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Course Description

The learning goals in this class are:

  • to realize the power of Calculus as a tool for understanding the world around them
  • to master the computational procedures and concepts of Calculus using the rule of 4: (four methods) graphical, numerical, symbolic and verbal
  • continue working to fulfill the first three academic expectations
  • continue working to fulfill the first two civic/social expectations (please refer to the THS Mission statement and Expectations for Student Learning)

 At the conclusion of this course, you should know:

  • how to apply the derivative as a limit, a slope, and a rate of change
  • how to apply the integral as an area and a tool for solving differential equations
  • the importance and limitations of numerical methods in mathematics using the calculator and the computer

 …… and be able to:

  • use Calculus to analyze and solve problems from a variety of fields including economics, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering
  • use the computer and graphing calculator to explore concepts and solve related problems
  • work both cooperatively and independently on projects and open-ended problems
  • solve all types of practical problems

These resources will be used to facilitate your achievement of the above goals:

  • Book: Single Variable Calculus 2nd Ed by Smith and Minton
  • Internet (homework and links can be found at
  • WeBWork
  • Khan Academy
  • Computer Presentations

Assessment methods will include:

  • Tests: These assessments are given at the end of each unit of study.
  • Quizzes: These are more frequent and smaller assessments.
  • Projects: One or two projects will be assigned each quarter.  These are usually in-depth, practical applications of recently introduced skills.
  • Homework: Most assignments will be completed using an online homework system called WeBWork (links to this system are on Mr. Grenfell's webpage). If a student does not have access to the internet, he or she can request hard copies of the assignments. Each assignment stays open for multiple days. Questions can be emailed to Mr. Grenfell using the WeBWork system, but these questions may not get answered until the next school day. Because of this, starting an assignment the night before it is due will eliminate extra help opportunities.
  • Midterm and Final Exam

The grades for each quarter will be computed as follows:

  • Tests:                   40%
  • Quizzes:               30%
  • Projects:              20%
  • Homework:         10%

The final grades will be computed as follows:

  • First Quarter:        20%
  • Second Quarter:    20%
  • Midterm Exam:     10%
  • Third Quarter:       20%
  • Fourth Quarter:     20%
  • Final Exam:             10%

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.