MTH141: Calculus I

Course Policies and Information


Jonathan Passant

E-mail: jpassant at ur dot rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 710
Lectures: MTWR 9:00 am - 11:15 am in Hylan 1106B
Office Hours: MTWR 11:25 am - 12:25 pm in Hylan 710


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

You may use an older edition, however there will be some differences in page and section numbers.

Course Description

Analysis of the elementary real functions: algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials and their inverses and composites. Their graphs and derivatives. Topics include limits, continuity, asymptotes, the definition of the derivative, derivatives and derivative rules for algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials, and logarithms. Implicit differentiation, related rates, linear approximation, differentials, mean value theorem, maxima and minima, curve sketching, l’Hospital’s rule. For more information, see the course catalog.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam at the following times:

First Midterm
Thursday 7/13, 10:00 - 11:15am, Hylan 1106B
Second Midterm
Thursday 7/27, 10:00 - 11:15am, Hylan 1106B
Final Exam
Thursday 8/10, 9:00 - 11:15am, Hylan 1106B

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on exams, WeBWorK, participation, and turned-in homework assignments:

You may NOT use calculators, books, or notes on any exams. You will NOT be permitted a “cheat sheet” for exams.

Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or a genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload on other courses are not acceptable reasons.

WeBWorK Homework

WeBWorK problems are done over the web and provide instant feedback as to whether you have done a problem correctly or not. When you have done a WeBWorK problem correctly, your credit for the problem is immediately recorded in the database.

You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students, however WeBWorK problems are individualized for each student, so you must do your own assignment.

As this course is run through Moodle, to access WeBWorK you will need to login to blackboard and click the link to the Moodle page. You can then open the WeBWorK by clicking directly on the links on the Moodle page.

WeBWorK problems count for 20% of the total grade. There will typically be two WeBWorK sets each week. WeBWorK deadlines will typically be Tuesday and Thursday nights at 11:59pm, but due dates are subject to change. Note that in the final week, the last WeBWork set will be due Wednesday, the 9th of August at 11:59pm. Please note that extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. A crowded schedule or minor illness are NOT valid reasons to ask for an extension. If you know you will be absent from school for an extended period, inform your instructor as early as possible so arrangements can be made. WeBWorK can be accessed through the Moodle page which you can access through the links on the blackboard page.

Disability Support

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accomodate 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