MATH 146 01: Applied Calculus I

MATH 146 - Applied Calculus I

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 9539

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

This course is solely online.  Class does not meet in person at any scheduled time.

Instructor Information

Mary E Dietz, M.S.

Teaching Professor


Mary Dietz

About the Professor

I have taught college level mathematics since 1989. 

Course Description

A nonrigorous introduction to differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration techniques, and applications.

A nonrigorous introduction to differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration techniques, and applications.

This course uses the program, WebAssign by Cengage, for homework assignments and possibly quizzes and exams.  The assignments are created to help students achieve the outcomes listed in the syllabus.  There are WebAssign assignments due once or twice a week and there are in-class quizzes as well as two non-cumulative exams.  You can expect each lecture to begin with any questions you have on homework followed by a lecture in which you may participate with comments/questions. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify functions, compute the average rate of change for given functions, and solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
  • Interpret the concept of the derivative.
  • Understand limit concepts, limits by algebraic manipulation, and limits by graphical representation.
  • Use the product, quotient, and chain rules for derivatives of algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  • Interpret definite integrals as area or total quantity. Use the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus II to evaluate integrals.
  • Use the first and second derivatives to find graphical characteristics of functions such as extreme values and concavity.

Course Materials

  • Cengage WebAssign learning platform with the eBook must be purchased for the course. See Blackboard for complete instructions.  
  • A computer with a camera (either internal or external) is required.  Chrome books are not compatible.
  • A 4-function Calculator that does nothing more than multiply, divide, add, subtract and take square roots. (A 4-function calculator)  You may use the one on your computer.

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use WebAssign complete assignments. You will upload a pdf of your work for the exams. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach a single pdf file created from several pages.
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

  • The course content is organized by week for this semester.
  • Each week contains learning outcomes (objectives) videos and possible written assignments to complete and upload.  WebAssign homework is due throughout each week as well.
  • Exams, WebAssignments and written assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials.
  • YUJA will be used for taking exams in this online course.  A successful Practice YUJA is required by the due date in Blackboard.
What Should Students Do First?
  • Prior to the beginning of the course, students should read the syllabus carefully
  • Purchase access to the Cengage WebAssign homework with Ebook
  • Read the instructions for taking an exam with YUJA After being confident with the instructions: 
  • yuja-proctoring-protocol-2023.pdf
  • On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons” tab. Inside Lessons you will find all the required videos, and written assignments/activities for the week.
  • On the left side of the course menu, there is also a link to WebAssign where you will find your electronic homework and due dates.
  • An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab.


You will have access to:

  • UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard: It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.
  • Infobase provides online training solutions that answer "How do I do that?" questions through an extensive library of short, easy-to-understand video tutorials. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to stay on top of the latest technology applications and get answers to software questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Course Requirements/Expectations

  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will watch all videos for each section and any videos within WebAssign (as needed).
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week.
  • The instructor will check email daily for questions from students and answer them in a timely manner.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters. Your instructor may email you will individual notices, etc.  Please watch your university emails.


You are encouraged to post your questions about the course via email.  Take a snapshop of your work and state your question clearly. I will respond back to you within 24 hours during the week.  I will not be replying to emails on the weekend or late at night.

Discussion Forums, Blogs, & Wikis

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.

Assessment Summary

Assignment                                               Final Grade

  1. WebAssign Homework (20 pts each)                           30%
  2. Written Homework (20 pts each)                                 10%
  3. Midterm Exam                                                             30%   
  4. Final Exam                                                                   30%


Final Grade Scale

90% - 100%    A

80% - 89%      B

70% - 79%      C

60% - 69%      D

0% - 59%        F

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
5/15 chapter 2 & videos Functions & Limits WA 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Practice YUJA Test due Friday
5/22 chapter 3 & videos The Derivative & Differentiation WA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Practice YUJA Test Attempt 2,3
Written HW
5/29 chapter 3 & videos Differentiation WA 3.3
WA Chap 2 Review
Written HW
6/5 chapter 4 & 5 & videos Application of the Derivative
Exponential Functions
Derivative of Exponential Functions
WA 4.1,4.2, 4.3
WA 5.1
WA 5.4
Written HW
6/12 chapter 5 & videos Logarithmic Functions
Derivative of Logarithmic Functions
WA 5.2
WA 5.5
Written HW
6/19 chapter 6 & videos
The Antiderivative & Inital Value
Area & the Definite Integral
WA 6.1
WA 6.3,6.4
Review of 4.1-4.3,5.1, 5.4

Course Policies

Assignment Policy

  • Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in  WebAssign and Blackboard.
  • Late homework is not accepted.  No extensions are offered for any reason.
  • Only 4-Function Calculators are allowed during exams.  No Scientific or graphing calculators are allowed.

Class Participation

Students are required to login daily to the online class site. 


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within one week of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Michael Minotte. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.

Copyright Notice

Videos are the sole property of the University of ND and may not be shared or copied in any form.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

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If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

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It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

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The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

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Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).