MTH 131 Applied Calculus I - Fall 2008

  • Text: Hughes-Hallett, et. al., 3rd edition, Applied Calculus, with WileyPLUS registration code.
  • Calculators: A graphing calculator is required. TI 83 or TI 84 are recommended.

Current Announcements
Final Exam: Monday, Dec 15, 11:30-2:30, EDWARDS AUD.

Review session for MTH 131:  Friday, Dec 12, 12-3, Lippitt 205. Tips for the Final are posted below.

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Practice Exams, Available Help

Practice Test 3 is posted:

Practice Test 1   Practice Test 2   Practice Test 3   Tips for the Final  

There is help available during the semester: your instructor's office hours, tutoring at the Math Department and at the Academic Enhancement Center. For schedules and other useful information click the following links:

Fall 2008 Tutoring Schedule    Instructors' Office Hours    Math Department Home Page

Tutoring at Lippitt is available! Click on the link to Fall 2008 Tutoring above for schedule.

THE ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER: The work in this course can be difficult.  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 anytime Mon-Thur 10 AM to 10 PM, Fri 10 AM to 1 PM, Sun 4 PM - 8 PM. For a complete schedule go to, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.

WileyPLUS Online Homework System

We will be using WileyPLUS online homework system in this course. To sign up for the WileyPlus system, you will need a WileyPLUS registration code.

If you buy a new copy of the textbook (Hughes-Hallett, et. al., 3rd edition, Applied Calculus) at the URI Bookstore, a registration code for WileyPLUS will be included with the book at no additional cost. You can buy a used copy of the text at the URI Bookstore that is bundled with the WileyPLUS registration code as well.

If you buy a used copy or a new copy from some other source, make sure it includes a WileyPLUS registration code. If it does not, you will need to purchase a WileyPLUS code separately. The cost of a registration code at the Wiley site: WileyPLUS is about $50.

You register for the WileyPLUS system by going to the URL that is unique to your section of MTH 131, so do not sign up for WileyPLUS until you are certain which section of MTH 131 your are taking.

Click on the link below to access the list of WleyPLUS Student Registration URLs for all sections of MTH 131. Make sure you sign up for the right section!

Student Registration for WileyPLUS

After you register and log in, you will see the list of assignments posted so far for your section with their due dates.


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.

Description of the Course

MTH 131 is a calculus course primarily intended for students in life or social sciences, such as biology, pharmacy, and economics. Much emphasis will be placed on the practical interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, and algebraic terms. The main topics of the course are functions, differentiation, integration and applications.

Exams and Evaluation

There will be three exams given in the evenings common to all sections. The evening exams are scheduled as follows: Exam 1, Oct 2, R, 6-7:30 pm, BISC AUD; Exam 2, Oct 30, R, 6-7:30 pm, BISC AUD; Exam 3, Dec 4, R, 6-7:30 pm, EDWARDS AUD. The Final Exam is scheduled on Monday, December 15, 11:30-2:30 at Edwards Aud.

Please remember to bring your URI ID to every exam.

Your grade will be based upon a possible total of 650 points, as follows:

  • Three common tests at 100 points each -- 300 points,
  • Final exam -- 200 points,
  • Homework and quizzes as assigned by your instructor -- 150 points.

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