Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics

MTH132 (Applied Calculus - II)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt Hall 202C, 874-5095,

Math 132 course is the second semester of the calculus sequence intended primarily for students in the life sciences. It is different from the four-credit calculus sequence, Math 141-142, designed for students in the physical sciences, engineering, and math. The emphasis in Mth 131-132 will be on the theory and interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, and algebraic terms. Topics related to trigonometric functions, integration by parts and partial fractions, partial derivatives, infinite series. Applications to problems such as optimization, probability theory, simple differential equations. Prerequisite: MTH131.

MTH132 (section 01), TR 3:30 - 4:45 pm, Room: Pastore Hall, 122

TEXTBOOK: Hughes-Hallett, et al.,
Applied Calculus, 5th edition, November 2013, ©2014
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN-10: 1-118-71499-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-118-71499-7
WileyPlus online Homework System :
We will be using WileyPLUS online homework system in this course. To sign up for the WileyPlus system, you will need a WileyPLUS registration code. If you took MTH 131, you should be able to use your old code to register for this course as well. If you took MTH 131 before we began using WileyPLUS, you may need to purchase a code, but DO NOT DO THIS until you have tried unsuccessfully tried to register for the section. If you are having trouble registering, make sure to see me as soon as possible so that you do not fall behind. The web site to register WileyPlus is

A calculator (with memory, such as TI-83) is required. Technology will play an important role in this course and we will make extensive use of calculators; sure to bring your calculator to each class.

Homework plays a central role in the class and in your understanding of the material. It is fair to say that most of the learning that you achieve during any math course is from your homework. It is particularly true in Calculus, since the problems are often applications of the concepts in lecture, and include far less drill and routine than in a traditional calculus class. The quizzes will be based on the homework.

Because of the high level of knowledge that will be imparted and assessed during class time, attendance is highly recommended.

Make-up Exam:

Makeup exams will only be given to students with an acceptable excuse. The only acceptable excuses, religious holy day, family emergency, school sponsored event, job interviews, or sickness. All absences require documentation. For example, sickness, a doctor's excuse. You must let me know before the exam that you will not be able to take the exam in order to be given a makeup exam. All other absences will be given a zero for that exam. No exceptions! Makeup exams will be given at a time that is convenient for both you and me.

Illness Due to Flu:

The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify me at 874-5095 or of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The simple methods to avoid transmission of illness include: covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or <> . URI Health Services web page, <> , will carry advice and local updates. We do not want ill students in class spreading the virus. Students who become sick need to know that they have my permission to stay home and get better without incurring any penalty. Please be advised that ill students do not require to get a note from a health care provider.

Weather phone number:  (401) 874-snow or 874-7669.

Help With Your studies and homework:
Tutors are available at both the Providence and Kingston campuses. Check with them for specific hours. Also, you can make individual appointments with me. For this, contact me by phone, e-mail, or ask me during class.
I may help you with questions during office hours, or at other times by appointment. Also, I will try to answer questions sent by electronic mail as promptly as possible. Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible.

Civility Policy: .
The University of Rhode Island has adopted a civility policy regarding disruptive classroom behaviors. Disruptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that interfere with the learning and/or teaching process. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom include inappropriate talking during lectures or class discussions or in any manner interfering with other student's ability to have a quality learning experience. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will receive one warning without penalty. Continued incidents of disrupting the class will result in the initiation of removal procedures or the loss of a letter grade. Disruptive behaviors include cell phone and pager use. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, silent, and out of sight during classes, and you should not be checking for calls or messages during class (including "texting"). Common sense and common courtesy should govern classroom civility.

Grading Incomplete (URI regulations): .
  • 8.53.20. A student shall receive a report of "Incomplete" in any course in which the course work has been passing up until the time of a documented precipitating incident or condition, but has not been completed because of illness or another reason which in the opinion of the instructor justifies the report. An instructor who issues a grade of "Incomplete" shall forward a written explanation to the student's academic dean.
  • 8.53.21. The student receiving "Incomplete" shall make necessary arrangement with the instructor or, in the instructor's absence, with the instructor's chairperson to remove the deficiency. This arrangement shall be made prior to the following midsemester for the undergraduate student and within one calendar year for the graduate student.