Course Information:

Course: Math 108 Calculus I
Professor: Valentin Zakharevich
Office: Krieger 218
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4 or by appointment
Textbook: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (8th Edition), James Stewart

Section Lectures Recitation TA TA Office Hours
1 MWF 10:00-10:50 Gilman 132 T 1:30-2:20 Bloomberg 168 Xiyuan Wang M 1-2 in Krieger 202 and
2 MWF 10:00-10:50 Gilman 132 T 3:00-3:50 Hodson 305 Xiyuan Wang M 7-8 in Krieger 213
4 MWF 11:00-11:50 Gilman 132 TH 4:30-5:20 Hodson 216 Joseph Klein TH 5:30-6:30 in Krieger 207
5 MWF 11:00-11:50 Gilman 132 TH 3:00-3:50 Ames 218 Cassidy Speller TH 7:30-8:30 in Krieger 207


The topics covered in this course include limits, derivatives and integration. The official department syllabus for this course can be found here.

You are expected to read the sections of the book before they are discussed in class. I will lecture with the assumption that everyone is familiar with definitions and basic ideas. This way, we can have more engaging discussion during class and you can ask questions about aspects you find more challenging.

Class Rules

No cell phone use in class.


Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis and will be due at the start of the lecture (mostly on Fridays). Late homework will not be accepted, but at least 2 lowest homework grades will be dropped. The assignments will be posted on the schedule page at least a week before it is due.

Write your section and the name of the TA on the front page and staple your work. Homework submissions must be well organized and legible.

Your homework is expected to be detailed and show the thought process that went into arriving at the solution. Richard Brown has written a great guide on writing up homework problems that I highly recommend you read and take to heart.

You are encouraged to discuss homework problems in groups, but each student MUST write their own solutions. Copying is not allowed.

Grading Policy

Homework - 20%
Mid-terms- 40%
Final- 40%

F D D+ C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A A+
[0,60) [60,67) [67,70) [70,73) [73,77) [77,80) [80,83) [83,87) [87,90) [90,93) [93,98) [98,100]


There will be no makeup exams. If you miss a mid-term exam and you have a valid excuse, the grade for it will be calculated as the average of the other two exams. Missed midterms without an excuse will count as 0.

Useful resources

PILOT program
Math Help Room at Krieger 213
Learning Den
Learning Den Presentation
Academic Advising

JHU Ethics Statement

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of student conduct (or designee) by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 410-516-8208 or via email at For more information, see the Homewood Student Affairs site on academic ethics:
or the e-catalog entry on the undergraduate academic ethics board:

Students with Disabilities

Any student with a disability who may need accommodations in this class must obtain an accommodation letter from Student Disability Services, 385 Garland, (410) 516-4720, To arrange for testing accommodation, remind the instructor and provide the letter from the Student Disability Services no later than 7 days before each exam.

Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health

If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health related concerns, please consider visiting the JHU Counseling Center. If you are concerned about a friend, please encourage that person to seek out their services. The Counseling Center is located at 3003 North Charles Street in Suite S-200 and can be reached at 410-516-8278 and online at