01:640:151 - Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences - Spring 2021

Math 151 (Calculus I for Math and Physical Sciences) is the first semester of the first year calculus sequence at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Math 151 covers differential calculus of the elementary functions of a single real variable: the rational, trigonometric and exponential functions and their inverses; various applications via the Mean Value Theorem; and an introduction to the integral calculus.

In Spring 2021, all sections of Math 151 will be taught online. Most will have two scheduled lectures and one scheduled workshop, all of which will be conducted online through a video conference service. The lecture is where new material is covered by the course lecturer. The workshop is a smaller class meeting with a Teaching Assistant (TA), where students work in-depth on problems in groups. Students may be asked to work problems in advance of the workshop, and may be asked to turn in several problems after solving them in the workshops. The workshop problems will form the basis for some of the problems that students will encounter on midterm quizzes and on the final exam.

Here is some other information about the course:

  • The required textbook is Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals (14th edition), by Hass, et al. with MyMathLab access code. You may use either the hardcover edition or the eBook; they contain exactly the same material. Both are available through the Rutgers bookstore.
    • The ISBN for the physical textbook with MyMathLab access is 978-0134768762.
    • The ISBN for the eBook with MyMathLab access is 978-0134764528.
    • If you were enrolled in Math 151 during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semester and purchased the Rogawski textbook with Sapling access, you will be given access to the Thomas ebook and MyMathLab access. If this applies to you, sign up on MyMathLab using the code for the grace period, and we will announce how to claim your long-term access a few weeks into the semester.
  • For information about topics covered and homework problems, please see:
  • All sections will take the RU Ready Test (RURT) during the second week of class. Please see the RURT Information Site.
  • Your course section has a Canvas site, where you will see grades and turn in workshop assignments. Go to
  • Our online homework system is MyLab Math (also called MyMathLab). Go to (but make sure you first access the system from your class's Canvas site; doing this will automatically enroll you in the correct MyLab course).
  • Four midterm quizzes will be given online on four Mondays throughout the semester. Each midterm quiz will be a 45-minute quiz, administered through MyLab, which you must take during the 9:00-11:00pm (Eastern Time) window, regardless of the scheduled time of your class. The midterm quizzes are on:
    • Monday, February 15 (9-11pm, ET)
    • Monday, March 8 (9-11pm, ET)
    • Monday, March 29 (9-11pm, ET)
    • Monday, April 19 (9-11pm, ET)
  • The final exam is on Thursday, May 6 from 4:00-7:00pm (Eastern Time).
  • Here is some written review material from Fall 2020 that may be used to prepare for Spring 2021 Midterm Quiz 3. (The Fall 2020 quizzes were aligned with different sections of the textbook, so note carefully which problems from each of these sheets relates to Spring 2021 Midterm Quiz 3, which covers sections 3.10, 3.11, 4.1, and 4.2):
  • To see how your final course grade will be determined and how much weight will be given to the individual assignments, see this document.
  • If you took Math 151 in the Fall of 2020 and need to see the department's Math 151 page from that semester, you may find it here.

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