Math 141: Calculus I, Fall 2019

University of Rhode Island

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Mathematica projects

The links below contain the first and second Mathematica projects (due Friday, November 8 and Friday, December 6, respectively) and helps for getting started with Mathematica. Please see your section instructor with questions, and make sure to read the instructions to the project carefully. These will be the only two Mathematica projects during the semester.

Exam preparation

To give you an idea of what the your midterm exams and final exam may look like, the links below take you to copies of midterm exams, solutions, and additional practice problems for MTH 141 from this and past semesters. Please keep in mind that your upcoming exams will be different, perhaps in (but not limited to) the way questions are asked or the topics on which the exam focuses. These links are meant to give you one way of testing your preparation, but by themselves they give no guarantees of what the remaining exams this semester will be like.

Course Description and Goals

Math 141 introduces the study of calculus. Topics discussed in the course include functions and their graphs, limits, the derivative, applications to finding rates of change and extrema and to graphing, the integral, and applications. The further study of calculus takes place in MTH 142 (Calculus II) and MTH 243 (Calculus for Functions of Several Variables).

The main goal of Math 141 is to prepare students for further study in mathematics, basic sciences, or engineering by introducing them to fundamental ideas used in measuring change and limiting behavior of functions, including limits, derivatives, and integrals, as well as techniques of differentiation and how to apply these to solve real-world problems. Along the way, you will develop new skills in problem solving and critical reasoning. More detailed goals for the course can be found below.

MTH141 Calculus 1 satisfies the URI General Education Requirements A1 and B3.


Calculus: Single Variable, 7th edition

Deborah Hughes-Hallett, Andrew Gleason, William McCallum, et al.

ISBN: 1119379334
ISBN-13: 978-1119379331

You will need a WileyPLUS access code!

This comes with new textbooks in the bookstore. You can also buy a code directly from Wiley. The account you set up with Wiley for the MTH 141 text may be used again, without extra charge, in MTH 142 sections that use this same textbook.

Course Schedule

An approximate schedule for the semester may be found here.

Course Sections

Sec.InstructorMeeting TimesClassroom
0001Erika FioreT/Th 8:00-9:15; W 8:00-8:50Avedisian 240
0002Jake SmithT/Th 8:00-9:15; W 8:00-8:50Lippitt 205
0003Madhav SharmaT/Th 9:30-10:45; M 9:00-9:50Swan 311 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (M)
0004Michael BarrusT/Th 9:30-10:45; W 9:00-9:50Lippitt 205
0005Gregory LeclercT/Th 11:00-12:15; M 11:00-11:50Swan 203 (T/Th), Lippitt 205 (M)
0006Juhyung LeeT/Th 11:00-12:15; M 11:00-11:50Quinn 314 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (M)
0007Juhyung LeeT/Th 12:30-1:45; M 12:00-12:50Quinn 104 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (M)
0008Madhav SharmaT/Th 12:30-1:45; W 12:00-12:50Swan 203 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (W)

How to succeed in Math 141

Math 141 is a challenging course, but you can succeed -- it just takes hard work and persistence. Here are some things you can do to help yourself out:


The course grade will be based on three midterm exams, online homework (administered by WileyPLUS), Mathematica homework, section-specific classwork, and a final exam.

Grade Breakdown
Three midterm exams42%
WileyPLUS homework12.5%
Mathematica homework7.5%
Final exam28%
Grading Scale
A92% and above
A-90% - 91%
B+87% - 89%
B82% - 86%
B-80% - 81%
C+77% - 79%
C72% - 76%
C-70% - 71%
D+67% - 69%
D60% - 66%
F59% and below


Homework for this course will be submitted through the online system WileyPLUS. WileyPLUS requires a registration code, which comes with each new copy of the textbook. If you wish to purchase a used textbook, you may also buy a registration key directly from Wiley. You are responsible for registering for WileyPLUS in a timely fashion. Please note that Wiley offers a grace period, in which you can get immediate access to the text and homework at no charge and pay online for the semester's access within two weeks.

WileyPLUS Signup Links

0001Erika Fiore
0002Jake Smith
0003Madhav Sharma
0004Michael Barrus
0005Gregory Leclerc
0006Juhyung Lee
0007Juhyung Lee
0008Madhav Sharma

Please work through each homework assignment as soon as possible after the relevant lecture! If you wait until the last minute, you risk running into technical problems that may keep you from finishing on time. In addition, working through the homework immediately will reinforce your understanding of the material and is a great way to study. You won't save any time by putting it off, so you might as well do it right away!

Late homework submissions will be accepted for two days after the deadline at a 20% penalty and through the end of the semester at a 50% penalty.


This class will have three midterm exams and one final exam, with the following dates, times, and locations. More information on exams will be given closer to the first exam.

Midterm #1Tuesday October 1, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Midterm #2Tuesday October 29, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Midterm #3Tuesday December 3, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Final ExamMonday December 16, 8-11 AMChafee 271

General Exam Policies

Makeup Exam Policy

Makeup exams may be given for students who miss an exam due to an emergency or to an approved scheduling conflict (see below). Makeup exams must be scheduled after the original exam and will be administered as soon as is reasonably feasible.

If you miss any exam due to illness or emergency, you must contact your instructor within 24 hours. If you know that you will need to miss an evaluation due to religious observances or University-sanctioned events (including another class's exam), then you must contact your instructor at least 48 hours before the relevant evaluation.

In all cases, absences must be documented. Failure to provide documentation for an absence will result in a grade of zero for the exam.

Academic Accommodations

Accommodations for Special Needs

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 require the University of Rhode Island to provide academic adjustments or the accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The student with a disability shall be responsible for self-identification to the Disability Services for Students in the Office of Student Life, providing appropriate documentation of disability, requesting accommodation in a timely manner, and follow-through regarding accommodations requested. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for any special needs and the instructor's responsibility to accommodate them with the assistance of the Office of Disability Services for Students.

Any student with a documented disability should contact their section instructor as early in the semester as possible so that they may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098.

Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.

Course Goals

The goals of the course are:

  1. Provide an introduction to one-variable Calculus, which is essential to natural and mathematical sciences, engineering and other areas.
  2. Expose students to mathematical concepts and provide mathematical skills needed in their area of specialization.
  3. Provide a bridge for the student from high-school or lower-division mathematics courses to upper-division mathematics.
  4. Help students to become effective mathematics problem solvers, specifically help them to

Math 141 Learning Outcomes

MTH141 Calculus 1 satisfies the URI General Education Requirements A1 and B3.

At the end of the course, the student should be competent in the following areas: