MTH 131 Applied Calculus I |

Prerequisites: Precalculus, MTH 111 or equivalent

Calculuators: A graphing calculator is required. (TI-85 recommended but others may be suitable too.)

Instructor: L. Pakula (pakula@math.uri.edu)

P1 Section is currently full. |

CALENDAR and SYLLABUS:Information on homework problems

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**Evaluation**

At every meeting but the first and last there will be a
substantial quiz on the material
covered up to that time. At the last meeting there will a comprehensive
final exam. Homework will be assigned at each meeting. Some problems
will be collected
and graded, others will be discussed in class. You will receive detailed
instructions in class.
The quizzes will count 55 points, the final
30 points, and homework 15 points. Quizzes cannot be made up, but I will drop
the lowest grade allowing for one absence. Homework must be handed in class the day it is due. I will
also drop one homework grade.

**Tips for success:**

*Read the textbook!* An
important part of your mathematical education is acquiring the knack of
learning mathematics on your own, from books. You may not be used to
reading mathematics texts, but you will be actively encouraged to read
this one. Your instructor will let you know what to read for each
meeting. By reading the text before class you will have a better chance
of making good use of your time in class. Don't worry if you don't
understand everything. Ask questions in class and read the material
again later.

*Do the homework problems!*
The homework problems are the core of this course. An important purpose
of the
problems is to make you think through and master the ideas of the subject
so that you can confidently apply your knowledge in new situations. You
don't learn much from a problem you can do immediately. It is essential
that you devote adequate time attempting to solve each assigned problem.
Discipline yourself not to check the solution manual too quickly. While
you will certainly be able to do some problems very quickly, be willing to spend
an occasional half hour or more on a challenging problem. *You may
learn a great deal from honest hard work on a problem, even if you don't
succeed in solving it*. Read the text material *before* working on the
problems.