolling message on the Georgia Highlands College Homepage and recorded on campus answering machines unless power outages eliminate those options.  Class cancellations on the Rome, Cartersville and Marietta campuses due to bad weather will be made by the administration and announced on local radio stations and on WXIA-TV, Ch. 11 in Atlanta.  Georgia Highlands College at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) will close when SPSU closes. The President may cancel classes at other times as well, if necessary.  If so, announcements will be made on local radio stations and on WXIA-TV, Ch. 11.

Children on Campus Policy:

Children of currently enrolled students are allowed on campus only with the direct supervision of that parent. Children will not be allowed to roam the campus or be left unattended by their parent at any time nor at any location. Children may be present in an academic class or lab only with the advanced permission of the instructor. The attending parent will assume responsibility for the behavior of the child. Children are to follow the same conduct rules of reasonable behavior that apply to regular Georgia Highlands students. See page 31:

No Weapons Policy:

Georgia Highlands College prohibits all persons who enter the college property from carrying a handgun, firearm, or prohibited weapon of any kind onto the property regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not. The only exceptions to this policy are police officers, or other law enforcement persons who are on duty, in uniform and or performing in an official capacity. Additionally, this policy also prohibits weapons at any College sponsored functions such as parties or picnics. Prohibited weapons include any form of weapon or explosive restricted under local, state, or federal regulation. This includes all firearms, illegal knives, or other weapons covered by the law. (Legal, chemical-dispensing devices such as pepper sprays that are sold commercially for personal protection are not covered by this policy.) You are responsible for making sure that any potentially covered item you possess is not prohibited by this policy. If you have a question about whether an item is covered by this policy, or if you become aware of anyone violating this policy, please report it to Security or Human Resources immediately.

In Conclusion:

As your instructor, it is my responsibility to organize and teach this course to the best of my ability.  Please ask questions about the course material both in class and outside of class.

As a student, it is your responsibility to prepare for and attend class, complete homework assignments and take-home projects in a timely fashion, study for exams, ask questions in class, and seek tutorial assistance outside of class as necessary. It is also your responsibility to display respect for your classmates by maintaining a professional, non-disruptive attitude during class.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to communicate with me by email, phone or in-person.