Summer 99
MTH 131 Applied Calculus I

Text: Hughes-Hallet, et. al., Applied Calculus, (Prelim Edition)
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)

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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.