**Course introduction**

- Welcome, introductions, and class description
- What’s a model?
- What’s calculus?
- What’s a function? A family of functions?
- Why use computers?

**Before class**

- Read Macalester’s document Which Calculus Class Should You Take?
- Try to login to RStudio
- Try to login to piazza. If successful, reply to the post “Introduce yourself” with your own self-introduction.
- Begin reading the Preface of StartR.

**In class**

- Answer questions about the course, including placement in calculus
- Math modeling activity
- Take a first look at R for calculations (section 1 of StartR).