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Prerequisite Information

A good foundation in college algebra and trigonometry is needed to be successful in Math 112. Consequently, the first lesson in this course reviews key principles in these subjects. It also contains a computer-graded pretest. While you cannot be dropped from the course if your score on the pretest is low, a low score indicates that you are not ready for the computations that will occur later in the course. If you get a low score on the pretest, we strongly recommend you learn the material that you missed before continuing. If you would like to assess your readiness before registering for the course, you can go to the textbook web site. Select the “Review Algebra“ and “Review Analytic Geometry“ PDFs. Review the information and complete the exercises. If you do well, that is a good indicator that you have the prerequisite skills for math 112.

BYU Course Outcomes

This course is designed for students majoring in the mathematical and physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics education and for students minoring in mathematics or mathematics education. Calculus is the foundation for most of the mathematics studied at the university level. The mastery of calculus requires well-developed skills, clear conceptual understanding, and the ability to model phenomena in a variety of settings. Calculus 1 develops the concepts of limit, derivative, and integral, and is fundamental for many fields of mathematics. This course contributes to all the expected learning outcomes of the Mathematics BS. For more detailed information, visit the Math 112 Wiki page.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, you should have a mastery of limits, differentiation, antiderivatives, definite integrals, and the substitution rule.

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Course Materials

This course uses online resources and the textbook:

Be sure to get the textbook with WebAssign access. If you need to order WebAssign separately, you may do so from the website, but it is far less expensive to buy the textbook and WebAssign bundled together.


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Course Organization

Preparation Time

Adequately prepared students should expect to spend a minimum of three hours of work for each section in the book. This time commitment may vary from student to student. You may find that you need more time to complete a section. A minimal time commitment is likely to lead to an average grade B-/C+ or lower. Much more time may be required to achieve excellence. Independent study students may need to spend additional time due to the fact that they do not attend any lectures. Do not skimp on homework time. Students who do so typically do not do well on exams.


All homework is done online, through WebAssign (not this course). You will not be able to access the online homework system until you have completed and submitted the pretest. Once you have taken the pretest, you will be able to view the instructions for accessing the WebAssign homework.

Note: You will need a WebAssign code to access the online WebAssign homework. As mentioned above, the most common way to get a code is to purchase it with the book. If you purchased a used book, however, you will need to purchase a WebAssign code separately. You will need to do this at www.webassign.net. Do not use your WebAssign code before taking the pretest. If you need to purchase a code, do not do so until you complete the pretest.

Since your WebAssign homework is not connected to the Independent Study gradebook, you will need to have your WebAssign homework score transferred to the gradebook of your MATH 112 course. There will only be one homework score in the gradebook and it will be for all of the homework from chapters 2-5. (It will be your average homework score for all 4 chapters).

IMPORTANT! Your homework score will not be entered in the gradebook until you complete the "Homework Transfer Request and Final Homework Grade" assignment at the end of Chapter 5. Once your homework grade has been posted, that will be your final homework score; it will only be transferred once. So, make sure you have the homework grade you want before you submit the "Homework Transfer Request and Final Homework Grade" assignment! Thus, you should complete and submit the homework transfer assignment just before you are ready to take the final exam. In fact, you will not be able to request the final before this score is entered.

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The exams are only available to be taken in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.

There will be three midcourse exams and one final exam in this course. The first exam will come after Chapter 2, the second after Chapter 3, and the third after Chapter 4. The material for Chapter 5 will be included on the final. Note that the final is comprehensive, so it will contain problems from the other chapters as well. Calculators will not be allowed on exams. Exams are written carefully so that calculators will not be needed. You will need to bring your own blank scratch paper to work the multiple-choice questions. Follow exam instructions for when to show your work.

Using Calculators

Calculators can be useful for some of the homework assignments. Therefore, it is advisable for each student to have access to a scientific calculator. There is no need to be fancy here. A regular scientific calculator will suffice. If it has buttons for the trig functions and e^x, it is good enough. You do not need a graphing calculator for this course. A scientific calculator can usually be purchased for around $10 or less. (Remember, you will not be allowed to use a calculator on any of the exams.)

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Getting Help

Since this is an online course, you do not have a professor with office hours to help you. However, you can e-mail the TA assigned to this course at online112@mathematics.byu.edu , but it will be very difficult to give help via e-mail. Please do not e-mail the professor. If you are close to a university or college, they may have an open math lab that can help you. Otherwise, you will need to check the textbook for similar examples, or look for examples on the Web.

For those students who live near BYU, the BYU Math Lab is a great resource for getting one-on-one help. You can find information about the location and hours of the Math Lab at http://math.byu.edu/mathlab/.

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Grading Information

Your grade will be determined by your performance on the homework, midcourse exams, and the final. Remember that although this chart shows the percentage of the total score for homework for the lessons in that chapter, the homework score will be totalled and shown as a score associated with chapter 5.

Chapter 1: Pretest 3%
Chapter 2: Limits and Derivatives WebAssign Homework 6%
Midcourse Exam 1 16%
Chapter 3: Differentiation Rules WebAssign Homework 6%
Midcourse Exam 2 16%
Chapter 4: Application of Differentiation WebAssign Homework 6%
Midcourse Exam 3 16%
Chapter 5: Integrals WebAssign Homework 6%
Comprehensive Final Exam 25%
TOTAL 100%

Your overall grade will be determined by the following scale:

Grading Scale
A 90%–100% C 60%–64%
A− 85%–89% C− 55%–59%
B+ 80%–84% D+ 50%–54%
B 75%–79% D 45%–49%
B− 70%–74% D− 40%–44%
C+ 65%–69% E (fail) 39% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


1 computer-graded pretest (resubmission allowed for a fee) and WebAssign Homework for each of the 35 lessons, completed through a separate web application (no resubmission allowed).


3 proctored, instructor-graded midcourse exams and 1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam (one retake for each exam allowed for a fee). Your homework grade must be posted to your Independent Study course before you request the final exam. You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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