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MTH 141 Calculus I - Spring 2005


Course Requirements

Required Texts: 

1)     James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus, Concepts and Contexts, 2e. Brooks/Cole (2001).

2)    Barrow, Belmonte, et. al., CalcLabs with Maple for Stewart’s Single Variable Calculus, Concepts and Contexts, 2e.  Brooks/Cole (2001).

Calculator: You will be required to have a programmable graphing calculator with you when you are in class and taking most exams.  See below for more information.

Computer: You will be required to do some assignments on a computer, using the computer algebra system, Maple.  The Maple software is available on computers in most of the URI computer labs.  There is a small lab in Tyler 101 in which assistants are available to help you with Maple assignments.  See below for more information.

Check this space for course announcements

Final Exam Friday 5/13 Common 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, BISC AUD


Reminder: Exam 1 – Thursday Feb 17

Practice for Exam 1  Solutions

Key to Exam 1

Reminder: Exam 2 – Thursday Mar 31

Practice for Exam 2  Solutions

Key to Exam 2

Key to Makeup Exam 2


Reminder: Exam 3 – Thursday May 5

Practice for Exam 3  Solutions

Key to Exam 3

Syllabus and core exercises from the texts: Click here

Evaluation Methods and Your Grade:  Three exams will be given outside of regular class hours.  These exams are common for all sections of this course and are scheduled as indicated below.  If it is necessary to change the time or location from what is listed below, an announcement will be given in the section above for course announcements and also in class.

Exam 1:  Thursday evening, Feb 17 at 6PM.  All sections meet in CHAFEE 271. 

Exam 2:  Thursday evening, Mar 31 at 6PM.  All sections meet in CHAFEE 271. 

Exam 3:  Thursday evening, May 5 at 6PM.  All sections meet in CHAFEE 271. 

For all exams, Please use alternate seating so that no two students are sitting right next to each other.

Final:  There will be a common final exam given during one of the Common Exam Slots in the final exam period. The exact date time of the final will not be determined until late in the semester.

Maple assignments:  You are expected to do all of the core maple exercises from the text, CalcLabs with Maple.  Your instructor may assign problems in addition to these and will let you know of his or her policy for handing in Maple assignments and specifics on how he or she will compute the “Maple assignments” portion of your grade. This will vary from section to section.

Homework and quizzes:  You are expected to do all of the core pencil and paper exercises from the text, Concepts and Contexts.  Your instructor may assign problems in addition to these and will let you know of his or her policy for handing in homework and specifics on how he or she will compute the “Homework and quizzes” portion of your grade. This will vary from section to section.

Grade:  Your grade will be based on the following point system.

Evaluation Method:

Possible points:

3 Exams

300 points

Final exam

200 points

Maple assignments

100 points

Homework and quizzes

100 points

Total possible points

700 points

If you earn:

Your grade will be at least:

420 points


500 points


570 points


640 points


General Information

Students with a disability (documented through Disability Services for Students, 330 Memorial Union) should see their instructor as soon as possible to work out reasonable accommodations.   

GOALS OF THIS COURSE:  This is the first in a series of three calculus courses for students of engineering, mathematics, science and other areas of study that require a strong mathematical background. In MTH 141 we shall explore the basic ideas of calculus: functions, limits, derivatives and integrals, and their applications to problems in physics, geometry, chemistry and biology. We will approach ideas and problems from algebraic, graphical, numerical, and verbal points of view.  It is a four-credit course with four classroom hours per week.  The fourth hour is not optional and should be considered an integral part of the course.

EXPECTATIONS and PREREQUISITES:  We expect that you have a good grasp of pre-calculus.  There will be a rapid review of pre-calculus at the start of the semester but it is expected that this material is already very familiar to you. We expect that you will devote at least 8 hours of your time, per week, to this course in addition to class time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this, on average, and still get a grade you'll like.  We expect that you know how to use your programmable graphing calculator or if not, will seek instruction in its use and learn the basics within the first two weeks of the course.  See below for more information.

ADVICE:  The key to success in this course is putting time into it outside of class. It is very important that you do all of the core exercises from both texts and make sure that you are doing them correctly.  Your instructor can help you during his or her office hours and has a copy of the Complete Solutions Manual, which should be used at his or her discretion.  Additional help with homework is available in the Academic Enhancement Center, fourth floor of Roosevelt Hall.

SPECIAL ADVICE FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD SOME PREVIOUS COURSE IN CALCULUS:  The approach to first semester calculus at URI, and the level of understanding and problem-solving ability we expect, may be significantly different from what you experienced elsewhere.  You might also find that things seem familiar for a time, but then get hard and new suddenly.  Beware.  It is advised that you put the same effort into this course that you would if you were taking it for the first time.

USE OF Maple:  This course will introduce you to the use of the computer algebra system Maple.   You can think of Maple as an extremely powerful programmable calculator that can do algebra and calculus computations as well as a wide range of 2d and 3d graphing.  At first you will learn to use Maple to do things you could, in principle, do by hand, but later in the course, and in subsequent semesters, you will use it and your understanding of calculus to solve problems that would be very tedious or difficult to do with just pencil and paper.  Maple is available on most campus computers.  You can also buy a student version for use on your own computer, but this is definitely not required.  Click here to find a guide that will help you get started with Maple.   

OTHER TECHNOLOGY IN CALCULUS:  We expect that you have a programmable graphing calculator and are familiar with its use.  The Quick Start guide that comes with your calculator should suffice for learning its basic use.  For further help, consult with your instructor and/or ask your classmates for guidance. Calculator use may be restricted on some exams since more advanced calculators, like the TI-89 can do some of the calculus computations that we expect you to learn to do with just pencil and paper.  You may be asked during the semester to enter some programs into your calculator.  The University of Arizona has some sample programs that you may use for this purpose for most of the different brands and models of calculators.  University of Arizona’s guide to programs for programmable graphing calculators.

Your text comes with a CD-ROM that has a variety of items you might find helpful.  The most important of these is connected to the problems in the text, which are numbered with red numerals on a beige background.  For these problems, you will find a sequence of hints on the CD-ROM, which you can use to assist you.  

You will find some very useful interactive programs to illustrate key calculus concepts at this site: Flash movies for calculus 

THE ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER: The work in this course can be difficult.  You can seek help at the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall.  AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check your understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk in anytime Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM, Fri 10 AM to 1 PM and Sunday 4 PM - 8 PM. For a complete schedule go to, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.


URI Civility Policy

The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class.