MAT 136, Professor Swift

MAT 136, Calculus I

Prof. Swift, Fall 2018

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Course information

My office is AMB 110. My office hours are M 4-5, Tu 10:30-11:30, W 4-5, Th 10-11, 2-3. Here is my weekly schedule. You can always send me e-mail, drop in, or make an appointment if these times aren't convenient.

The textbook is Calculus, Early Transcendentals 3E by Rogawski and Adams. There many available resources on the internet, for example the on-line interactive text, by Paul Dawkins of Lamar University, and the Khan Academy. There are videos and other resources at the MOOCulus site,

Here is a link to NAU policy statements, and the math department policies that are technically part of the syllabus.

An excellent web-based calculator is

Most homework is assigned and graded using WeBWorK. Your username and password is the same as for LOUIE. (A typical username is abc123.) Use any WeBWorK link at this web site, or type in

This link has detailed information on WeBWorK (in pdf format). Your username and password are the same as for Louie.

Chart of letters of the Greek alphabet.

Aside from my office hours, we have lots of free help available. Our Peer TA is Tess Siemens. Her office hours are Thursdays, 12:30-2:00 in AMB 223 (the usual classroom). Here email address is

The resource room, downstairs in AMB 137, has help available M-Th 10-6 and F 10-3 (This MAP room opens Wednesday, August 29). There is also drop in tutoring and one-to-one tutoring available at the North and South Academic Success Centers.

Figures and Help in reverse Chronological Order

Wednesday, November 28: Office hour moved to 12:30-1:30 today.

Monday, November 26: Here is the Big Picture of calculus, showing the FToC. Here is the Big Picture with different notation.

Wednesday, November 21: Here is the a Geogebra Applet on the Riemann Sum that we will look at before proving the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus part 1.

Monday, November 19: This meme shows a common error. What is it? What is the corresponding common error for integrals?

Monday, November 5: Here is the handout on Newton's Method from class. As a totally tangential aside, here's a Wikipedea article explaining how you can do Newton's method where x is a complex number. In my research, I've used Newton's method to get these figures, which are solutions to a partial differential equation. Here's an animation showing how one solution depends on the parameter in the problem.
Extra Credit Oportunity: 5 class points for the first person who sends me a link to an on-line calculator that will do this calculation as described in the handout. It must be a stand-alone web site (with no downloads of apps or ad-ons).

Wednesday, October 31: I have extended the WeBWorK set 18 to be due tonight. This scan of the simplification of the second derivative of the function in my problem 9 might help.
We need to move on to L'Hospital's rule today, but I have a special office hour from the end of class today until 2:00, and then my usual office hour from 4 to 5 today, in case you have questions on set 18.

Wednesday, 10-10: Here is the Desmos Online Calculator graph I made in class showing y = a^x and dy/dx,

Thursday, October 4: Here is a great site with some calculus demonstrations using GeoGebra.

Friday, September 28: Here's a picture of the Proof of the Product Rule from class. I didn't get to it, but I also wanted to do this proof of the Quotient Rule.

Wednesday, September 26: Differentiation Shortcuts, and graph of problem 11 with the Desmos Online Calculator.

Wednesday, September 19: Here is an example of using the limit definition of the derivative to compute the derivative of f(x) = x^2 + 3x+1.

Monday, September 17: Here is a Mathematica CDF file illustrating the definition of the derivative. You can download a free CDF viewer for the web. Here is a Mathematica Notebook of the same file: DefinitionOfDerivative.nb. You can run Mathematica on the cefns windows server, and you can get Mathematica for your own machine through NAU's license.

Wednesday, September 12: Definition of Continuity, and the Key to Computing Limits.

Friday, August 31: Estimate the speed of the Falling Ball.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: Readiness Test (last 25 minutes of class)

Monday, Aug. 27: Required knowledge from Precalculus

You can get extra credit for our course from points earned in the Problem of the Week. You can get up to 3 class points per week. I will multiply you points on the ladder by 0.3 to get extra credit.
FAMUS (Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Math Seminar): Fridays at 3 pm in AMB 164.
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