Math 1500, The Calculus
Peter Selinger

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Course Description: This class is intended primarily for students who are considering a majors or an honours program in the physical or mathematical sciences. The topics of MATH 1000/MATH 1010 are covered, but in greater depth. MATH 1500 is equivalent as a credit to MATH 1000/MATH 1010.

Instructor: Prof. Peter Selinger
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chase Building, Room 303
Email: (please mention "1500" in the subject line)
Lectures: MWF 11:35-12:25, Dunn 101
Website: Updated information, assignments, any handouts, etc., will be available from
Office Hours: MW 1-2.
Prerequisites: Nova Scotia Mathematics advanced 11 and 12 or pre-calculus. Pre-calculus is highly recommended.
Textbook: H. Jerome Keisler, Elementary Calculus, An Infinitesimal Approach, Second Edition. Available from
Course Work: There will be an in-class midterm and a final exam. The midterm is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 in class. There will also be weekly homework, to be handed in at the beginning of class on Fridays. From each homework set, I will choose some number of problems that will be graded. Late homework will not be accepted except with my prior permission. Each week, you will also be assigned some reading from the textbook.
Missed test policy: A missed midterm cannot be written at another time. If you miss the midterm without my prior permission, then it will count as a 0. Exceptions are made in two cases: (1) if you obtain my prior permission to miss a midterm, or (2) if you have an officially valid excuse such as a medical doctor's note. In these cases, the weight of the missed midterm will be shifted to the final exam (i.e., the final exam will then count 70% instead of 50%). There is no make-up option for the final exam.
Marks: Marks will be based on the homework, midterm, and final exam. Class participation may be taken into account. The homework counts 30%, the midterm counts 20%, and the final exam counts 50%. You need to pass the final exam in order to pass the course. Numerical grades are converted to letter grades via the standard Faculty of Science scheme: 90-100 = A+, 85-89.9 = A, 80-84.9 = A-, 75-79.9 = B+, 70-74.9 = B, 65-69.9 = B-, 62-64.9 = C+, 58-61.9 = C, 55-57.9 = C-, 50-54.9 = D, 0-49.9 = F.
Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities should register as quickly as possible at Student Accessibility Services if they want to receive academic accommodations. To do so please phone 494-2836, e-mail, visit, or drop in just outside the Killam Library at 6227 University Avenue.
Plagiarism policy: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence which may lead to loss of credit, suspension or expulsion from the University, or even the revocation of a degree. Please read the Policy on Intellectual Honesty contained in the Calendar or on the Dalhousie web site at:
Note taker required: A note taker is required to assist a student in this class. There is an honorarium of $75/course/term, with some conditions. If you are interested, please go to the Advising and Access Services Centre (AASC), 6227 University Avenue, to obtain information and to fill out a Confidentiality form.

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