Chris D. Lynd, M.S. Mathematics

Office Hours: Tues. and Thur. 4:00 - 5:00 Providence, Room 322

MTH 141            Fall 2012 Providence Campus

Calculus, 5th edition
Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, McCallum, et al
Wiley Publishing

Class link for Wiley PLUS Online Homework:

Below are documents that you should print out and put in your notebook.

Calendar of Due Dates
Pre-Calc Practice Exam
Worksheet: Optimization and Related Rates

Mathematica and Writing in Math Ch. 2
Mathematica Notebook 2.1
Mathematica Notebook 2.2
Mathematica Notebook 2.3
Mathematica Notebook 2.4
Mathematica Notebook 2.5

Mathematica and Writing in Math Ch. 3
Mathematica Notebook 3.1
Mathematica Notebook 3.2
Mathematica Notebook 3.3
Mathematica Notebook 3.4
Mathematica Notebook 3.5

Mathematica and Writing in Math Ch. 5
Mathematica Notebook 5.1
Mathematica Notebook 5.2
Mathematica Notebook 5.3
Mathematica Notebook 5.4
Mathematica Notebook 5.5

Grading Policy

Your final grade is the percentage of points earned out of 750 total points.

93% - 100% A
90% - 92% A-

87% - 89% B+
83% - 86% B
80% - 82% B-
77% - 80% C+
73% - 77% C
70% - 72% C-
67% - 69% D+
60% - 66% D
0% - 59% F

Your 750 points will come from the following:
Wiley Online Homework Assignments

50 points

50 points
Mathematica Projects

50 points
Language of Mathematics Projects

50 points
Pre-calculus Exam

50 points
Midterm 1

100 points
Midterm 2

100 points
Midterm 3

100 points
Final Exam

200 points


750 points

You are NOT allowed to use a calculator on quizzes, midterms, or the final exam.


Walk-in tutoring for math is located in rooms 201 and 205 in Lippitt Hall (Kingston) everyday from 12:00 - 6:00. There is a no appointment needed and it is FREE. There are laptops available so you can access Wiley Plus. Be sure to bring your notes and questions with you. The tutoring center is a great place to study with classmates and friends, prepare for exams, and review the material covered in lecture.



Mathematica is a powerful Computer Algebra System (CAS) that can perform the most complicated calculations and draw spectacular graphics at the touch of the button. Knowledge of software like Mathematica will help you in your future professional career as well as in understanding material in calculus and calculating solutions to computationally complex problems.

Dr. Pakula's website for Mathematica has links to introductory videos and basic worksheets. There will be three Mathematica assignments for the semester. The Main Library (Kingston Campus) and the Memorial Union computer labs will have computers with Mathematica installed on them. Lippitt Hall 205 also has laptops with Mathematica installed on them. Furthermore, you can get a student version for free.
Click here for instructions.

The Language of Mathematics

There will be three writing projects on The Language of Mathematics. You will be required to use Mathematica in the writing projects. Each project is designed to test your understanding of the concepts presented in Calculus. See the Course Calendar for due dates.

Course Description
MTH 141 is a demanding course for students in the STEM disciplines. In order to succeed in this course, you will have to put a lot of effort and time into each assignment. In this course we will cover the following:

Computation of limits by graphical, numerical, and algebraic methods, and the use limits and theorems on continuity to determine continuity properties of functions.

Computation of derivatives using difference quotients by graphical, numerical and algebraic methods, interpretation of derivatives as rates of change and as slopes of tangent lines, and the use theorems on differentiation (both for computation of derivatives or for properties of differentiable functions).

Determination of critical and inflection points of functions by graphical and algebraic methods, the use first or second derivatives to analyze monotonicity and concavity of functions, determination of local and global optima of functions.

Application of derivatives to the computation of limits computation of derivatives of functions defined implicitly.

Computation of Left-Sums and Right-Sums of functions given algebraically, in tabular form or graphically, and their use to approximate areas and integrals. Interpretation of integrals of rates of change as total change, the use theorems on integration to compute simple integrals, and to determine properties of functions given algebraically or graphically.

Click here to see the Learning Outcomes for this course.

Classroom Policies

Attendance is required, please arrive on time. If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of time via email. See the policy on Make-up Work.

At times, you will be expected to participate in class and to practice problems as a class. Be respectful of others in the classroom. No mobile phones, ipods, or any other personal electronic devices are allowed during class.

Due to the H1N1 situation, if you are sick, you should not come to class. Please notify me ahead of time, follow along with the syllabus, send any questions to me via email, and get healthy so you can come back to class. You will be allowed a reasonable amount of time to make up any work. Please see U.R.I.’s information regarding the H1N1 flu virus.
The link is:

Make Up Work
If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of time via email. If you do not notify me ahead of time, then you cannot make up the work and you will receive a zero for the assignment. If you cannot take a midterm exam at the regularly scheduled time, you must notify me ahead of time. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to re-take the exam and will receive a zero. Obviously, exceptions will be made in the case of an emergency. However, “I woke up and didn’t feel well” does not constitute an emergency – you need to send an email in a situation like this.

Students With Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability should contact me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Cheating is defined in the University Manual section 8.27.10 as the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in the University Manual 8.27.10 – 8.27.20.