Summer 2017: MTH 143



Course Description

MTH143 is the continuation of MTH142. The course will start with two important concepts: Sequences and Series. These concepts will be important later for the subject called Power series, i.e. a series composed of powers of x. This is an important notion because a “nice” function f(x) has a power series representation in a suitable domain for x, this representation is the so-called Taylor series of that function. Finally, we will introduce Parametric representations of curves and will see the definition of the Polar Coordinates in terms of Cartesian coordinates (x,y) that we are already familiar with. These coordinates are based on the fact that a point (x,y) on the real plane is uniquely determined by its distance to the origin (a radius) and the angle it makes with the positive x-axis (angle).


Calculus: Early Transcendentals (8th edition) by James Stewart.

Copies of the official course texbook are on reserve in the Carlson library.


Each week, you will be assigned two WeBWorK sets based on that week’s material, one due Friday, 11:59 pm; the other one due Tuesday, 11:59 pm.

The WeBWorK assignments can be found here.

The set 0 of the WebWork is not mandatory. If this is not your first time using WebWork, you probably don’t need to do Set 0.

While doing your WeBWorK homework, you are encouraged to discuss the problems with your classmates. After you are done with your assignment, you should make sure that you can solve the problems just by yourself. This is a good way of preparing for the exams.

Hand in homework

There will be a short problem assigned at the end of every class to be handed in at beginning of the next class. You are encouraged to work on those problems together, but every student has to hand in their own version.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterm exams in addition to the final exam.

You are NOT allowed to use books, notes, calculators or any electronic devices during an exam.

The final exam will consist of two parts: Part I will be cumulative and Part II will cover only the new material since the last midterm exam. If you do better on Part I than you did on any of the previous midterms (or missed one of them), then Part I will replace your lowest midterm score. Your grade for the course will be calculated as follows:

No make-up exam for the final will be given without a valid excuse (e.g. a serious illness or an emergency) supported by some documentation.

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. For information, please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with CETL at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically.

Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement

All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy