MTH131 Applied Calculus I  

Spring 2007 - Section 200  (Providence Campus)

University of Rhode Island

Instructor:    Orlando Merino,, Tyler Hall 220, 874-4442

Text:                Hughes-Hallett, et. al., Applied Calculus, third edition

Calculators:  A graphing calculator is required. (TI-83 recommended, but others may be suitable.)
                          Calculators may not be permitted for some class quizzes and for parts of exams.

Prerequisite:  Precalculus MTH 111 or equivalent.

Homework Problems and Exam Schedule: GO HERE

GOALS OF THIS COURSE: Math 131 is a calculus course primarily intended for students in the life or social sciences, such as Biology, Pharmacy, and Economics. It is different than the four-credit calculus course, Math 141, designed for students who intend to take more advanced math, such as engineering, computer science, and mathemactics majors. The main emphasis will on the practical interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, and algebraic terms, although important theoretical concepts will also be covered. The main topics of the course are functions, differentiation, integration and applications.

EXPECTATIONS: We expect that you will give this course 7-9 hours a week of your undivided attention, in addition to your class time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this and still get a grade you'll like. We also expect that you will ATTEND EVERY CLASS MEETING.

Do the homework. An important purpose of the problems is to make you think through and master the ideas of the subject so that you can confidently apply your knowledge in new situations. It is essential that you devote adequate time attempting to solve each assigned problem. Discipline yourself not to check the solution manual too quickly, be willing to spend an occasional half hour or more on a challenging problem. You may learn a great deal from honest hard work on a problem, even if you don't succeed in solving it. Read the text material before working on the problems.

Read the textbook:  Read the textbook. You may not be used to reading mathematics texts, but you will be actively encouraged to read this one. By reading the text before class you will have a better chance of making good use of your time in class. Don't worry if you don't understand everything. Ask questions in class and read the material again late

Help  I will be available at 6:30 p.m. for questions on the homework.  I will be answering questions by email, phone, or in my office in Kingston at the Mathematics Department Tyler Hall 220, on Mondays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. There is also free URI tutoring available in the Shepard Building (schedule to be announced), and in Kingston at the Academic Enhancement Center, located in the 4th floor of Roosevelt Hall.
Exams and Evaluation  There will be TWO exams  given during the semesterand a final exam which is comprehensive. 50% of the final exam is on material learned after test 2. The exams will reflect the variety of the homework problems. Do not expect to be asked merely to solve homework problems with the numbers changed. The best way to prepare for the exams, and to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems, is to work on the homework problems as suggested. NOTE:  Laptop computers, PDAs, cellphones are nor allowed during tests.

GRADING: Your grade will be determined out of a possible of 800 points:
      TWO common exams, 150 points for each exam
      Final Exam 300 points
      Homework, Quizes, or Classwork 200 points

TECHNOLOGY will play an important role in this course and we will make extensive use of graphing calculators. Be sure to bring your graphing calculator to each class and to every exam. The applets below may help you to understand some of the material.


Excused absences from exams: see the University manual sections 8.51.11-14

University policy on plagiarism: see the University manual sections 8.27.10-21

Civility Policy: Teachers at the University of Rhode Island are committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are cosidered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class.

I try to create a class atmosphere conducive to learning; in particular,  I encourage class participation and questions.  Also, I ask that you do not engage in the following behaviors:  communication perceived as whining, nonverbal behavior revealing blatant disinterest for the course (i.e. sleeping, staring out the window, staring at the clock, reading another class text or a newspaper).  Also, please shut cell phones off upon entering class.

* Any student with a documented disability is welcme to contact me early in the semester so that we may work out reasonable accomodations to support your success in this course.  Students should also contact Disability Services for Student, Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, Kingston, 874-2098.