MTH 141 Calculus I
al., Calculus, 6th Edition
Prerequisites: MTH 111 or equivalent
Calculators: A graphing calculator is required.
Instructor: Dr. M. Kulenovic
e-mail: mkulenovic@ uri.edu
Quinn Hall 103: MTWTh: 10-12:30
Office hours: MTWTh: 1-2 p.m.
web page: www.math.uri.edu/~kulenm
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 ideas of rate of change of a function and total 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.
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.
Learning Outcomes At the end of the course the student should be able to:
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 .
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 2 Mathematica Worksheets which will be part of SAKAI package of the course. You will be able to download the worksheets from SAKAI 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.