MTH 131 Applied Calculus I-Spring 2003

About the course Evaluation Schedule and Syllabus Exams dates and locations
Practice for Exams Projects Solutions to Focus on Practice Solutions to homework
Tips for Success Calculus Web sites
Tutoring Applet GRAPH Deriv
Programs for Calculators

Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with your instructor as soon as possible.

Text:Applied Calculus, Second Edition, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, Lock, Flath, et al.

Calculators:  You will need a graphing calculator for this course.  If you already have one and are comfortable using it, you needn't buy another one.  We recommend the TI-83, or TI-86 if you do not currently have a calculator.

Calculators may not be permitted for some class quizzes and for parts of  exams.  Storage of  unauthorized information in calculator memories during exams will be considered cheating.

Acrobat Reader:   To make effective use of the course web-site from your personal computer you will need
to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.  You probably have it already, but if not, it is available free of charge from the following site: Adobe Acrobat Reader

About the course: This is a calculus course for students of life sciences and other areas. The main emphasis will be on the interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, algebraic as well as practical terms. The authors of the textbook have gone to great lengths to fill the book with many exciting, realize examples which show how calculus concepts appear in life sciences and other areas. The main topics of the course are differentiation, integration and applications.

Evaluation: All sections of this course will take the same exams.

There will be three exams given outside of class on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM on the following dates:
    Feb 26, Apr 2, April 30.
A comprehensive final exam will be given during the final exam period. Locations will be announced in class. Course grades will be calculated according to the following distribution:

Three exams at 100 points each........  300 pts

Quizzes / homework / classwork*....... 120 pts

Projects................................................   30 pts

Final Exam............................................ 150 pts

TOTAL.................................................. 600 pts

* Note: your instructor will give details in class about quizzes, homework, and class work.


Exam 1:  Wed Feb 26, 6 PM.
Exam 2:  Wed Apr 2, 6 PM.
Exam 3:  Wed Apr 30, 6 PM.

Locations - Report to the appropriate room for your section.  You will meet in the same room for all three exams.

FGTY 214 - Seats 90 -----   Section 05 Libis and Section 06  Briden

PAST 124 - Seats 193 -----  Section 01 Eaton and Sections 03 and 04 Thoma

Tyler 106 - Seats 40 -----    Section 02 Rudert

Practice Problems for Exams

Practice for Exam 1        Solutions to Practice for Exam 1           Key to Exam 1

Practice for Exam 2         Solutions to Practice for Exam 2          Key to Exam 2

Practice for Exam 3        Solutions to Practice for Exam 3           Key to Exam 3


There will be 1 group project assigned.    Read the Guide before getting started on your projects.

Project 1 - More info to come.

Solutions to homework:

The Instructors Solution Manual is on reserve in the library.  Bring your student ID with you to request it from the reserve desk.  Use the Call#:  "MTH132 Personal".  Also, please keep it in that same room while using it so that others who want to use it can find you.

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.

Come to Class . Your instructor will inform you of the attendance policy for your section.

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, 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.

The Exams will reflect the variety of the homework problems. Do not expect to be asked merely to solve homework problems with the numbers changed. The best way to prepare for the exams, and to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems, is to work on the homework problems as suggested. Your class may be slightly behind or ahead of the syllabus at any given time. Some problems may be done in class or as homework, as your instructor chooses.

MTH 131 Calendar and Syllabus-Spring 2003

Note that the sections which meet on MWF will be one section behind until the week of February 17 when they meet 3 times and the TR sections will meet only once.
JAN 20 CLASSES START JAN 21 1.2   applet 1,3,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21

1.3 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,19,27
JAN 27
1.5 3,5,7,13,15,19

1.6 1-15 odd, 21,23,25,27,31

1.7 1,3,5,7,9,11,17
FEB 3 Section 1.8 is not covered entirely 1.8 1,3,7,9,11

1.9 1-11 odd, 15,17,21,25,27,39

1.10 7,9,11,17,19,21,23,25,27

Focus on Modeling - regression pages 79-82 1,3,9,15
FEB 10 Focus on Modeling - compound interest pages 86-87 1,3,5,9

Focus on Theory - limits pages 91-92 1,3,13,15,17,25,27

2.1 1,3,7,11,17,19,21,23
FEB 17 No Classes Feb 17 2.2 1-5, 7-13 odd, 19,21,23,25,27

Mon classes meet Tues 2.3 1-7 odd
FEB 24 EXAM 1 Wed. FEB 26 @ 6pm REVIEW

2.4 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,21,23

Focus on Theory  pages 133-134 3,5,7,9,11,25,27,29
3.1 1-27 odd, 29,35,39

3.2 1-21 odd, 31,33


MAR 17
3.3 1-29 odd, 31,33,39

3.4 2,3,4,111-31 odd, 33,35,37

3.5 1-19 odd, 23
MAR 24 Focus on Practice pages 163-164 All odd

Last Day to Drop - Tues Mar 25 4.1 1,3,9,11,13,15,19,25

MAR 31 EXAM 2 - Wed April 2@6pm REVIEW

4.2 1-5,7,9,11,17,19,21,27

4.3 1,3,5,7,11,13,19,21
4.4 1-5,7,11,12,16,26

4.7 1,3,5,9,13

4.8 1,3,7,9
APR 14
5.1 3,7,11,13,15,17

5.2 1,3,7,9,11,13,15,23

5.3 1-11 odd, 15,17,23,25,27
APR 21
5.4 1,3,5,7,9,13,17

5.5 3,9,11

6.1 1,3,7,9
APR 28 EXAM 3 - Wed April 30@6pm REVIEW

7.1 1,5,9,13,17,25,29,33,37,41,43

7.3 1,3,5,13,25,31,33