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MATH-211 - Calculus I - Violeta Kovacev-Nikolic

Course:Calculus I
Professor:Violeta Kovacev-Nikolic
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello and Welcome!

As you probably already know, MATH 211 is the first part of the sequence of three calculus courses and represents an essential building block for further studies in STEM. It is a relatively fast-paced and challenging course that requires a solid foundation in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus. Students who attained mastery in these prerequisites and those who appreciate math and sciences usually enjoy furthering their knowledge, though they know that it takes time, hard work, and effort to attain success. I am excited to assist you on your path of learning the course topics during the upcoming term.

I look forward to seeing you in our first class (please be sure that you are present!).

Professor V. Kovacev-Nikolic

Course Description

Calculus I includes a variety of essential topics. We will start with the concept of the limit of a function, continuity, and derivatives, which we will use to find equations of tangent lines. The next segment of the course involves differentiation formulas and their applications, including rates of change and finding maxima and minima. We will also learn about implicit differentiation. All these tools will help us carry out detailed curve sketching. We will first introduce integrals using Riemann sums and their limits, then move away from this definition and learn how to evaluate integrals using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. We will apply integration to determine the area of a region enclosed between curves in the plane and then find volumes of three-dimensional figures obtained by rotating curves. At the end of the course, we will explore derivatives and integrals of logarithmic and exponential functions.

What to Expect in this Course


Your commitment is essential for your success. To stay on task, you will need to invest time and make an effort regularly and continuously. In general, you will need to spend about 2-3 hours per every hour of class time (which means 10-15 hours per week), or more, as needed. Please do your best to fulfill the following expectations:

  • Consistently attend classes: Regular attendance is required. Using the Zoom link on the left-hand side menu in Canvas, join a live session on time and stay until the end. Apart from the first day of class when no-show students are dropped (which allows waitlisted students to enroll), you may have two grace absences; please save them for true emergencies or illnesses. If you miss three class meetings, you may be dropped from the course unless there is a valid reason. Three late arrivals may count for one absence.

  • Participate in the class: Learning is more efficient when students are actively involved. During lectures, you will participate via chat. I also may ask you to provide answers verbally; there may be group work where you discuss relevant concepts with peers, solve problems and present results to the class.

  • Prepare before the class: To get the most of each class meeting, you should come prepared. Ideally, you should review the concepts and examples taught in the previous lesson. You may need to watch an introductory video, read the assigned portion of the eBook, or complete a short quiz before a class.

  • Review continuously: After each lecture, try to review your notes. Your learning and retention will be more efficient if you redo the class examples and read the relevant section in the eBook.

  • Complete assignments on time: Please stay on top of your tasks! To learn and retain, you should tackle your homework as soon as possible, ideally within a day from the class meeting.

  • Ensure you have access to WebAssign: A substantial portion of your homework assignments will be in WebAssign. This online learning platform includes an eBook and interactive problems with instant feedback and video tutorials. Without WebAssign, you will not be able to complete the required coursework and succeed in the course.

  • Take all exams: Supervised tests will be taking place during class meeting times on Campus. If that would not be possible (if there would be a change in health-related requirements), we will have online proctored tests. In that case, you will also need a secondary device (e.g., a smartphone or a tablet) to stream a video of your surrounding workspace and to scan and upload your written work to Canvas during a limited-time window after finishing the test.

  • Be proactive and seek help: During the semester, you are encouraged to ask questions, form or join a study group, attend office hours, and use tutoring services provided through the Learning Center (TLC) or MESA.

Technological Requirements

You will need to have some equipment to participate in online live classes and complete your assignments. More specifically:

  • You will need a computer (laptop, tablet, etc.), along with a webcam, microphone, and speakers. If you do not have a computer, please read the information about the Laptop Lending Program.

  • You will also need a reliable connection to the internet and a standard browser (Mozilla Firefox or Chrome).

  • You will use a secondary device (e.g., a smartphone) to scan your hand-written work and upload it to Canvas. If we need online exams, you may need a secondary device to stream your video via Zoom.

  • Access to WebAssign, which includes the course eBook and online homework.

Types of Assessments

Low-stakes formative assignments (e.g., quizzes, homework, and so on) will help you learn the course concepts and master the needed mathematical skills. Summative assessments (typically exams) will provide feedback on how well you understand and know the course concepts. More specifically, there may be any or all of the following:

  • Class participation (individual or group work)

  • Homework assignments

  • Quizzes

  • Review assignments

  • Projects

  • At least three midterm tests and a comprehensive final

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Title & Author:

WebAssign for Calculus by James Stewart (8th ed.)


9781337771399 (single term use, costs $76.55)

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URL by publisher:

Important notice: The course is enhanced with an online educational platform provided through WebAssign. Access to this resource can be purchased through the College of the Canyons Official Bookstore or directly from the publisher, which can be done through a link to access WebAssign in Canvas. WebAssign is required, and without it, you will not be able to complete the necessary coursework. Students who have already used WebAssign for Stewart Calculus can reuse the resource, though they may need to pay the price difference between the single and multi-term options.

Other Relevant Course Information

Laptop Lending Program

You may be able to borrow a laptop from COC and use it during the semester. To find out about this, please send an Email to and include the following information:

  • Full Name

  • ID number

  • Phone number

  • Address

You will also need to sign a Laptop Lending Agreement.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/22/2021 Sub#: 444