MTH 141 Introductory Calculus

Department of Mathematics, Lippitt Hall - (401) 874 7635

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Special Needs   Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact the instructor as early in the semester as possible so that reasonable accommodations may be arraigned (contact Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union 401-874-2098).


Academic Honesty  Cheating is defined in the University Manual section 8.27.10 as  the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations (of course, this includes use of the “internet”). Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guidelines set forth in the University Manual 8.27.10 - 8.27.20.


Illness Due to Flu    The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. 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 me at 874-xxxx or of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We 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 tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or . URI Health Services web page, , will carry advice and local updates.

Incomplete Grade    URI regulations concerning incomplete grades will be followed to the letter. See sections  8.53.20 and 8.53.21 of the university manual.


Getting started with WileyPlus  WileyPlus will be used for some of your homework assignments. If you took MTH 141 at URI last semester your Wiley-plus registration should continue this semester. If not, you will need to register with Wiley-plus using the license key that came with your textbook.

If you ARE already registered for WileyPlus from MTH141 last term, then go to and log in with the same user name and password.

If you ARE NOT registered from last semester then you can either buy a new textbook which comes with an access code for WileyPlus and follow the instruction that come with the textbook OR you can go to and purchase a WileyPlus registration which comes with an online texbook.

If you need help registering go to

WileyPlus assignments will be given every week. Due dates for WileyPlus assignments are firm, however students may submit late WileyPlus homework with a 50% penalty.



Tutoring help: The ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER The work in this course is complex and intensive.  To do the best you can, it’s a good idea to visit the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. The AEC offers a comfortable environment in which to study alone or together, with or without a tutor. AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk during office hours -- Monday through Thursday from 9 am. to 9 pm, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and Sunday from 4 pm. to 8 pm.  For a complete schedule For a complete schedule - including when tutors are available specifically for this class - go to, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.

Standards of Behavior Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the published "Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations” which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook.  Behavior that persistently or grossly interferes with classroom activities is considered disruptive behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action. Such behavior inhibits other students’ ability to learn and an instructor’s ability to teach. A student responsible for disruptive behavior may be required to leave class pending discussion and resolution of the problem and may be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action.

Religious holidays It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor according to the procedure set forth in Sections 8.51.11 & 8.51.12 of the University Manual ( )

1. You are expected to attend every lecture, and to submit your work on time.
2. It is your responsibility to communicate clearly in writing up solutions for homework, quizzes, and exams. Your results must display your understanding well and be written in a correct, complete, coherent, and well organized fashion. The rules of language still apply in mathematics, and they apply even when symbols are used in formulas, equations, etc. Precise communication and neatness count!
3. The rapid pace of the class requires that you spend time every day doing homework, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, and working out extra problems, all in addition to the time spent in class. 


Grading disagreementsRarely, issues arise that may require arbitration. If such an issue does occur, and only after you have initially tried to resolve the issue with your instructor—in a professional  and respectful manner—please contact the coordinator of MTH 141.


Major Test Makeup Policy  Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend the evening exams under the following conditions. In particular, if you must miss the exam because of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours.

  • If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University santioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), or (ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation from your employer), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION IF REQUESTED. Makeup exams will be scheduled after the actual exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than one week after the original date.
  • If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate documentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than a week after the original date, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last two weeks of the semester.

Electronic Devices Cell phones, ipads, ipods, etc. should be turned off during class.  Excepted from this are electronic pads used for notetaking. Your instructor may tell you about other exceptions. “texting” is not allowed.


In class Please ask questions at any time. We will make an effort to clarify difficult concepts, or to explore any interesting ideas you may offer.  Class participation has a positive impact on the student’s learning, and we encourage it.


Late Work Policy Late work in Mathematica or in WileyPlus will have a 50% penalty, and must be submitted before the last day of class. 


Tardiness, leaving early If you must come in late or leave early, let the instructor know before the class.

Are you planning to take MTH 142 soon? Recall that a MTH142 pre-req. is C- or better grade in MTH141


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