MTH 140: Calculus with Foundations

Note: If this course is being taught this semester, more information can be found at the course home page.

Cross Listed




This course is a prerequisite for

MTH 141A


This course and the following course (MTH 141A) integrate the learning of calculus with precalculus mathematics. They are intended for students who lack the algebra and trigonometry skills necessary to perform successfully in MTH 141.

Note: Students who receive credit for any of MTH 141-143, MTH 161-165, or 171-174 will not receive credit for MTH 140 or 141A if taken subsequently.

Topics covered

The two course sequence MTH140 and MTH 141A covers all the material in MTH 141 together with a thorough presentation of the standard precalculus material. When taken alone, MTH 140 covers, in addition to precalculus material, the theory and techniques of the differential calculus, including limits and the definition of the derivative. MTH 140 deals mostly with polynomial, root, and rational functions. Exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions are covered in MTH 141A.

See Comparing the Calculus Sequences.

The calculus courses which assume a firm foundation in high school trigonometry and algebra are