MTH 142 

Intermediate Calculus with Analytic Geometry

Instructor    Araceli Bonifant  
Office: Tyler Hall 217
Phone: 4-4394

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 PM, Wednesday 2:00 PM and by appointment.

Recitation Instructors

Textbook: Hughes-Hallet, et. al., Calculus (Fourth Edition)

About the course: This second course in calculus assumes that you know and can use the basic ideas covered in MTH 141. As in MTH 141, we will approach new ideas and problems from algebraic, graphical, and numerical points of view.

Clicking here Course Schedule you will get a detailed syllabus of the course. The syllabus is always subject to change according to the needs of the class.

Prerequisites:  MTH 141 or equivalent.

How to succeed in MTH142

  • Spend about 8 hours per week, outside of class, working problems, reading the text, and working on Projects. Sometime during the first week of class, set up your weekly schedule so that specific days and times are reserved for working out math problems.
  • Buy a notebook where you will write solutions to all the recommended problems.
  • Save all quizzes, handouts, and any other work. Use them to prepare yourself for tests.
  • Establish a group of fellow students to work with.
  • Come to class every time! Skipping class, even only a couple of times, will translate into a lower course grade.
  • If you come to office hours, make sure you bring your work.

  • Goals and Objectives.
    The goals are to have you develop symbol manipulation skills, mathematical modelling skills, skills in the use of technology to treat mathematical problems, an understanding of the language of calculus, and an appreciation for the uses of calculus in the sciences. At the conclusion of this semester you should be able to:

    1. Calculate integrals using a variety of algebraic and numerical techniques.
    2. Solve problems in geometry, physics and probability using integrals.
    3. Solve first order ordinary differential equations by graphical, numerical and algebraic techniques, and to set up mathematical models for problems in the sciences.
    4. Calculate approximations to functions using the concepts of Taylor expansions.
    5. Determine properties of convergence of numerical and power series.
    6. Treat problems involving modeling, algebraic calculations and numerical calculations by using technology (Maple).

    Policies: You are expected to abide by the University's civility policy:

    "The University of Rhode Island is 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 considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

    Cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class.

    You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor. In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

    Grading Policy:

    There will be three evening exams on Thursdays, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, common for all sections. Location for each section will be listed in this page. A comprehensive final exam will be common for all sections. The time and place will be announced.

    Exam Schedule:

    Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly but not collected or graded (unless we realize that you are not doing the homework, in which case we will have to start to collect weekly homework assignments).  The weekly quiz may be based on homework assignments.  If you do your weekly homework assignments you will have no problem with the exams or quizzes.

    Quizzes: There will be weekly or biweekly quizzes.  The quiz will be given mostly during the recitation session (either Wednesday or Friday, depending on which section you belong to).  We will drop the lowest quiz at the end of the term.

    There will be no make up quizzes or exams.

    Maple Information: We will continue the use of Maple in this course. The Maple software is available in most computer labs at both URI Kingston and Providence sites. If you did not take MTH 141 at URI last semester you might be unfamiliar with Maple. There is a lab at the Mathematics Department, which is located at 101 Tyler Hall, which is staffed with Maple helpers whenever it is open.


  • MAPLE PROJECT I     Due October 25th
  • MAPLE PROJECT II     Due December 6th
  • 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 9 AM to 9 PM, Fri 9 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.

    Students with Disabilities:
    Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me early in the semester so that we may work out reasonable accommodations to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.