SUMMER 2014/1000 MTH 141 Calculus I

Text:  Hughes-Hallet,et. al., Calculus, 6th Edition
Prerequisites: MTH 111 or equivalent
Calculators: A graphing calculator is required.

Instructor: Dr. M. Kulenovic
Lippitt 202D
Ph. 44436
e-mail: mkulenovic@mail.uri.edu

Office hours: MTWTh: 1-2 p.m.

web page: www.math.uri.edu/~kulenm

Summer Tutoring

NEW! Practice graphing derivatives online!

Course Information

Introduction

This is the first calculus course for students of engineering, mathematics, science and other areas of study that require a strong mathematical background. In MTH 141 we shall explore in depth the idea of rate of change of a function and its applications to problems in physics, geometry, chemistry and biology. We will approach new ideas and problems from algebraic, graphical, and numerical points of view.

How to Succeed in MTH141 - Summer session

• Spend about 10 hours per week, outside of class, working problems, reading the text, and working on Projects. Sometime during the first week of class, set up your weekly schedule so that specific days and times are reserved for working out math problems.
• Buy a notebook where you will write solutions to all the recommended problems.
• Save all quizzes, handouts, and any other work. Use them to prepare yourself for tests.
• Establish a group of fellow students to work with.
• Come to class every time!  Skipping class, even only a couple of times, will translate into a lower course grade.

Goals and Objectives.

The goals are to have you develop symbol manipulation skills, mathematical modeling skills, skills in the use of technology to treat mathematical problems that involve the concepts of rate of change and derivative, an understanding of the language of calculus, and an appreciation for the uses of calculus in the sciences.

The course grade will be computed as follows:

MTH 141/1000 (Session 1)

Course grade = (25 E1 + 25 E2  + 30 FE + 10 MP + 10 CW)/100

Key: E1 = Exam 1, E2 = Exam 2, FE = Final Exam, MP = Mathematica Projects, CW = Class Work.  Class Work includes  quizzes .

Mathematica  Information

We will use the software Mathematica in this course. The Mathematica software is available in most computer labs at URI Mathematica 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 Mathematica should help you in your future professional career as well as in understanding material in calculus.

Our work with Mathematica will be organized into 3 Mathematica Worksheets which will be part of SAKAI package of the course. You will be able to download the worksheets from this web page at any of the URI computer labs or to your home computer if you have a personal copy of Mathematica. Student Edition of Mathematica is readily available at bookstores and over the Internet and is free for students at URI. There will be help with Mathematica available at one of the URI computer labs. The hours and names of people who will be helping you will be posted on this page as soon as they are scheduled.

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