MTH 141 Introductory Calculus and Analytic Geometry
FALL 2008 - Course Webpage

Department of Mathematics
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881-0816Phone: 401.874.2709, Fax: 401.874.4454

Course Syllabus

Course Materials

Course Content

Guide for Grade Evaluation

Graphing Calculators

Calculator Policy for exams

Common Exam dates, times, and locations

Online Homework System

Tutoring Center

Sections 2 and 8

Section 4

Sections 5 and 6

Practice for Exam 1Sol

Instructions for Exam 2

Practice for Exam 3

Practice for the Final


Solution Key for Exam 1, va,vb

Solution Key for Exam 1, vc

Solution Key for Exam 2

Solution Key for Exam 3 va

  Students with Disabilities



Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3




Friday 12/12 7-10PM Edwards Auditorium


Required Materials

Text: Calculus 4e, by Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, McCallum, et al., Wiley Pubs.

Calculators: A graphing calculator is required.  The TI-83 or TI-84 is recommended

And an access code to WileyPlus, online homework system


Course Content

MTH 141 is a demanding course for students in the STEM disciplines.  In order to succeed in this course, you will have to work systematically and hard.   In this course, the derivative is introduced.  Formulas for finding derivatives are derived and used to solve problems, including optimization and related ratesproblems.  The definite integral is introduced along with several interpretations.   The highlight of the course is The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.


Exams and Evaluation

There will be three evening exams given on Thursday evenings in Chafee 271, from 6:00-7:30, common for all sections.  The exam dates are 9/25, 10/23, and 11/20.


The alternate test time and locations for Exam 1 will be:

Wednesday 09/24/2008 W 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM in PASTORE 124 and in Quinn Auditorium.

You are eligible to take exam 1 during the alternate test time if you have a conflict with another exam on 9/25.

Secions 002, 004, 006, 008, report to Room 124, Patore, and Sections 001, 003, 005, 007, report to Quinn Auditorium.

A comprehensive final exam will be given at a time to be announced later.  

Each evening exam is worth 100 points. The final exam is worth 200 points. Class work, including quizzes, homework, and any work your instructor may assign and Maple assignments will be worth 200 points. The particular breakdown of these points will be given by your instructor. As explained in the next section, Maple is a powerful computer algebra system that we'll use in this course.

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator is required for class and for use on the exams, however there will be one portion of Exam 2 for which no calculator is allowed.  The TI-83 or TI-84 is recommended. The manual that came with your calculator has a section called "Quick Start". Complete this section to become familiar with some of the standard features of you calculator. For this course, we will adhere to the same calculator policy that is used on the Advanced Placement Exams. Follow the link below.

Calculator Policy for Exams

You will be asked to enter programs into your calculator during the semester. One allows you to estimate the values of definite integrals. You can find graphing calculator programs and information about entering programs into your graphing calculator at the following website.

Calculator Programs - University of Arizona


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 buy a new copy of the textbook at the URI Bookstore, a registration code for WileyPLUS will be included with the book at no additional cost.

If you have a used copy, you will need to purchase a WileyPLUS code separately. The cost of a registration code at the Wiley site: WileyPLUS is about $50. If you buy a new copy of the book from some other source, make sure it includes the WileyPLUS registration code.

Your instructor will give you a URL where you will be able to sign up for the WileyPLUS system. The URL is unique to your section of MTH 141, so do not sign up for WileyPLUS until you decided which section of MTH 141 your are taking and you have registered for that section. You instructor will tell you which homework assignments you will be required to complete and their due dates.

WileyPlus Handout

Maple Assignments

Maple is a powerful computer algebra system that can perform the most complicated calculations and draw spectacular graphics at the touch of the button. Knowledge of software like Maple should help you in your future professional career as well as in understanding material in calculus and calculating solutions to computationally complex problems.

Read Below about Maple assignments Fall 2008

The link to your first Maple assignment is given below. After reading the assignment, open a new maple worksheet on a machine that has Maple installed on it. Computers in the Library and the Memorial Union computer labs have Maple installed on them. You can buy a student version online from if you prefer to work on your own computer.

Maple Assignment #1 - Your instructor will give you the due date for this assignment.

Don't expect the lab monitors to be able to help you with Maple, it isn't their job to do so. To get help with Maple, you can either

1.) see your instructor or

2.) visit the Tutoring Lab in Lippitt. See the tutoring lab schedule for location and times.

In either case, if you have a worksheet that you started and are having trouble completing, bring it with you on a flash drive when you go to get help.

Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability should contact your instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations with you to support your success in this course. 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.