MTH 131 - Applied Calculus

Spring 2020

MTH 131 - Applied Calculus
Cinque Terre


Please refer to the MTH 131 REMOTE - Spr2020 Sakai Project Site. This site, together with the existing Sakai site for your specific section of MTH 131, will be your go-to source as MTH 131 is delivered remotely beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • The MTH 131 course schedule has been updated to reflect our transition to remote instruction. Please refer to the appropriate link for an idea of what you should be completing when in order to keep up with the course while instruction is being offered remotely. These schedules will be updated for as long as remote instruction continues. Closely follow the weekly schedule and complete assignments on time. You should not wait until the last minute to do anything and should never fall behind the schedule!
  • Exam 2 will be offered online through the MTH 131 REMOTE - Spr2020 Sakai Project Site. It will cover sections 2.4, 3.1-3.5, and 4.1. The exam will be two parts. Part 1 is multiple choice; Part 2 is open response. Each part is timed; once you start a part you must finish it in one sitting, but you may begin it at any point between Wednesday 4/1 at 6pm and Friday 4/3 at 11pm. All work must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 4/3 at 11pm. Usual exam preparation materials will be provided through the MTH 131 REMOTE – Spr 2020 Sakai site the week before the exam.
  • You are expected to read your textbook. Even if you did not purchase the textbook, you still have access to it through the WileyPLUS online homework system. This can be accessed by clicking on the Read, Study, & Practice tab in WileyPLUS and navigating to the appropriate chapter/section/subsection using the links that will appear.
  • On the MTH 131 - REMOTE Spr2020 Sakai site, you will find a Lesson corresponding to each week of class. These Lessons consist of links with a slideshow overview of the content from each of that week's corresponding sections of the textbook. Within each slideshow there are also links to videos with explanations and examples being worked out for you. You are expected to use these resources in tandem with the corresponding section of your textbook and your WileyPLUS online homework to learn the material.
  • Your instructor may offer additional materials through your section-specific MTH 131 Sakai site; be sure to check your section-specific MTH 131 Sakai site, the MTH 131 – REMOTE Spr2020 Sakai site, and your URI email address frequently.
  • Your instructor will contact you about how office hours will be managed.
  • Your instructor will contact you about how the "Classwork" portion of your grade will be managed and if any changes have been made to how the Classwork portion of your grade will be calculated into your final grade.
  • We are here to help you! Please be in touch with your instructor or myself (Erin Denette; course coordinator should you have any questions or concerns during this transition. It’s a big change for all of us, but we will get through it together.


Welcome to the Spring 2020 course website for MTH 131 - Applied Calculus! This website is the course syllabus. MTH 131 satisfies the A1 - science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) and B3 - mathematical, statistical, or computational general education outcomes.

Applied Calculus is a coordinated course with common evening exams. All pertinent information about the course can be found by using the tabs above. Section specific announcements and individual grades will be available via Sakai. Course grades, useful resources, and information specific to your section may also be found on Sakai. The PCE Program for MTH 131 will additionally operate within Sakai. You should check the Sakai site and your URI email frequently.


Section Day/Time Room Instructor Wiley Link
0001 TTh 8-9:15 A.M. Swan 309 Emily Barranca
0002 TTh 8-9:15 A.M. Ballentine 113 Brian Wisniewski
0003 MWF 8-8:50 A.M. Swan 206 Laura Barnes
0004 MWF 12-12:50 P.M. Morrill 215 Christian Hassler
0005 MWF 11-11:50 A.M. Bliss 290 Erin Denette
0006 MWF 11-11:50 A.M. Swan 311 Eric Peterson
0007 MWF 12-12:50 P.M. Quinn 103 Erin Denette
0008 MWF 12-12:50 P.M. Washburn 219 Orlando Merino

Course Description

Lecture: (3 credits). Basic topics in calculus for students who do not need all the topics in 141. Limits, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, logarithmic, and exponential functions. Applications including graphing, maxima and minima problems, etc. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: passing a placement test or C- or better in MTH 103 or MTH 111. Not for major credit in mathematics. Not open to students with credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141. (A1) (B3)

MTH 131 is a calculus course primarily intended for students in the life or social sciences, such as Biology, Pharmacy, and Economics. It is different than the four-credit calculus course, MTH 141, designed for students who intend to take more advanced math, such as engineering, computer science, and mathematics 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.