Montgomery College- Rockville

Department of Mathematics

Fall 2013


Math 160, Elementary Applied Calculus, CRNs 22025 and 22328


Professor:  Rick Penn          

Office: 30 Science West (SW)            

(240) 567-5195


Office Hours:  Tues, 11am-12pm; Weds and Fri, 10-11 am.


Course Description: A general calculus course primarily for business students. Topics include algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs, an intuitive approach to limits, differentiation, integration, and functions of several variables. Major emphasis is on applications in business, economics, and the life sciences. Not open for credit to students who have a grade of C or better in MA 181 or its equivalent.

Approved course outcomes for MA160 can be found at


MA 160 fulfills a General Education Program Mathematics foundation requirement. This course provides multiple opportunities to develop two or more of the following competencies: written and oral communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency, and information literacy. For more information, please see the general education website


Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MA 099 (Intermediate Algebra) or appropriate score on the Math Assessment Test, or approval of the professor.  Assessment levels EN101/101A, and RD120.

NOTE:  If you enrolled and do not have the prerequisites met, you may be dropped from the class.


Text and Calculator:  Brief Applied Calculus with Enhanced WebAssign, 1st ed., by Stewart/Clegg; Cengage Learning 2012 (REQUIRED).  You may purchase a package that includes the textbook and the WebAssign access code, or you may elect to purchase the WebAssign access code only.  Your WebAssign access will include a Brief Applied Calculus text e-book.  See more details under Required Computer Access.

The recommended calculator models are the TI-84 or TI-83+.  YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR CALCULATOR TO EVERY CLASS!  Note: symbolic calculators, such as the TI-89 or TI-92 are not allowed.  Calculators may not be shared during tests or quizzes. 


Required Computer Access:  Most of your homework is to be done on the computer with WebAssign.  A package including both the printed physical textbook and the online access is available at the campus bookstore.  If you would like to purchase your materials online, the publisher has provided the following links:


WebAssign/Ebook for $65:

Printed textbook with WebAssign for $147.49 :

Use promo code Fall2013 for $10 off your online purchase.

CRN 22328

(9:00 am)




CRN 22025






Access to the online materials is available at  

You will need the following WebAssign class key to enroll in this section of WebAssign online homework.


You have free access until September 10.  So even if you order your book/access code online and expect them to be mailed, you can access the online materials immediately.

Check out the quick start guide at for help getting started

Grading:                     Tests    4x15%  =        60%

                                    Quizzes:                      10%

                                    Homework                 5%

                                    Final exam                  25%


There will be approximately 8 quizzes this semester (one most weeks, with adjustments due to tests).  I will drop your lowest quiz grade and average the others.  I will also replace your lowest test grade with the grade you earn on the final exam if it helps you.  After these adjustments, if your average is then 90 or higher, you will earn an 'A' for the course; 80-89 will earn a 'B'; 70 - 79 a 'C'; 60-69 a 'D'; and 0-59 an 'F'.   


Make-up Policy: If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact me as soon as possible so that you can be prepared for the next class session – do not wait until the next class meeting to ask for missed work!  Late assignments will not be accepted, though if you do contact me ahead of time I will often be able to e-mail you copies of the missed activities.  If you know in advance that you will miss a quiz or test for a college sponsored activity or religious holiday, I will try to make arrangements for you to take an alternate test before the test day.  No make-ups will be given after the fact for any reason.  If you miss ONE quiz, that will be the one dropped when I compute your quiz grade; if you miss ONE test, that will be the grade replaced by the final exam.


Important dates:        Last day to drop the class (no ‘W’):  September 16

Last day to drop the class (receiving a grade of ‘W’) :  November 11

                                    Final exam:  December 12.   8-10 am (CRN 22328) / 12:30-2:30 pm (CRN 22025)


E-mail communications:  Communications for this class when necessary will be made via college e-mail.  Be sure to check yours regularly!  Also, if you wish to contact me through email, use your student email account.


Inclement weather and other emergencies

If inclement weather forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible.  If you sign up for MC Alert at, you will receive information about campus closings and emergencies via email or text message. You may also call MC at 240-567-5000 or check the college website to verify MC school closings.  Any exams planned on days classes are suspended will be administered at the first class meeting once classes resume.  Note that the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery College do not follow the same school closing procedures. 

If our class can meet for 50% or more of its regularly scheduled meeting time, we WILL meet. 

In the event class is unexpectedly cancelled, please check your college e-mail for information and assignments.  I will do my best to keep class going even if we can’t meet in person.

A test delayed because of school closing will be given at the next class meeting.


Math Science Center:  Located in 02 Macklin Tower, this is where you can go to borrow a math book, work in a group study area, work in a quiet study area, use a computer for a math or science class, borrow a calculator, or, best of all, get free tutoring.    The phone number there is 240-567-5200, and the hours are: Mon. – Thurs. 8am – 8pm, Fri. 8am – 4pm, Sat. 10am – 3pm.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:  Disability Support Services (240-567-5058)

Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hour. A letter from Disability Support Services (CB122) authorizing your accommodations will be needed. Any student who may need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation must identify to the Disability Support Services Office; guidelines for emergency evacuations for individuals with disabilities are found at:


Academic Regulations & Student Code of Conduct

All MC students are expected to follow “Academic Regulations” & “Student Code of Conduct” as described in the MC Student Handbook.  These regulations and guidelines can be found at:


In particular, please read the section in the Student Code of Conduct labeled Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct.  Copying another student’s test or quiz will result in a grade of zero being assigned on that test/quiz, and possible disciplinary action.  Allowing another student to copy your work is “assisting others in committing academic dishonesty” and will also result in a zero for you and possible disciplinary action. 

You are encouraged to work together on assignments.  However, even on assignments copying someone’s work (or allowing someone to copy yours) is still academic dishonesty, and will also result in grades of 0 being assigned.   If you have any questions about working together versus copying, please see me.


Classroom Conduct:  The following comes directly from the Student Code of Conduct (see “Academic Regulations” and “Student Code of Conduct” in the MC Student Handbook).  Please keep in mind that even talking in the back of the classroom can be distracting for other students.


The College seeks to provide an environment where discussion and expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of the class are recognized as necessary to the educational process.  However, students do not have the right to interfere with the free­dom of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students to learn, nor do they have the right to interfere with the ability of staff to provide services to any student.


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If you are a veteran or on active or reserve status and you are interested in information regarding opportunities, programs and/or services, please visit the Combat2College website at and/or contact Joanna Starling at 240-567-7103 or


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I would love nothing better than to have everyone earn a passing grade, or better yet an 'A'.  However, the grades that I give will be those that are earned, as described above.  If you "absolutely, positively, must pass this class" to graduate / for your job / to keep your full-time status/ so your dog doesn’t run away / or for any other reason, please think about that is now, not after you have dug yourself into too deep a hole!

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I expect that when you come to class, you are doing so with the intention of learning.  I will do my part to make the atmosphere as conducive to learning as possible, and I ask you to do the same.  Feel free to ask questions, or to answer questions for other students.  But please keep unnecessary distractions down, and,

please turn off and put away all cell phones, ipods, etc. before entering class.




Date (approx – exact dates of tests to be announced in class)

Material on Test

Test 1

Tues, 9/17

Ch 1 (Functions) and Ch 2 (Differentiation)

Test 2

Tues, 10/8

Ch 3 (Techniques of Differentiation)

Test 3

Tues, 10/29

Ch 4 (Applications of Differentiation)

Test 4

Tues, 11/19

Ch 5 (Sections 5.1-5.3 only, Integrals)

Ch 6 (Sections 6.1 and 6.2 only, Applications of Integration)

Final Exam

Thurs December 12


Chapters 1-5

Ch 6 (Sections 6.1 and 6.2, Applications of Integration)

Ch 7 (Sections 7.1 and 7.2, functions of several variables)