Spring 2003
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Some Web resources for calculus Tips for success Note to those who have taken calculus before
  link to applets
MTH 141 
Calculus I 

Text:     Hughes-Hallet, et al., Calculus, 3rd Edition
Supplements:     Cheung, et al., Getting Started with Maple
     Hughes-Hallett, et al.,  Student Solutions Manual
Prerequisites:     MTH 111 or equivalent
Calculators:     A graphing calculator is required.  The TI-86 is recommended.

Course Information

MTH 141 is a demanding course for students who may later be using calculus professionally. In order to succeed in the course, you will have to work systematically and hard.  See Tips for success.

Click here for CALENDAR and SYLLABUS: Information on the material covered, homework problems, etc..

To reach your instructor, check the list of Math Faculty   or    Math Graduate students.

Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with your instructor as soon as possible.

Help Available

In addition to your instructor's office hours, the Mathematics Department has an extensive system
of walk-in help sessions scheduled in Roosevelt Hall. As soon as the help is available, you will be
able to find the schedule by clicking on the link below:

            Schedule of tutoring hours in Learning Assistance Network

Our Maple and WeBWorK helpers will be available at the Mathematics Department CyberLab,
Tyler Hall, Room 101. The schedule will be posted below:

            Schedule of Maple and WeBWorK Helpers at the CyberLab

Exams and Evaluation

There will be three evening exams given on Wednesday evenings, from 6-7:30, common for all sections, on the weeks indicated in the syllabus.  A comprehensive final exam will be given at a time to be announced later. Each evening exam is worth 100 points. The final exam is worth 200 points. Class work, including quizzes, homework, and any work your instructor may assign, is worth 100 points. Your Maple assignments will be worth 100 points. As explained in the next section, Maple is a powerful mathematical software package that we will use in this course.
Test 1 100 pts
Test 2 100 pts
Test 3 100 pts
Final Exam  200 pts
Homework/Quizzes 100 pts
Maple assignments 100 pts
Total 700 pts

  Room  assignments for our three Wednesday evening tests will be posted here:

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 2/26/03,

TEST 2::
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 4/02/03,

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 4/30/03,

NOTE: The common final exam is at a special time and place; it does not follow the usual final exam schedule.

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator is required for class and for use on the exams, although there may be parts to the exams that do not allow use of the graphing calculator.  The recommended model is the TI-86.  For the most part, you will learn to use our graphing calculator by using it to do mathematics.  There are, however, some fundamental operations you should become familiar with before you do anything else.  The manual that came with your calculator is an excellent source for this preliminary work and you will depend on it to give you this jump start.  If you are using the TI-86, you should read the section entitled TI-86 Quick Start.  It may help to turn on your calculator and reproduce the activity on your own calculator as you read the section.  Those of you with other models of calculators, look for a similar section in the manual that comes with your calculator.


Try out these applets.

Professor Pakula's applet

Major G. Heath's web page

Applet by D. Eck
for this one, scroll down to see the button for the applet under: TRY THIS

Maple Assignments

Maple is a powerful computer algebra system that can perform the most complicated calculations and draw spectacular graphics at the touch of the button. Knowledge of software like Maple should help you in your future professional career as well as in understanding material in calculus.

Our work with Maple will be organized into Maple Worksheets. You will be able to download the worksheets from this web page at any of the URI computer labs or to your home computer if you have a personal copy of Maple. Student Edition of Maple 6 is readily available at bookstores and over the Internet. The student edition is reasonably priced and you may choose to purchase it for your convenience. If you already have a copy of Maple Release 5, you will be able to use it. We will make sure that our worksheets are compatible with Release 5.

There will be help with Maple available at one of the URI computer labs. The hours and names of people who will be helping you will be posted on this page as soon as they are scheduled. There is a system that will allow you to submit your Maple homework electronically.

Maple Worksheets

Below are instructions that you may find helpful when getting started with your first Maple assignment.

Below is a list of Maple worksheets for Calculus I. Your instructor will tell you which of them  will be assigned as your Maple homework.  Others may be added to this list. 

If you open a worksheet with Maple 7, the program will ask you if you want the worksheet updated to Release 7 of Maple. Click on "YES".  The following worksheets will help you get aquainted with maple.  They are not suitable to hand in for homework.

  Your instructor will assign some of the following and give you details as to which ones you may choose, and when they are due to be submitted.

Tips for success

Attend class and do all your homework. That's it!  That is the secret to success in calculus!  Here are a few more related tips.