640:135 - Calculus I

Course overview - Fall 2017

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Math 135 has many components, including the text, lectures, recitations, homework assignments, WebAssign, exams, office hours, and peer tutoring. Attendance at lectures and recitations, unless excused by the instructor, and use of the WebAssign system are required for all students.

The Textbook

The textbook is Calculus: Special Edition: Chapters 1-5 (6th edition) by Smith, Strauss, and Toda, published by Kendall Hunt, 2014; ISBN: 978-1-4652-2923-6. Students are required to use WebAssign. The textbook or electronic version with Webassign can be purchased online from Kendall Hunt. If a student already has a WebAssign account, here are the links to the textbook or electronic version only. An optional solution manual is also available; ISBN 978-1-4652-4165-8. A student can also buy the textbook together with WebAssign in the bookstore. The link to the Bookstore URL for course materials is FIND COURSE MATERIALS. Department and Course should be 640 and 135. A student can choose his or her section, but the search results are the same for all the sections. If a student would like to purchase WebAssign without the physical book, but includes the e-book, you can purchase it for $64.99 at www.webassign.net or when you log into your Sakai account and click on the WebAssign link it will prompt you for payment.


Many students will find a calculator useful for homework and WebAssign. A good scientific calculator (Texas Instruments TI-83 or comparable graphing calculator) should suffice, together with an online graphing program like Wolfram Alpha. Students will not be allowed to use calculators on exams. Chapter 3 on Function Graphing of the PDF version of the TI-83 Plus Guide is particularly relevant.

The Syllabus

Here is a generic syllabus for the course. Here is a lecture-by-lecture description of the course. Each lecturer will prepare a detailed syllabus for their lecture section. The lecturer's syllabus is the official one for that class. Term grades are assigned by the lecturer. Here are the suggested homework problems for each section of the text covered in the course. Individual lecturers may modify this list. Students are expected to work on homework problems before coming to recitations. Recitations give students an opportunity to ask questions and to see sample problems worked in detail. Students will not benefit fully from recitation classes unless they attempt the assigned problems in advance. Normally, at the end of each recitation class there will be a short quiz consisting of one problem similar to those discussed that day. Quiz scores are a signficant component of the term grade.


WebAssign is an interactive, online homework system that permits students to practice working calculus problems. Students get their own version of each problem and they may submit answers until they get the problem right or failed 100 times. Each WebAssign assignment is due by a specific date and time. The WebAssign assignments must be done on line.

At the end of the semester, the system provides the instructor with a score for each student. This score is based on the number of problems the student eventually got right, not on the number of attempts made. The WebAssign score is a significant component of the term grade. Students who do not take the WebAssign assignments seriously are risking a drop of perhaps half a letter in their grade for the semester.

Students are required to use WebAssign to complete the online homework. A student can buy WebAssign together with the textbook at the links about the textbook above.

Each student will be able to either create an account or use an existing account after accessing WebAssign from Sakai. Students need to login to WebAssign directly from Sakai.  A student will be put into a WebAssign class when he or she accesses WebAssign from Sakai for the first time. If a student tries to login directly from the homepage of WebAssign, he or she will not be able to get to their class.

Here is a Student Quick Start guide for students to get onto WebAssign from Sakai. Here is the WebAssign Student Help System.


There will be two hour exams and a cumulative final exam. Hour exams will be written by the lecturer and given in lecture. The final exam will be the same for all Math 135 students. It will be written by the course coordinator. For Fall 2017, the final exam will be given from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, December 18. The location of the final exam will be announced later in the term. No calculator or computer will be permitted on exams.

Other matters

Lecturers and recitation instructors will hold regular office hours each week. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and to get to know their teachers. The Rutgers Learning Centers offer tutoring in many mathematics classes, including Math 135. The tutoring is provided by undergraduate peer tutors. The Math & Science Learning Center holds review sessions for math 135.