Course Syllabus

Math 265 - Syllabus Fall 2021 - 15580.pdf 
Course Description

The first Calculus course in a three-course sequence. Topics include: functions, limits, continuity, techniques and applications of differentiation and integration, mean value theorem, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite integrals.

Calculus is the study of how things change. It gives us a formal system to compare change, to describe change, and to analyze change. I will place an emphasis on the basic principles of Calculus and consistently ask you to refer back to these basic principles of Calculus in order to gain depth of understanding. This may be the first course for which you feel like you can’t practice or memorize your way through the material. Understanding is essential to application. It is never enough in mathematics to merely replicate procedures, you must be able to deftly use the basic set of Calculus tools to solve a variety of problems. The best Calculus students develop an intuition for the concepts through exploration and open-mindedness.

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites: Math 241 and Math 260

Instructor: Kristin Webster, Phd (Dr. Webster)  

Class Meetings:  MWF 8:00 – 9:40am via Zoom

Office Hours: Tu & Th 7:45 – 10:05am and Th 11:15 am – 12:05 pm via Pronto

 Final Exam: Friday, December 17, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00am

 Instructor Contact Info: email: ,  Canvas email or Pronto private message.

Zoom Classroom Policies:

  • It’s important that we all treat one another with respect and kindness in Zoom, just as we would in person. For any misconduct, I will report the incident to LASC’s disciplinarian.
  • These Zoom sessions are a great opportunity for us to interact, discuss, and learn together, and I’m looking forward to these meetings together!

Attendance Policy

Only students who have been admitted to the college and are in approved active status may attend classes. Attendance is strongly recommended but not required. There are no make-ups for missed class activities, tests or late assignments.  Students are responsible for announcements made in class in their absence including changes made to assignments or test dates.  

Students should attend every meeting of all classes for which they register. To avoid being dropped from class, students should contact the instructor via email when they are absent for emergency reasons.

An instructor may exclude a student who is absent for more hours than the class meets per week or 20% of the total class hours. In this class, students will be dropped for missing 3 consecutive Zoom meetings or 5 total Zoom meetings.  In addition, an instructor may equate three or more late arrivals or early departures from class as an absence for purposes of class attendance.  Please Note: Students who are pre-registered in a class and miss the first meeting may lose their right to a place in the class.  Students are responsible for dropping a class that they stop attending. If the class is not dropped, the student may receive an “F” in that class and be responsible for enrollment fee. Any drops or exclusions that occur between the 4th week and the 12th week will result in a “W” on the student’s record. Drops are not permitted beyond the 12th week. A grade (“A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “F”, “INC”, “P”, or “NP”) will be assigned to students who are enrolled past the 12th week even if they stop attending class. For further details, refer to “W” section of “Grading Symbols and Definitions.”


Textbook: Calculus, 11th Edition, Larson & Edwards.  ISBN: 9781337275347

Course Materials:  Paper, Pen/Pencil, Scientific Calculator, some type of device that enables you to upload documents, such as a scanner or cell phone camera. 


  1. Homework - Assignments will be posted on Canvas on Fridays. Homework will be uploaded weekly on Wednesdays – starting the second week of class.  Students are expected to complete all assigned problems but homework grades may reflect completion or grading of only a selection of problems. 
  2. Weekly Quizzes – Every Friday (other than test days) there will be a 20-30 minute quiz consisting of material from the previous weeks’ homework. The lowest quiz score will be dropped
  3. Attendance – Zoom meetings are required and quality of attendance will be graded. In order to get full credit, you must attend AND participate. There are up to 3 points per class for attendance and participation. A rubric will be posted on Canvas. Attendance grades will not be given on test days.
  4. Discussion Boards – You will be required to complete 5 Chapter related discussion boards which include a response to a prompt and also responding to at least two of your classmates. There will be a specific rubric posted for each discussion board based on that week’s requirements.
  5. Tests – 5 Chapter tests will be held periodically through the semester. Test dates will be posted on Canvas and are subject to change. No makeups permitted.
  1. Final Exam: Friday, December 17, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 am


Grading Scheme:


Attendance & Participation                   86 Points

Homework Assignments                     140 Points

Weekly Quizzes                                   100 Points

Tests (best 4 of 5):                               400 Points

Final Exam:                                        200 Points

Total:                                                  1000 Points


Grading Scale:

If your total is at least:   

Your grade is:

900 Points








Less than 600



Student Learning Outcome:


Upon completion of the course, a student will be able to:

1. Use and interpret derivatives algebraically, graphically, and numerically to model rates of change in application problems (for example, velocity, acceleration, population growth)

2. Use and interpret integrals algebraically, graphically, and numerically to model summation in application problems (for example, distance traveled, average value, and areas of geometric figures).

Tips for Success:

1. Students should plan on spending at least 8-12 hours studying and practicing problems outside of class.

2. It is never enough in math to only be able to get the answers. You must also work at understanding the underlying concepts as well. 

3. Find resources on the internet to help you understand. is my favorite for Calculus.  There are many others. 

4. Work in (virtual) groups whenever possible. This gives you opportunities to discuss and explain and get insights from your peers.  

5. Ask questions from your instructor or a tutor.

Student Resources:

  • NetTutor is 24 hour online tutoring help provided for multiple subjects for LACCD students through Canvas. Click on the “NetTutor” link on our Canvas page to access the service.
  • Tutoring is also provided via Academic Connections.

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Additional Information:

Disclaimer: Syllabus/Schedule subject to change.

Academic Honesty Policy:
Violations of academic integrity of any type by a student provide grounds for disciplinary action by the instructor or college. Violations of Academic Integrity include, but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one's identity for the purpose of enhancing one's grade. For more information on the Standards of Student Conduct refer to the college catalog available in hard copy and online at

Disability Support Services (DSS) Accommodation: Students with disabilities who seek academic accommodations should first promptly contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) office, Mariposa Hall, Room 100, (213) 763­3773,

  • Email DSPSLATTC@LATTC.EDU to make a request for accommodations. For more information, please refer to LACCD Administrative Regulation E­100 (“Criteria for Serving Students with Disabilities”).
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