MTH 131 Applied Calculus I

Spring   2011

Instructor: Lubos Thoma
Office: Lippit Hall 101G, tel: 874.4451
Class Schedule:
            Section 6, TuTh 9.30--10.45am, Kelley Hall 103
            Section 8, TuTh 12.30--1.45pm, Gilbreth Hall 101

Decsription   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.

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.

Textbook   Hughes-Hallett, et. al., Applied Calculus, fourth 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.

Online homework with WileyPlus   We will be using an online homework system by Wiley. The registration is section specific. To register follow these links
            Section 6:
            Section 8:

Tutoring   In addition to your instructor's office hours, you can seek help at the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check your understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk in. For a complete schedule go to the AEC web site, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.

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.

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