Math 11: Calculus of one real or complex variable

Prof.'s Art Benjamin and Dagan Karp
Fall 2008


In this course we hope to study the beautiful, deep and totally awesome subject of calculus. We may pay special attention to topics typically not studied in detail in high school, such as complex numbers, Taylor series, and various methods of proof. For a more detailed view of the topics to be discussed, see the syllabus link above.


Art Benjamin
1263 Olin
Office hours: Tuesday 3-4 PM

Dagan Karp
1267 Olin
Office hours: Wednesday 3:30-4:30 PM


We encourage you to consult the wonderful tutors for this course, who work in conjunction with the Academic Excellence program. They hold office hours specifically for this course, and are located in the Linde Activities Center.


There is no official text for this course. However, you may wish to consult a standard text to supplement your course notes. One example of such is Calculus, by M. Spivak.


There will be two midterms and twice weekly homework. Each will count for one third of your grade.


Written homework will be due in class each Tuesday and Friday, and is posted on the link above. No late homework will be accepted. Each student's lowest homework score will be dropped. Please consult the HMC mathematics homework format guidelines for helpful tips on homework submission and formatting.


The first midterm will be in class on Friday, September 26. The second will be taken home on Wednesday October 15, to be due Friday October 17.

To get a sense of what may be expected on the midterm, see last year's, posted here.


Students interested in using LaTeX for homework typesetting may find Eric Malm's newly created Problem Set Class useful.

Web based tutorials

There are 13 web based tutorials to be completed by Sept. 26. Their purpose is to provide a calculus refresher. They can be found at


Students who need disability-related accommodations are encouraged to discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible.