MTH 131 Applied Calculus I

Fall   2009

Syllabus and Schedule WileyPlus On the Course, and evaluation
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Instructor: Lubos Thoma
Office: Lippit Hall 102H, tel: 874.4451
Class Schedule:
            Section 4, TuTh 8.00--9.15am, Bliss Hall 305
            Section 7, TuTh 9.30--10.45am, Morill Hall 215

Central Webpage for MTH131.   Access the class schedule, exam schedule, and practice exams.

Syllabus:   The syllabus is available at Sakai.     A detailed schedule and a list of suggested problems can be found   here.

Online homework at WileyPlus   We will be using an online homework system by Wiley. The registration is section specific. To register follow these links
            Section 4:
            Section 7:
For help you can downloand WileyPlus informational flyer (.doc format). Be sure to register for your section and only your section. Once you go to your Class Section URL, click on ``register.'' Watch the registration tutorial if you need help. After you register, you can access WileyPlus simply via

You can get help from the Academic Enhancement Center which offers help on a walk-in basis. The schedule of our TA's is posted on-line here

Illness due to flu: The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. 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 874-4451 or via email of your status, and 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 a tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequently washing your hands to protect from germs; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information, please view URI information on the H1N1 will be posted on the URI website at, with links to the site.

Objectives 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 (but not easier) 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.
Tips for success:   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 later.
Do the online homework and suggested problems. 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 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. I encourage you to study and work in groups.

Accommodations: Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098.

University's civility policy: In accordance with the University's civility policy, cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class and during exams.

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

Calculators: A graphing calculator is required. (TI-83..89 recommended but others may be suitable too.)
                          Calculators may not be permitted for some class quizzes and for parts of exams.

Exams and Evaluation.   There will be three evening exams (6.00 -- 7.30pm) given during the semester outside of class. Their dates can be found on the class schedule and our syllabus. All sections will take these exams. The final exam will be scheduled at a common time for all sections. The final exam is a comprehensive exam covering material from the whole semester.
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.

Evaluation: Your grade will be determined out of a possible of 650 points:
      three common exams, 100 points for each exam
      final exam 200 points
      quizzes and online homework 150 points

Online applets.   If you follow one of these links and do not see any graphs, you need to download Flash Player. Click to download the free player from the Macromedia site here: Download Flash Player 7. The applets below were create by Prof. Kaskosz.