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Syllabus: Math 251 Calculus I
Clackamas Community College – Spring 2017

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Clackamas Community College

Course: Math 251-30

Meeting Time: TTh 6:00 - 8:20pm H210            

Instructor: Bruce Simmons

Email:, 503-594-3332 (voicemail is emailed to me)                                                                    

Term: Spring 2017

Office Hours:
Streeter 111 (my office): TTh 10-10:50am, W 11-11:50am
In the Math Lab: M 11:00-11:50am
In Harmony 210: TTh 5:00-6:00pm
or by appointment at some other time

Specific Course Requirements


Completion of Math 112 with a “C” or better or the appropriate placement score. You may be asked to provide proof of having met the prerequisite.


Calculus: Concepts and contexts (4th ed.), Stewart, J.
Note: A used copy or the e-Book version is fine.
We are not using an online homework system in this course.


Materials for the course (Syllabus, Assignments, Handouts, Group Tests, Announcements, etc.) can be found on Moodle (either log onto or


A Ti-83 or 84 graphing calculator is highly recommended.   Instructional demonstrations will be made on the TI-84+ calculator.  Cell phones will NOT be permitted as calculators in this class. A calculator rental program is available through A.S.G. Student Services (x 2245).

Course Outlines

Course outline is available on the Math Department college website at

Math Lab

Free Tutoring – No Appointment Necessary!
Dye Learning Centre on O.C. campus:                 Harmony Campus:
Mon–Thur  9:00am – 8:00pm                              Mon & Wed 10:00am – 12:00pm
Fri   9:00am – 5:00 pm                                           Mon–Thur  4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat 11:00am – 3:00 pm


Homework Notebook

Assigned homework problems should be completed in accordance with the calendar and stored in a notebook that will be collected and assessed on the three individual test days.  You will be given a cover sheet for your notebook. On the day of a test, I will collect and grade your homework notebook.  Please do all work in PENCIL.

Homework Quizzes

To assess student understanding of homework, there will be Homework Quizzes in accordance with the calendar. Each HMWK quiz is worth 10 points and is designed to be completed in less than 15 minutes. There will be no make-ups for missed quizzes, but your two lowest quiz scores will be dropped.


There will be a variety activities and/or worksheets that will be assigned. Some of these activities will need to be completed outside of class. Activities will be due at the next class meeting. Each Activity is worth 5 points. There will be no make-ups for missed/late activities, but I will drop your lowest activity score.

Group Tests

Each student is responsible for bringing their own completed copy of the Group Test to class (refer to calendar).  Each group will be given an extra copy of a modified Group Test by their instructor that the group members will collectively decide what will be written.  The in-class copy of the Group Test will be given to your instructor to be graded. All members of the group will receive that grade. Each Group Test is worth 15 points. If you are unable to attend class, you may submit your Group Test before class.


There will be two tests worth 100 points each.  Exams are to be taken at the scheduled time unless arrangements are made with me in advance.  You must contact me prior to the exam to reschedule.  Twenty percent may be deducted from any exams taken late.  Failure to take the test at the scheduled time without prior arrangements may result in a zero.  See the calendar for quiz/test dates. Cell phones are not allowed on quizzes and exams.

Final Exam

A comprehensive final worth 200 points will be given in accordance with the CCC Final Exam schedule in our classroom. Do not miss the final exam!

Assessment and Grading



Total Points

12 Quizzes (best 10 @ 10 pts. each)                                           


15 Activities (best 10 @ 5 pts each)


Homework Notebook


3 Group Tests (15 pts. each)


2 Tests (100 pts. each)


1  Final Exam




Students who stop attending class must officially withdraw from the class by completing an Add/Drop form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office. 

Your final course grade will be posted on the C.C.C. webpage ( under MyClackamas at the end of the term.

Failure to officially withdraw results in an F.


90% - 100% A

80% - 89% B

70% - 79% C

60% - 69% D

< 60% F

General Information                                               

Content Policy

You are responsible for all material covered.  You should check Moodle daily as I will update information as the class progresses. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get caught up by consulting with a classmate or your instructor. All schedule and assignment information for this course is tentative and the instructor reserves the right to make any changes that are deemed necessary.

For many of you, this may be your first 200-level college-level math course and it is probably not your last. In my experience, students (even those who have had some calculus) often UNDERESTIMATE the amount of time and work that is required for success in collegiate-level calculus. Students that get to calculus have typically been successful in math up to this point and can be quite successful in calculus and post-calculus, provided they have the time to do it and put forth a sustained effort in their work.

In addition to showing up on-time each day for class, you are expected to do and think about your homework in between classes, ask questions, review important concepts, read examples in your textbook, come see me during office hours, go to the Learning Centre (if you need additional assistance or if you need a space with support just to do your homework), and study regularly (preferably in a study group). In addition to learning mathematical content, you are also learning what it means to participate in the mathematics community at large, both of which are critical for students taking subsequent mathematics courses.

Rule for Success: By definition, every 1 credit hour of class requires 2 hours/week studying outside of class. This is a 5 credit hour class.  Plan to spend a minimum of 10 hours each week studying math and doing your homework to be successful.  Success rates improve dramatically when students follow this rule!

ADA State-ment

Clackamas Community College is committed to providing equal access to all students.
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me and/or the Disability Resource Center: 503-594-6357 or email at

Title IX

At CCC, we are dedicated to establishing and maintaining a safe and inclusive campus where all have equal access to the educational and employment opportunities that CCC offers. Title IX, a law passed in 1972, protects all people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX helps the college host an environment of sexual respect, safety and well-being, free from discrimination, sexual misconduct or assault, and harassment based on gender or sex.
For more information, visit, or email your Title IX Coordinator: