Math 110. Calculus I

Fall 2022


No class on Thursday October 6.


Course Description

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105. (Under the Forester Fundamental Curriculum, this course meets the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Under the old GEC, this course meets the Natural Science & Mathematics requirement.)


Calculus Volume 1 by Strang, Herman, et. al., Open Stax.

The book is free online. You can find it here.

Topics to be covered

The following is a tentative list of topics that will be covered:

Chapter 1
1.1 Review of functions (domain, range, symmetry)
1.2 Basic classes of functions
1.3 Trigonometric functions
1.4 Inverse Functions
1.5 Exponential and logarithmic functions

Chapter 2
2.1 A preview of Calculus
2.2 The limit of a function
2.3 The limit laws
2.4 Continuity
4.6 Limits at infinity and asymptotes

Chapter 3
3.1 Defining the Derivative
3.2 The derivative as a function
3.3 Differentiation rules
3.4 Derivatives as rates of change
3.5 Newton's Method.
3.6 The Chain Rule
3.7 Derivatives of inverse functions
3.8 Implicit Differentiation
3.9 Derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions

Chapter 4
4.1 Related Rates 4.2 Linear approximations and differentials 4.3 Maxima and minima
4.4 Mean value theorem
4.3 Inflection points and concavity
4.7 Optimization problems
4.9 Newton's Method.
4.10 Antiderivatives

Chapter 5
5.1 Approximating Areas
5.2 The Definite integral
5.3 The Fundamental theorem of calculus
5.5 Substitution

Student Learning Outcomes

Some main learning outcomes include: In general, the goal is for the student to be able to learn Calculus in a way that it allows the student to apply it in science courses or higher level Mathematics courses.

The course grade will be based on:
Homework   10%
Midterm 1   20%,
Midterm 2   20%,
Midterm 3   20%
Final Exam   30%.


There will be written homework daily. The homework will be turned in and will reinforce the matertial learned in class. Collaboration in the homework is permitted, however you must write your own solutions in your own words (or symbols). You should submit your homework in class. You must also support your answers with the intermediate steps you took to reach the answer.
You can find the homework assignments for this class below:


On the midterms and the final exam you must work on the problems on your own. No collaboration permitted in the exams.
The following dates are tentative:  

The first midterm will be on Thursday September 22.

The second midterm will be on Thursday October 20.

The third midterm will be on Thursday November 17.

The final exam will be a cumulative three hour exam. It will be on Monday December 12 from 8:30am to 11:30am.


Students are expected to come to every lecture and every exam. If the dates of the exams conflict with Lake Forest approved events, inform me as soon as possible.


Description of instructional time and expectations:

This course meets 3 times per week for 4 hours per week. The course carries 1.0 course credit (equivalent to four semester credit hours). Students are expected to devote a minimum of 12 hours of total work per week (in-class time plus out-of-class work) to this course.

Academic honesty policy

Please read the College's information on Academic Honesty. If a student cheats in an exam, quiz or homework assignment, I will proceed with charging the student with the Academic Honesty Judicial Board. The usual (first) penalty is a 0 in the assignment on which the cheating occured plus some ethics lectures the student would take. The second penalty is usually suspension. Academic honesty is expected of all students and faculty. You can discuss with me any concerns you have about whether your work conforms to the policy. See the Lake Forest College Statement on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism and the Academic Honesty section of the College Catalog for more information.

Accommodations Statement

If you are a student who needs an accommodation because of a disability or medical or psychological condition that limits your ability to fully participate in this course, please contact Kara Fifield (, Director of Disability Services, to document your disability with the College and with the professor of this course. Academic accommodations should be reasonable and not alter the fundamental nature of this course. Because it can take a week or more to arrange requested accommodations, you are encouraged to establish your semester accommodations as early in the semester as possible. Accommodations usually require a medical diagnosis. Some can be significant yet temporary in nature, such as a concussion, or a sprained wrist that impacts your ability to take notes. Others can last the entire term, such as PTSD or dyslexia. If you think you might have a condition that qualifies, please make an appointment with Kara Fifield as soon as possible. Contact Kara Fifield by email or phone, or 847-735-5167. For more information about services for students with disabilities at Lake Forest College, see the webpage. Students are expected to set up their own testing and notetaker accommodations. Please contact Stephanie Edgar, Coordinator of the Center for Academic Success,, for assistance.

Last modified on September 28, 2022.