Math 30B, Fall 2017, Harvey Mudd College
Prof. Orrison

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and techniques of differential and integral calculus of a single variable. We will focus on mathematical reasoning, rigor, and proof, while studying topics such as proof by induction, continuity, limits, infinite series, convergence tests, and Taylor series. The course also provides a brief introduction to multivariable calculus, addressing topics such as partial derivatives, and double and triple integrals.


Michael Orrison ("lastname", SHAN 3412.
Office Hours: Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM, Thursdays 1:30-2:30 PM, and by appointment (just email me).

Required Textbook

Calculus, 4th Ed. by Michael Spivak.


This course is graded on a HP/P/NC scale. There will be homework (20%), a midterm exam (20%), and a final exam (40%). The final 20% of your grade will be based on class participation and the higher of your midterm and final exam scores.

Note that your overall homework score will be the median (rather than the average) of your individual homework scores. You must, however, not receive more than three zeros. If you do, then your homework grade will be reduced by five percent for each zero.


You are encouraged to discuss the homework with your classmates, and you should acknowledge their assistance on your homework submissions. You are, however, expected to write up your solutions on your own and without any collaboration whatsoever, including copying from a common source (e.g., a whiteboard in Platt). When it comes to formatting your homework, please use the HMC Math Homework Guidelines.

Keep in mind that I know there is a solutions manual available for purchase for our textbook, and that you can easily find PDF copies of this and earlier versions of the manual online. So that you may adequately explore the material in Math 30B on your own, you may not use these manuals or any similar material at any time during the course without my permission. Doing so will be viewed as a violation of the Harvey Mudd College Honor Code.

Academic Accommodations

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, HMC students should contact Deborah Kahn (, our Coordinator for Student Disability Resources, as soon as possible. Students from the other Claremont Colleges should contact their home college's disability officer.