MTH 141 Introductory Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Fall 2009 - Course Webpage

Course Coordinator:
James Baglama
Office: Lippitt Hall 101A
Department of Mathematics
Phone: 401.874.4412


  • Final Exam Wednesday December 16 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
  • ALL sections Edwards Aud.
  • Final Exam is comprehensive and will cover the entire semester.
  • Use old exams, Exam 1, 2, and 3 as practice problems for the final.
  • Review session Dec. 14 Monday 4pm - 5:30pm in CBLS 010
  • The final will also cover sections, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4.
  • No calculators are allowed for this exam.
  • No electronic devices, e.g. cell phones, ipods.
  • Students MUST have an ID with them to take the exam.
  • Bring one or two pencils. Do NOT use a pen.
  • Leave book bags at home.
  • No extra sheets of paper are allowed.
  • If you feel sick, notify your instructor BEFORE the Final exam.
  • If you have conflict with the final exam time, notify your instructor BEFORE the Final exam.
  • Failure to show up for the final, will result in a zero for the final exam.
  • No make-up exams will be given before Wednesday December 16.

Calendar and Syllabus

Course Materials

Course Content

Exams and Grade Evaluation

Graphing Calculators


Maple CAS


Tutoring Center

  Students with Disabilities


H1N1 Flu


Course Material

Text: Calculus 5th edition, 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

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator is required for class and for use on the exams, however there will be some portions of the exams 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. Every student must register for his or her own section of WileyPlus:

Section Instructor Web address
001 Drymonis
002 Gilbert
003 Pakula
004 Beauregard
005 Baglama
006 Lynd
007 Heissan
008 Pakula
0200 Kulenovic

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.

WileyPlus Handout


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 we will cover the following.




The primary aim of MTH 141 is to prepare students for further study in mathematics, basic sciences, or engineering by providing an introduction to differential and integral calculus, and by helping students develop new problem solving and critical reasoning skills. The objectives of MTH 141 are


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be able to:


Exams and Grade Evaluation

There will be three evening exams this semester.
Exam 1 Wednesday September 30 6:00PM to 7:30PM ALL sections EDWARDS AUD
Exam 2 Wednesday October 28 6:00PM to 7:30PM ALL sections EDWARDS AUD
Exam 3 Thursday December 3 6:00PM to 7:30PM Sections 1, 2, 4, 5 CBLS 100
Sections 3, 6, 7, 8 CHAFEE 271

The particular breakdown of these points into final grades will be given by your instructor.


Maple CAS

Maple is a powerful Computer Algebra System (CAS) 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.

Introduction website for maple Introduction Maple

Your instructor will asssign your Maple assignments alng with due dates. 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. Laptops in Lippitt Hall 205 also have Maple installed on them. Furthermore, you can buy a student version online from if you prefer to work on your own computer.

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, google the commands, 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. After you finished your Maple homework assignment, you may submit it electronically, rather then in the printed form.

Maple Assignment #1

Maple Assignment #2

Maple Assignment #3

Section 5: James Baglama's class. Due dates for Maple are posted in Sakai.


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.



Sakai is being used in part to teach this course. That means you should become familiar with using Sakai. Your instructor might place important course material in the Sakai course shell. Check with your instructor. You can access Sakai at the following web address: Use your e-campus id or your 9-digit URI student number and your email password.


H1N1 Flu

Illness Due to Flu:
The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. 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 your instructor by phone or by email of your status. Your instructor will communicate by email or by phone with you. In this way you and your instructor will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequently washing your hands to protect from germs; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information, please view URI information on the H1N1 will be posted on the URI website at, with links to the site.