Reading Assignments for Calculus 1
Spring 2005, Math 101

March 2005

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(Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2005, 10:43 AM )

I'll use Maple syntax for some of the mathematical notation on this page. (Paying attention to how I type various expressions is a good way to absorb Maple notation). I will not use it when I think it will make the questions too difficult to read.
All section and page numbers refer to sections from Calculus from Graphical, Numerical, and Symbolic Points of View, Volume 1, 2nd Edition, by Ostebee and Zorn.

Due Wednesday 3/2 at 9am

Section 2.6 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Modelling Growth

To read: All. Be sure to understand Theorem 12 and the section "Proof by picture" that follows.

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/2

1. What is the 47th derivative of f(x)=exp(x)?
exp(x) is Maple notation for the function ex.
2. Do exponential functions model population growth well? Explain.

Reminders:

Class on Wednesday is in SC 243
• Bring questions on PS 5.
• Office hours and other outside help are just part of Calculus -- make the time to come see me and/or see the tutors in the CLC.
• Just a mid-semester reminder, in case you've lost track: The point of these reading assignments is to give you credit for work you're doing anyway -- reading and beginning to learn the material. As I mentioned at the beginning of the semester, I do not expect you to have completed learning the section by the time you answer these questions! Sometimes you'll be able to answer them correctly, and sometimes you won't -- either way is fine, as long as you make an effort.

Due Friday 3/4 at 9am

Section 2.6 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

To read: Re-read this section, focusing on the derivatives of ex and ln(x), and examples involving them. Also focus this time on the section on Modeling Growth.

No Reading Questions Today

Reminder:

• Begin PS 6.

Due Monday 3/7 at 9am

Section 2.7 Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions: Modeling Oscillation

To read: All. Give a real try at understanding the section "Differentiating the sine: an analytic proof".

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/7

1. What is limit( (cos(h)-1)/h, h=0)?
2. What is limit( sin(h)/h, h=0)?
3. Why do we care about the limits in the first two questions?
4. Differentiate sin(2x).
5. Is y=sin(2x) a solution to the DE y''=4y?
Reminder:
• Put plenty of time and thought into re-writing your projects. Feel free to bring your original rough drafts, or newer drafts, by for a consultation.

Due Wednesday 3/9 at 9am

Section 3.1 Algebraic Combinations: The Product and Quotient Rules

To read: All. Be sure to understand Examples 3, 4, and 5.

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/9

Explain what is wrong with the following calculations and fix them.

1. f(x)=x^2*sin(x). f ' (x)=2*x*cos(x).
2. g(x)=sin(x)/(x^2+1). g ' (x) = cos(x)/(2*x).

Reminder:

Class on Wednesday is in SC 243
• Please make use of my office hours for not only issues with understanding material or questions on homework, but also for suggestions on improving your project.
• Bring questions on PS 6.

Due Friday 3/11 at 9am

Section 3.2 Composition and the Chain Rule

To read: Through Example 12. We'll consider evidence for why the Chain Rule is true during class.

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/11

Explain what is wrong with the following calculations and fix them.

1. f(x)=sin(x^2). f ' (x) = cos(x^2)+sin(2*x)
2. g(x)=exp(3*x). g ' (x)=exp(3*x).
3. h(x)=(sin(x))^3. h ' (x)= 3*(cos(x))^2.

Reminders:

• Begin PS 7.
• The final draft of Project 1 is due by 4pm Friday.

Monday 3/14- Friday 3/18

Spring Break!

Due Monday 3/21 at 9am

More On Differentiation

To read: Review Chapter 2, and make sure it all makes sense now.

No Reading Questions Today

Due Wednesday 3/23 at 9am

The Big Picture On Differentiation

To read: Practice as many differentiation problems as you can. Make some up, even!

No Reading Questions Today

Reminder:

Class on Wednesday is in SC 243
• Please continue taking advantage of office hours and the CLC!
• Bring questions on PS 7 to class.
• The Differentiation Exam will be given in lab Thursday.

Due Friday 3/25 at 9am

Section 4.3 Optimization

To read: All. Don't worry about the fact that we skipped the section on implicit differentiation. We can do any and all optimization problems without it. (If we have time at the end of the semester, we'll go back to the section on implicit differentiation.) Read Examples 2, 3, and 6 carefully. In example 4, the text says "we could use the constraint x+y=10 to solve for y and then rewrite P as a function of x alone." -- try to figure out what they're talking about, as that's the way we'll approach such problems.

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/25

1. At which x-values can a continuous function f(x) achieve its maximum or minimum value on a closed interval [a,b]?
2. What is the difference between an objective function and a constraint equation?
Reminder:
• Begin PS 8.
• If you didn't succeed at the differentiation exam the first time around, come by my office as soon as possible to give it another shot. Don't put it off until you feel confident -- part of the point of these exams is to give you however much experience you need to master differentiation!

Due Monday 3/28 at 9am

Section 4.3 Optimization

To read: Re-read the section carefully. Really work through the examples with pencil and paper and make sense of them.

No Reading Questions for Today

Reminder:

• If you haven't yet succeeded at the differentiation exam, keep on coming trying.
• Bring remaining questions on PS 8 to class Wednesday.

Due Wednesday 3/30 at 9am

Section 4.7 Building Polynomials to order: Taylor Polynomials

To read: All. (Yes, we skipped sections again. Chapter 4 is selected applications -- I'm picking and choosing among them. If we have time at the end of the semester, we'll go back to Sections 4.5 and 4.6.)Be sure to understand Examples 5 and 8.

E-mail Subject Line: Math 101 Name 3/30

1. Why would you want to find the Taylor polynomial of a function?
2. In your own words, briefly explain the idea of building the Taylor polynomial for a function f(x).

Reminder:

Class on Wednesday is in SC 243
• Keep on taking advantage of the CLC and of my office hours!
• Bring remaining questions on PS 8 to class Wednesday.

Here ends the reading for March
Go to the reading assignments for April!
Janice Sklensky
Wheaton College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
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Norton, Massachusetts 02766-0930
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