MATH 180: Calculus I


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Math 180 is the introductory calculus course in our standard three-semester calculus sequence. As such, its goal is to introduce the study of calculus on the real line, which includes limits, differentiation, and basic integration techniques while also covering applications of said topics.

Students enter Math 180 from a variety of backgrounds: some of you have taken Pre-Calculus at UIC, some have transferred from other schools, or placed directly into Calculus I following your mathematical studies in high school. Regardless of your background coming in, our goal is to help every one of you succeed, and enjoy yourselves as much as possible in the process!

However, calculus is often a subtle and challenging subject, and experience has taught us (both as students once ourselves, and as educators) that success in Math 180 requires a lot of work, many hours of study and problem solving, and your active involvement in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. We have designed our course with the aim of helping you stay constantly involved with the course and the material, and within easy reach of some of your best resources: your instructor, your teaching assistants, and your colleagues! Working (quite hard!) together, you will find that at the end of the semester you have not only learned the basics of the course, but mastered the concepts, their connections, and many of their possible applications!


Textbook and Worksheet bundle

You will need a MyLabMath access code for the textbook, and a worksheet bundle.

The MyLabMath access code comes with an electronic version of the book, however you are welcome to also purchase the hard copy of the textbook. You can purchase the textbook and access code separately or together.

The main textbook is Calculus: Early Transcendentals by William Briggs and Lyle Cochran, 3rd edition, published by Addison-Wesley.

The ISBN for one semester access is 9780135329221, the ISBN for multiple semester access is 9780135329276.

You can purchase a MyLabMath code online after registering for MyMathLab through Blackboard, or at the UIC bookstore, with or without the textbook. MyLabMath contains an electronic version of the book.

If you are buying a MyLabMath code for the first time this semester, you have two options: an access which is valid for one semester, ISBN 9780135329221, or an access code which is valid for multiple semesters, ISBN 9780135329276.

Note that only these ISBNs will work with your MyLabMath course. The access codes and books are available at the UIC bookstore, or you can purchase the code online when signing up for MyLabMath via the Math 180 Blackboard site. The site will become available in week 0, which is the week before the classes begin. If you buy the book with MyLabMath access from Amazon or other sources then the MyLabMath access code most likely won't work.

We will cover chapters 2 through 5, and sections 11.1 and 11.3 in Math 180.

You are expected to read the textbook before the lecture of each topic, as indicated on the schedule of homework and reading assignments.

The worksheet bundle will be used in the problem solving sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can obtain a copy from the UIC bookstore, or print your own bundle under Review.

Course Structure

The class contains three hours of interactive lecture on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and two hours of discussion/problem solving on Tuesday and Thursday. Please see your class schedule for specific time and classroom. In addition, your instructor and TA will be available during their office hours. Their office hours can be found under the Sections link above.


The prerequisite for Math 180 is a grade C or better in Math 121 or appropriate performance on the department placement test. The prerequisite is enforced throughout all sections of the course without exceptions. Students that have not met the prerequisite will not be allowed to take the course.


The new Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) is located in SES on the third floor. It is a spacious and comfortable place to study. Staff will be available during its hours of operation to assist students with Math 180. You should visit the center and get to know different TAs, peer tutors and learning assistants that can provide you with instant help.


Cell Phones

You may not use your phone during lecture or discussion/problem solving sessions for any reason other than class participation. We ask that you stay focused on the material while attending class. If this becomes a problem, your instructor or teaching assistant will ask you to leave the room.

No Calculators

The use of any electronic devices with computing capabilities is prohibited during exams and quizzes.


The course grade is based on the following categories with the point values associated to each. Students are expected to be present for all exams. Makeup exams will only be given in case of a verifiable emergency or a formal request by the UIC athletic department. Do not schedule travel on an exam date.

Attendance see attendance policy
Inventory Tests 1%
MyLabMath Homework 14%
Written Homework 15%
Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Final Exam 30%


85 -- 100 A
70 -- 84 B
55 -- 69 C
40 -- 54 D
0 -- 39 F

Important: A condition for a student to obtain a passing grade (C or higher) is that the student’s weighted average of the three exam scores is at least 45%. The weights will be computed as follows: each midterm exam will count for 30% and the final exam will count for 40% of the aforementioned average.”

For students with good attendance (see attendance policy) and for students with a weighted average of the exam scores above 45%, we guarantee the following grades:

An A to students with a combined final course percentage of 85% or higher, a B to students with a percentage of 70% or higher, a C to students with a percentage of 55% or higher, and a D to students with a percentage of 40% or higher. Final grades in general are not curved, however, the department reserves the right to be more lenient than this. All grades are rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent.



Lectures and discussion/problem sessions

As explained in the course description, in order to successfully complete the course, your active involvement in learning is essential. Therefore, a serious commitment on your part to attend both the lectures and the discussion/problem sessions is a basic requirement of that. Attendance in the course will be taken both in lecture and in discussion sections starting with week 3.

A percentage of below 75% in lecture, or a percentage of below 75% in discussion will result in a drop of one letter grade for the course as a consequence. Below 50% attendance in either one of these categories will result in an automatic F for the course.


Students that know ahead of time that they have an existing or potential conflict with the class must inform their instructor in the first two weeks of the semester using the absence appeals form.

Furthermore, students can appeal during week 9 and 10, as well as week 14 and 15 to their instructor using the appeals form provided below. Note: no appeals will be accepted after the final exam or at any other time!

In cases when the instructor cannot determine whether or not the reason is compelling, the instructor will forward the appeal to the director of undergraduate studies, who will decide.

Cheating the Attendance Policy

Trying to cheat the attendance policy is unacceptable, and the punishment for cheating will be severe. Examples of trying to cheat the attendance policy include (but are not limited to) signing in to receive credit when you are not present, signing a classmate in who is not present, or providing false documentation of an absence. The first offense of cheating will result in an automatic one letter grade deduction from your final grade, and the second offense will result in an automatic F in the course.


Homework for the course is assigned in several ways, all of which will count towards your grade.


One course component consists of watching videos or other media files prior to class. These videos will be posted on Blackboard. Watching the videos will be important in understanding the course materials.

MyLabMath Homework

MyLabMath is a tool to provide instant feedback to problems that cover the basic material of the course.You can access MyLabMath through the Blackboard link.

Written Homework

Each week, the MATH 180 coordinator will publish a set of homework problems that are to be turned in to your TA during Thursday discussion. These written problems will (generally) be more challenging than the MyMathLab homework problems and will require you to show your full work. You are strongly encouraged to work together with a group of colleagues on these (and any) homework problems, but you must write up the solutions by yourself! The written homework will be posted on Blackboard.

Written homework problems will be graded in full, and just an answer will not earn any credit. You should pay attention to the feedback given on each graded homework, since the midterms and the final exam will be graded in a very similar way.

Homework will be due on the specified date (listed on the homework itself). No late homework will be accepted. These written problems will (generally) be more challenging than the MyMathLab homework problems and will require you to show your full work.

Calculus Pre and Post-Concept Inventory test

You will be asked to take a Pre and Post-Concept Inventory Test. The test will be administered through the Learning Assistant Alliance Site, and you will receive an email link in your UIC email. The Pre- and Post-Test count combined as credit of 1% towards your final grade!

Your performance on the survey will in no way affect your grade. The surveys are being used to see what you know before the course begins in order to better meet your needs and improve the course instruction. Please do not use any outside help (e.g. books, internet, friends, etc.). The results will only be useful if students complete the survey honestly.

Important Note about Homework To accommodate for occasional illness or technical glitches the lowest three scores for MyLabMath, and the lowest two scores for Written Homework will be dropped. Note that there will be no extensions on homework for any reason!


Students who know ahead of time that they have an existing or potential exam conflict with the exam times must inform their instructor in the first two weeks of the semester. There will be two evening exams (see the Exams link above for their dates). The exams will be from 6-7:30pm. The final exam will take place on the Monday of finals week from 3:30-5:30pm, and will be a cumulative exam. Samples of midterm and final exams during the Fall and Spring Sessions can be found by clicking the Exams link above. With all exams, make-ups will not be given except under extreme circumstances.

Policy on re-grading midterm exams and homework: After receiving your graded midterm exam or a homework, you are recommended to review the grading. If you think that your work has been misgraded, you may put in a regrade request via Gradescope. You must explain clearly why you think your work deserves more points and what grading mistakes have been made. Requests without justifications will not be honored. We will correct the grading, if justified. All requests to review the grading of exams or homework must be made within one week from the day when the link to your graded homework or exam has been sent to you via Gradescope, and within one day for the final exam.


It is MSCS policy to assign midterm grades to all students in MATH 180. Midterm grades will follow the same cut-offs as for the final course grade, but with the following contributions

MyMathLab Homework 20%
Written Homework 20%
Midterm 1 60%

Tips on interpreting your midterm grade can be found at

Academic Integrity Policy

As an academic community, UIC is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community - students, staff, faculty, and administrators - share the responsibility of insuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct by students will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy:

More specifically, it has to be made explicitly clear that no violations of such nature will be tolerated for the homework, the quizzes and the exam. No student should submit homework that has been copied or plagiarized from a fellow student - in such a case both students will be considered responsible for the offense. Every student should protect their own work. Quizzes/exams given under false identity, solutions copied in part or wholly from someone else or from another source are also instances of this type of violation. First-time offenders will be penalized as follows. If the violation occurs during an exam, a zero will be given for that exam. If the violation occurs on a homework assignment or a quiz, there will be a one letter grade reduction from the course grade. In all cases a report will be filed with the Office of the Dean. Repeated offenders will receive an F for the course and will also be reported to the Office of the Dean. Students are strongly advised to take this policy very seriously, because there will be no exceptions.

Academic deadlines

The current academic calendar, as well as the list of academic deadlines can be found at

Disability policy

The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to maintaining a barrier-free environment so that students with disabilities can fully access programs, courses, services, and activities at UIC. Students with disabilities who require accommodations for access to and/or participation in this course are welcome, but must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). You may contact DRC at 312-413-2183 (v) or 312-413-0123 (TTY) and consult the following:

Religious holidays

Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the student shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure. For a calendar of this year's religious holidays, please see:

Grievance procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: