MTH 131 – Applied Calculus I

Fall 2017

 

 

Course Description

 

Basic topics in calculus for students who do not need all the topics in MTH 141. Limits, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, logarithmic, and exponential functions. Applications including graphing, maxima and minima problems, etc. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: passing a placement test or C- or better in MTH 111. Not for major credit in mathematics. Not open to students with credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141. (A1) (B3)

 

 

 

Course Sections

 

Section

Day

Time

Locale

Instructor

0001

MWF

10-10:50 A.M.

White Hall 202

Erin Denette

0002

MWF

12-12:50 P.M.

Pastore Hall 122

Erin Denette

0003

MWF

9-9:50 A.M.

Morrill Hall 215

Ayse Sharland

0004

TuTh

8-9:15 A.M.

Washburn Hall 316

Sarah Van Beaver

0005

TuTh

12:30-1:45 P.M.

Quinn Hall 211

Ayse Sharland

0006

TuTh

12:30-1:45 P.M.

Pastore Hall 122

Charles Faella

0007

MWF

12-12:50 P.M.

Woodward Hall 216

Ayse Sharland

0008

MWF

9-9:50 A.M.

Pastore Hall 350

Albert Gerheim

0009

TuTh

8-9:15 A.M.

Washburn Hall 219

Charles Faella

0010

MWF

12-12:50 P.M.

Morrill Hall 323

Joseph Erickson

 

 

 

 

 

Textbook and Required Materials

 

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TEXTBOOK & ONLINE HOMEWORK

Applied Calculus (Fifth Edition) by Hughes-Hallet et. al. with WileyPLUS Online Homework Access Code

 

CALCULATOR

 

A graphing calculator is required. Be sure to bring your calculator to class and to regular exams.

 

 

 

 

Course Calendar

 

An approximate schedule for the course can be found here.

 

 

 

Grading

 

Final grades will be based on class assignments, online WileyPLUS homework, three night exams, and a comprehensive final exam at a date/time/locale TBA. Total points is 660 with points distributed as follows:

Precalculus Enhancement Project

60 points

WileyPLUS Online Homework

75 points

Class Assignments

75 points

Exams

100 points  each

Final Exam

150 points

 

There is no alternative credit in this course. Assignments will not be graded on a curve nor will any extra credit be made available.

 

 

Letter Grade Distribution

 

Final grades will be determined according to the following scale.

 

93-100    A

73-76.99 C

90-92.99 A-

70-72.99 C-

87-89.99 B+

67-69.99 D+

83-86.99 B

60-66.99 D

80-82.99 B-

0.0-59.99 F

77-79.99 C+

 

 

 

PreCalculus Enhancement Project

 

During the first regularly scheduled class, all students will take a gateway exam. The gateway exam consists of 20 precalculus problems to be completed within 45 minutes. There is no partial credit, and the exam is graded as either pass or fail. If you fail or miss the gateway exam, you will be automatically recruited to the Precalculus Enhancement Project (“MTH131-PCE-Fall2017” set up in Sakai).

Scoring. If you pass the gateway exam, you will receive 60 points, counted to the overall point total for this course. If you do not pass or miss the gateway exam, you will be added to the PCE project. This project will offer you six mini online lessons which afford you the opportunity to enhance your precalculus skills and earn up to 60 points through six corresponding 10-point online quizzes. All the points from these six quizzes will be counted toward the PCE portion of your overall course points.

Since 60 points of the total available 660 points is over 9% of the total points, not passing the gateway exam and not taking the PCE project would lower your final course grade by approximately a letter grade.

Purpose. Precalculus skills are essential to calculus courses. The PCE project is intended to provide a more focused online environment for URI students who may be unprepared for this course. This project provides an opportunity for students to enhance their math skills at their own pace and succeed in calculus classes. All mini lectures are designed following the pace of the course syllabus, and they will be ready to take in your Sakai account, under site “MTH131-PCE-Fall2017”.

 

 

 

WileyPLUS Online Homework System

 

You will be given weekly homework assignments via the WileyPLUS Online Homework System. Typically, homework assignments will be made available the Monday of the week that the corresponding sections are scheduled to be covered and will be due at 11:45pm on the Tuesday following the lecture week. Late submissions will be accepted with a 50% point deduction.

To sign up for this system, you will need a WileyPlus registration code.

_      If you buy a new text book, make sure to buy the book bundled with WileyPlus code. (ISBN: 9781118865590) _

_      If you buy a used book, you need to buy the WileyPlus registration code separately. You can directly purchase the code from WileyPlus website for about $90; you can also buy the code alone from URI book store. _

_      Your WileyPlus code comes with an electronic version of the text book in your WileyPlus account.

You register for the WileyPLUS system by going to the URL that is unique to your section of MTH 131, so do not sign up for WileyPLUS until you are sure which section of MTH 131 you are taking.

Section

Instructor

WileyPLUS SignUP Link

0001

Erin Denette

www.wileyplus.com/class/592390

 

0002

Erin Denette

www.wileyplus.com/class/601548

 

0003

Ayse Sharland

www.wileyplus.com/class/601578

 

0004

Sarah Van Beaver

www.wileyplus.com/class/601579

 

0005

Ayse Sharland

www.wileyplus.com/class/601580

 

0006

Charles Faella

www.wileyplus.com/class/601581

 

0007

Ayse Sharland

www.wileyplus.com/class/601582

 

0008

Albert Gerheim

www.wileyplus.com/class/601583

 

0009

Charles Faella

www.wileyplus.com/class/601584

 

0010

Joseph Erickson

www.wileyplus.com/class/601585

 

 

 

 

 

Exams

 

This class will have three midterm exams and one final exam, with the following dates, times, and locations. Each exam (including the final) will be half multiple-choice and half free-response. You are required to bring your student ID to all exams.

 

Exam

Date

Time

Locale

Midterm Exam 1

Tuesday October 3

6-7:30 P.M.

TBA

Midterm Exam 2

Tuesday October 31

6-7:30 P.M.

TBA

Midterm Exam 3

Tuesday November 28

6-7:30 P.M.

TBA

Final Exam

TBA

TBA

TBA

 

 

Make Up Exam Policy

 

Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend exams under the following conditions. In particular, if you must miss the exam because of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours. See University Manual sections 8.51.10 and 8.51.14 for guidelines.

_      If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University sanctioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), (ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation from your employer), or (iii) Religious holidays, then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION IF REQUESTED. Makeup exams will be scheduled after the actual exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than one week after the original date.

_       If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate documentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than a week after the original date, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last few weeks of the semester.

_     If your circumstances do not meet either of the above (no documentation, a non- emergency excuse without sufficient notice, etc.), then you will receive a zero for the missed exam. No exceptions.

 

 

Electronic Device Policy

 

Cell phones, iPads, iPods, laptops, etc. should be turned off during class. Excepted from this are electronic pads used for note-taking and graphing calculators. Your instructor may tell you about other exceptions. “Texting” is not allowed.

 

 

 

Attendance Policy

 

Attendance is a vital and necessary part of this course. While there is no formal attendance policy, we cover a lot of information at a rapid pace; missing a class will result in a large amount of material missed. Students are responsible for all missed work, regardless of the reason for absence. It is also the absentee’s responsibility to get all missing notes or materials.

 

 

Other Policies

 

All class materials (e.g. notes, projects, exams, lectures, etc.) are property of the University of Rhode Island and the instructor. Copying, audio recording, video taping, taking pictures, and/or posting any course material is not allowed without consent of the instructor and the University of Rhode Island. In particular, STUDENTS IN THIS COURSE ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM USING ANY COURSE MATERIALS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NOTES TAKEN IN CLASS) FOR THE PURPOSE OF SELLING THEM FOR PROFIT.

 

 

Special Needs

 

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.

 

 

 

Tutoring

 

There is help available from the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC). The AEC offers tutoring (both walk-in and appointment-based types) and academic coaching. For more information on AEC services and study tips, visit the AEC website at http://web.uri.edu/aec/.

 

 

 

Incomplete Grade

 

University of Rhode Island regulations concerning incomplete grades will be followed. See University Manual sections 8.53.20 and 8.53.21 for details.

 

 

 

Religious Holidays

 

It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.

 

 

Standards of Behavior

 

Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the published “Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations” which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook (www.web.uri.edu/studentconduct/university-student-handbook/). If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off all cell phones or any electronic devices.