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Hector Plotquin

Calculus I: A Pathway to Calculus

Class Schedule & Dates
  • The purpose of Math 261 is to introduce the concepts of limit, continuity, derivative, and integral for functions in one variable.
  • We will use and interpret the derivative algebraically, graphically, and numerically to model rates of change in physical phenomena (e.g. velocity, acceleration, population growth) and in other quantifiable contexts (e.g. marginal analysis in economics, slope of a graph).
  • We will use and interpret the integral algebraically, graphically, and numerically to model summation in physical phenomena (e.g. distance traveled) and in other quantifiable situations (e.g. average value, net change).

Brigs Textbook CoverPrerequisites:  Math 260 with a grade of at least “C”, or equivalent.

Class Meeting Times Fall 2018: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays 11:10 am - 12:20 pm

Class Section Number Fall 2018: 20434

  • In this course I am using a hands-on learner-centered pedagogical approach that will require your participation, critical thinking, team building, and communication skills. 
  • This class is experiential in nature; you are an active learner rather than a passive note-taker
  • Learning requires interaction with your peers and mentors and to develop your communication skills
  • Learning involves to form and test conjectures and to develop your critical thinking
  • Group interaction and learning will foster engagement and motivation for success
  • My close monitoring of your performance provides you with the extra support you need to succeed
  • This class will significantly increase your quantitative reasoning ability to the level required to complete it successfully and fulfill your transfer requirements.

There will be five TESTS, weekly QUIZZES, and a comprehensive and mandatory FINAL EXAM. The lowest test score will be replaced by your final exam score if it is higher than your test score. No make-up exams will be allowed.

           GRADING                                                            SCALE

Tests                            50 %                                 90% - 100%                    A
Homework                     15 %                                 80% - 89.9%                   B
Quizzes                         15 %                                 70% - 79.9%                   C
Final Exam                     15 %                                 60% - 69.9%                   D
Participation                    5 %                                 0% - 59.9%                     F
Total                            100 %                                


The final examination is comprehensive. Consult the class Calendar and/or the Final Exam Schedule found in the LACC Class Schedule for the date and time of your final examination.

  • E-textbookCALCULUS, Briggs, Custom Edition or 2nd Edition.
  • MYMATHLAB Access Code: You can purchase an access code online at A free temporary access code good for two weeks is available . If you buy a new book at the LACC bookstore, the access code is packaged free.
  • 1½” three ring binder (for syllabus, class notes, quizzes, tests, and all other papers),
  • 8½” by 11” college ruled paper (make sure it’s the correct size),
  • 8½” by 11” graph paper (again check the size),
  • Expo® Chisel Tip Dry-Erase Markers (4-pack),
  • Eraser(s),
  • Highlighters (Yellow and one other color),
  • Pens (blue and red),
  • Pencil(s),
  • Ruler,
  • Scientific Calculator,
  • Stapler

Bring your book, binder, and all necessary supplies to class each session.



  • The key to learn math is to generate and answer questions. Read your notes and make a list of specific questions to ask in class; I will schedule time for questions and answers at the beginning of each class meeting. Plan on spending at least one to two hours per class meeting doing homework, studying the text, and reviewing your lecture notes; keep a list of the points you don't understand and write down questions; be sure you get answers to those questions in class or using the campus resources available.
  • Videos for every lesson are on the Mymathlab website. To watch a video lesson, login to Mymathlab and select Multimedia Library. There are videos for each section of the textbook. Video lessons are available all semester long. You are also encouraged to take notes from the video lessons. Use the video notebook pages found on the link below the Video Lessons.
  • Notes for every lesson are on the Mymathlab website. To work on class notes, select Video Notebook from Multimedia Library There are notes for each chapter of the textbook. Select the chapter you want; a PDF file appears with exercises for each portion of the corresponding video. Print the notes file and write the notes and examples out in your own style. Continue taking notes in class as the lesson is given and more examples are presented. Keep all the notes in your portfolio binder organized by date in a Notes section.
  • Enroll in Math 100 to use the π shop, FH 104, for one-on-one tutoring.
  • Drop in to the Learning Resource Center for tutoring.
  • Form a study group with two or three classmates and meet several times a week or on weekends in the LACC Library's quiet study rooms.
  • Ask me questions before, during, and after class, and ask your classmates as well.
  1. The student will determine all antiderivatives of a function.
  2. The student will graph a function using the first and second derivative test.


The time I have set for each chapter and schedule of tests is tentative and may change. Changes to the schedule may be made if and when necessary. I will announce any changes in class and it is your responsibility to keep abreast of them.


Homework will be assigned on a daily basis and posted on the Internet at the Mymathlab website. Each homework assignment will stay posted for one week only for you to complete it within that week. To earn full credit, you are required to document each homework assignment by working the problems on paper as follows:

  1. Do every assigned exercise in each chapter’s section
  2. Use 8½” by 11” college ruled paper
  3. Work each exercise in detail on paper
  4. Input the answers into Mymathlab for your grade   
  • You will find the MMLH assignments on the Internet at the Mymathlab website. Each MMLH assignment corresponds with the section lesson; work each exercise on paper and input your answer into Mymathlab. Keep this papers in a notebook, this is your portfolio. I may ask to see the portfolio throughout the semester.
  • Each MMLH assignment is posted the day before the lesson and is available for 7 days. You are encouraged to take notes from the video lesson and start on the homework as soon as it becomes available. All MMLH assignments are to be completed by 11:59 pm on their due date. MMLH assignments are reopened for reviewing one week before the test that covers those lessons. Homework assignments due dates are listed on the Mymathlab website. Keep your homework papers in the Homework section of your portfolio.
  • There is a Mymathlab Quiz (MMLQ) each week. The quizzes give you more practice with the objectives taught during the week. The quizzes also give you practice working problems without knowing if the answers are correct; in other words, taking a quiz is training you for taking the test.
  • Each quiz contains selected questions from each section covered during the week. Each quiz becomes available on Thursday and may be taken up to 5 times to improve your score. Each quiz may be taken/retaken until 11:59 pm on the following Wednesday unless holidays or other circumstances interfere. Check quiz due dates on the Mymathlab website.
  • Work each quiz exercise on paper and input your answer into Mymathlab. Keep your quiz papers in a Quiz section of your portfolio.
  • There are 5 major tests (MMLT) during the semester. There are no makeup tests. Consult the class Calendar for test dates.
  • Tests will be taken in the computer lab on the Mymathlab website. Show up to the testing room 15 minutes early on test day. Use the entire class time to work on the test problems. If you finish early, rework test problems and check answers for possible errors. Plan on staying 15 more minutes after the normal class time ends; you will be given as much extra time as is feasible.
  • Number the blue book pages. Question 1 will be worked and answered on page 1, question 2 on Page 2, etc. During the test, each question has its own page. Write each test problem on the appropriate page of the blue book. Blue books with missing or torn pages will not be accepted.
  • Work the test problem in the blue book showing all necessary steps. No points will be given for just an answer. NO WORK SHOWN, NO POINTS EARNED. Only your work will be graded. You must show work leading to the solution or else you will lose all points for that question.
  • For word problems, write down all formulas used to solve them. It is not necessary to write down the entire question on paper, display the information on a table instead.
  • For graphs on the x-y-axis, draw them in the blue book as well as in Mymathlab.
  • The final answer for each question must be written in the blue book and easily identifiable. Input the answer carefully into Mymathlab; be aware that a mistyped answer will be graded the same as an incorrect answer, zero points. MML homework and quizzes have given you plenty of practice inputting answers.
  • Penalty -5 points off your test score for turning in a blue book with pages not labeled correctly, missing final answer, or unreadable work shown.                                                 Keep your test papers in a Tests section of your portfolio.
  • Tests are taken on a large blue book. Write down the following on the front cover:
  1. Math 261 Section 20434                                                           Your Name
  2. Test date                                                                              Test #
  3. Instructor’s name                                                                   Grade %

This course has four class sessions per week. Attendance at all class sessions is required. Arrive to class on time. If you are not in your seat at the beginning of class, you will be marked tardy. If you are not in your seat within the first 30 minutes of class, you will be marked absent. 4 tardies will count as one absence. You will be given 0.25 points for each tardy and 1 point for each absence. When you reach 5 points you are eligible to be dropped from the class by the instructor. If you leave class early, you will be marked tardy. The instructor may drop you from the class with a point total between 4 and 8. When your attendance point total is greater than 8, you will be dropped from the class, if the instructor has not already done so. You may withdraw from the class up to Friday on the 12th week of the semester. After that, you will remain on the class roster and receive a letter grade for the class.


Please see the LACC Standard of Student Conduct for policies on plagiarism, expected behavior, grievances, and scholastic misconduct. Notice that I will not tolerate cheating in any form; if you are found to be cheating you will receive a zero for the assignment, you may also be suspended for the class, or receive a grade of “F” in the class. I will not accept any activities that in any way disrupt other student’s learning; if your behavior disrupts the class I will report you to the college’s disciplinary office. Please note that food/drinks are not allowed in class.


 A “W” grade now counts as one of your 3 attempts for this class. For spring 2019, the deadline to drop without a “W” is Monday, February 18.  If you must drop a course, drop before the specified deadline to avoid a grade of "W." Dropping after Week 2 will result in a “W” on your transcript.  Effective Fall 2012, students will only have 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a "W" or grade of "D", "F", “I”, or "NP" in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student’s past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. Therefore, before the end of Week 2 you should carefully consider if you can reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load). If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by Sunday, May 5.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to me.  You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center located in Student Services.


Students with a verified disability who may need a reasonable accommodation for this class are encouraged to notify me and contact the Office for Special Services located in Student Services building, 323-943-4000 x2270 as soon as possible. Your information will remain confidential. Please make arrangements for your five tests all at once; students are required to email me at least two days before each test to provide me with the test starting time arranged with the OSS office; failing to do so will result in your accommodation request being declined.


Hector Plotquin
Mathematics Department
FH Room 101-F
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2827

 Office Hours

Monday - Wednesday:  10:45 - 12:30pm

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911