MTH 141 Introductory Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Fall 2011 - Course Webpage

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


  • Final Exam Monday Dec. 19 7pm - 10pm Chafee 271 (all setions)
    • Final Exam is comprehensive (covers all sections!)
    • You MUST take the final exam during final exam date and time.
    • No question allowed during the exam.
    • 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 or you must leave your book bags up front.
    • No extra sheets of paper are allowed.
    • If you feel sick, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam.
    • If you have conflict with the exam time, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam.
    • Failure to show up for the exam, will result in a zero for the exam.
  • Click here for Math 141 class sections, dates, times, locations, and Instructors.
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
    Day/Time Location Instructor(s)
    Tuesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm Bliss 205 Chris Staniszewski
    Wednesday 6pm - 7:30pm Past 234 Yanina Kubic
    Thursday 6pm - 7:30pm Wash 219 Chris Staniszewski and Yanina Kubic

Calendar and Syllabus
Handout Section 1.1
Handout Section 1.2
Handout Section 1.3

Course Materials

The Language of Mathematics

Exams and Grade Evaluation

Graphing Calculators




Tutoring Center

  Students with Disabilities


PreCalc Skills Exam


Course Material

Text: Calculus 5th edition, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, McCallum, et al., Wiley Pubs.

And an access code to WileyPlus, online homework system

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator is NOT required for class. For this course, CALCULATORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR EXAMS!!  

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 Daniel Richmond
002 Caitlin Pfifer
003 James Baglama
004 Raymond Beauregard
005 Mark Comerford
006 Raymond Beauregard
007 Mark Comerford
008 Matthew Pilling
200 Jason Stockford

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 $75. If you buy a new copy of the book from some other source, make sure it includes the WileyPlus registration code.

WileyPlus Handout

WileyPlus assignments will start on week 3, September 19. There will be a WileyPlus assignment every week over the homework problems given that week. The WileyPlus problems are the same as the homework problems given on the course calendar. The assignments will open at 12am on Monday of that week and will be due by 11pm Sunday, e.g. WileyPlus assignment 1 will open at 12am Monday September 19 and will be due by 11pm Sunday September 25. No extension allowed and late assignments will not be accepted. After the due date, the answers will be made available. You have an unlimited time (and access) during the week to work on the problems. There will only be two attempts per problem. Your WileyPlus final grade is computed by (number of correct WileyPlus problems)/(total number of WileyPlus problems) times 50 points.


Exams and Grade Evaluation

There will be three evening exams this semester.
Exam 1 7:00pm - 8:30pm Thurs. Oct. 13 Chafee 271
Exam 2 7:00pm - 8:30pm Tues. Nov. 8 Chafee 271
Exam 3 7:00pm - 8:30pm Thurs. Dec. 1 Edwards Aud.

There will be two in class skills exams this semester.
PreCalc Skills Exam 2nd week. See course instructor for exact date. No make-ups allowed.
Mathematica Skills Exam Last week. See course instructor for exact date. No make-ups allowed.

There will be a comprehensive final exam.
Final Exam Date and time to be announced later.

A (92% - 100%) A- (90% - 91%) B+ (87% - 89%) B (82% - 86%) B- (80% - 81%) C+ (77% - 79%)
C (72% - 76%) C- (70% - 71%) D+ (67% - 69%) D (60% - 66%) F (0% - 59%)
Compute Grade -> (your total points)/750 * 100 = your percentage



PreCalc Skills Exam

The examination consists of 25 multiple choice questions and has a 50-minute time limit. The PreCalc Skills Exam will be given in class during the second week of classes. Your instructor will announce the exact date of the skills exam. Each question is worth 1 point. If you score 0 - 14 correct out of 25, we HIGHLY recommend you drop the class and take a precalulus class to better prepare yourself for calulus. NO retakes on the exam allowed. NO calculators allowed. The exam will test basic algebra skills and precalulus knowledge that is required to earn a passing grade in Calculus 141. NOTE: Passing the PreCalc Skills Exam does not guarantee a passing grade for the course.



Mathematica 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 Mathematica will help you in your future professional career as well as in understanding material in calculus and calculating solutions to computationally complex problems.

Dr. Lew Pakula's website for Mathematica has links to introductory videos and basic command worksheets.

Your instructor will introduce Mathematica to you during lectures and provide in class tutorials. There will be two Mathematica assignments for the semester, dates are given below. There will be a Mathematica skills exam given during the last week of classes. Your course instructor will announce in class the exact date of the skills exam. All Mathematica assignments MUST be submitted through Sakai using Assignment tool. Computers in the Library and the Memorial Union computer labs will have Mathematica installed on them. Laptops in Lippitt Hall 205 also have Mathematica installed on them. Furthermore, you can get a student version online from Wolfram if you prefer to work on your own computer. You may work in groups on the projects, no more than 3 students per group.

Mathematica Assignment #1 Due: 11:55pm Friday October 21

Mathematica Assignment #2 Due: 11:55pm Friday November 18

The projects must be submitted electronically through Sakai.

Mathematica Skills Exam Last week of classes.


The Language of Mathematics There will 5 writing projects on the The Language of Mathematics. You will be required to use a word processor and submit the writing projects electronically within your Sakai course shell. Each writing project is designed to test your understanding of the concepts presented in Calculus. See the Course Calendar for due dates and your instructor for details on the assignments.

Language of Mathematics Assignment #1 Due: Friday September 23

Language of Mathematics Assignment #2 Due: Friday October 7

Language of Mathematics Assignment #3 Due: Friday October 28

Language of Mathematics Assignment #4 Due: Wednesday November 23

Language of Mathematics Assignment #5 Due: Friday December 9


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:


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. ALL math 141 instructors have a Sakai site for their math 141 section. The Sakai site will contain your grades and have a link to Assignment tool for submission of your Mathematica assignments. That means you should become familiar with using Sakai. Your instructor might place other 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 and your URI Webmail password.