Math 155 - Applied Calculus
Location: Math/Psych - Room 104
Time: Mon and Wed, 1:00pm-2:15pm

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Bradford E. Peercy
Office: Math/Psych 436
Phone: 410-455-2436
Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 11:00am-12:00pm and by appointment

Teaching Assistant: James Travis
Office: Math/Psych 238
Office Hours: Mon and Wed 2:15pm-3:00pm

Prerequisites: Math 106 with a C or better, or approval of instructor
Course Textbook: Waner and Costenoble's Applied Calculus, fifth edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole. Associated webpage:
Course Description
Basic ideas of differential and integral calculus, with emphasis on elementary techniques of differentiation and integration with applications, are treated in this course. Technology will be utilized to enhance understanding of the concepts and their applications. Not recommended for students majoring in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or physical sciences. Note: Credit will not be given for both MATH 151 and 155. Prerequisite: Math 106 or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test.


Grading Policy
Homework (13) 26%
Lab Reports (8) 24%
Quizzes(7) 20%
Midterm 10%
Final 20%
Your grade will be broken down as 50% for in-class assessment (20% for Quizzes, 10% for Midterm, and 20% for the Comprehensive Final), 50% for lab work (24% or 3% for each lab) and homework (26% or 2% for each assignment). You will be allowed to drop your two lowest quiz grades. Since you may drop two quizzes, I will not be allowing make-up quizzes. Taking a quiz early may be possible, but you must check with me the week prior to the quiz you wish to reschedule. We will be using Web Assign for your homework. Since this system is accessible, you may submit your homework well before the due date, and each problem has allowance for multiple trials, we will not drop any homework scores. You must clear a missed exam with me prior to the test day. In the case of an emergency, you must be able to provide verification (e.g. a doctor's note). Blackboard will be used to post grades.
Fbelow 59%

Homework via Web Assign
We will be using Enhanced Web Assign (EWA) for homework in this course. This service requires a $35 fee that is payable on first use or through the purchase of the hardcover textbook or ebook. For easy access we have linked to EWA through Blackboard (under Tools on the left panel). This avoids additional login requirements. If Blackboard is down you may access Web Assign through their web site ( using your Blackboard login. With EWA you will get immediate feedback on your answers as well as multiple opportunities to attempt homework questions. The questions will be those from the textbook with occasional number modifications. I encourage you to work out the problems prior to sitting down at the computer to enter your answers. Writing out your solutions is also critical if you would like feedback from your TA or me.
Laboratory/Discussion Sessions
In addition to the lecture you have signed up for an additional one-hour session. In this session you will develop technology skills including plotting and fitting several functional forms and numerical differentiation and integration in a variety of applications. This will be done in a spreadsheet software and at the new state-of-the-art CASTLE learning environment (University Center 155 CASTLE). An introduction to the Excel spreadsheet and a guide to lab write-ups are posted on Blackboard. The schedule of labs and discussion sections are tentatively laid out in the table below. The lab/discussion sessions will be run by the course Teaching Assistant.
Quiz Zero
You are assigned to take a preliminary quiz (Quiz Zero) based on the prerequiste for this course (Math 106). It will on Web Assign but you will need take it at the computer lab at one of the specified times listed below. This quiz will not be graded except for having been handed in and will count toward your overall quiz average. However, doing poorly on Quiz Zero should be an indication of a need to further prepare for this class (e.g. thoroughly revisit Chapter 0 material).
Day and DateTime
Monday 8/30 3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday 9/3 5:00pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm
8:00pm - 9:00pm
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Day and DateTime
Saturday 9/4 9:00am - 10:00pm
10:00am - 11:00am
11:00am - noon
noon - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Day and DateTime
Sunday 9/5 noon - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Course Help
Spend 2-3 hours per credit hour in class doing the following
Academic Integrity Statement
By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, the UMBC Integrity webpage, or the Graduate School website
Tentative Course Schedule
1 Sept. 1Intro. Chapter 0, 1.1-FunctionsIntroduction
2 Sept.6,8Labor Day1.2 Functions and Models
Q0 due via Webassign
Lab #1HW1:
1.1 #1-9odd,15,25,31,41
1.2 #5,9,15,17,21,29,35
3 Sept.13,151.3 Linear Functions and Models
HW1 due
1.4 Linear RegressionLab #2HW2:
1.3 #9,15,17,19,25,33,35,43,55,69,75,85,91,99
1.4 #1,3,9,11,13,15,17
4 Sept.20,222.1 Quadratics
HW2 due
2.2 Exponentials
2.1 #3,7,9,11,23,25,27,31,33,35
2.2 #1,5,15,19,21,25,37,39,45,47,57,65,77,79,91
5 Sept.27,292.3 Logarithms
HW3 due
2.4 LogisticsLab #3HW4:
2.3 #a,b,c
2.4 #a,b,c
6 Oct 4,63.1 Limits
HW4 due
3.2 Limits and Continuity
Lab #4HW5:
3.1 #a,b,c
3.2 #a,b,c
7 Oct 11,133.3 Limits and Continuity
HW5 due
3.4 Average Rate of ChangeDiscussionHW6:
3.3 #a,b,c
3.4 #a,b,c
8 Oct 18,203.5 Derivatives
HW6 due
3.6 Derivatives
Lab #5 HW7:
3.5 #a,b,c
3.6 #a,b,c
9 Oct 25,274.1 Derivatives: Powers, Sums,
and Constant Multiples
HW7 due
MidtermLab #6
10 Nov 1,34.2 Marginal Analysis4.3 Product and Quotient Rules DiscussionHW8:
4.1 #a,b,c
4.2 #a,b,c
4.3 #a,b,c
11 Nov 8,104.4 The Chain Rule
HW8 due
4.5 Derivatives of Logs and Exp.
4.4 #a,b,c
4.5 #a,b,c
12 Nov 15,175.1 Maxima and Minima
HW9 due
5.2 Applications of Maxs and Mins Lab #7HW10:
5.1 #a,b,c
5.2 #a,b,c
13 Nov 22,245.3 Higher Order Derivatives
HW10 due

5.3 #a,b,c
14 Nov 29, Dec 15.4 Analyzing Graphs
HW11 due
6.1 Indefinite Integral DiscussionHW12:
5.4 #a,b,c
6.1 #a,b,c
15 Dec 6,86.2 Substitution
HW12 due
6.3 Definite Integral
Lab #8HW13:
6.2 #a,b,c
6.3 #a,b,c
16 Dec 13,156.4 Definite Integral
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
HW13 due
FINAL EXAMDiscussion