640:135 - Calculus I

Course overview - Fall 2018

Welcome to Math 135, Calculus I.

NEW, October, 2018: Click here to see the UPDATED OFFICE HOURS of all of the Math 135 recitation instructors (TAs).  You should make every attempt to attend the office hours of your own professor and recitation instructor, but Math 135 students may attend the office hours of any Math 135 recitation instructor for assistance with the course material. 

Please be sure to read all of the Math 135 pages carefully. The links in the "Course Materials - 135" menu on the right point to important information about the course. You are expected to be familiar with the policies and procedures described.

Additional information will be posted during the semester.  You should check back periodically.

Important note: Use only the Fall 2018 material in the "Course Materials - 135" side menu.  Ignore the Spring 2018 and the Fall 2017 material, which remains there for reference.  The menu items listed underneath "Homework - Fall 2017" are important, except that WebAssign is no longer used in Math 135.  It has now been replaced by MathXL.

In your first lecture, you will be given a 30-minute test which will help us in developing next year’s placement test as well as to help confirm your current placement into Math 135.  This test will not affect your course grade in any way.

Math 135 has many components, including the text, lectures, recitations, homework assignments, MathXL, exams, quizzes and office hours, as well as peer tutoring for students who wish to use it. Attendance at lectures and recitations, unless excused by the instructor, and use of the MathXL online homework system, are required for all students.

The Textbook

The textbook is Calculus: Special Edition: Chapters 1-5, 7th edition, by Smith, Strauss, and Toda, published by Kendall Hunt, 2018; ISBN: 978-1524971359, available at 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.  Please note:  The bookstore lists the 7th edition both new and used because of the way that the bookstore's site is set up, but the 7th edition was just published and is available only new and not used.

There is also an electronic version of this text available directly from Kendall Hunt, https://he.kendallhunt.com/math135.

The textbook includes a student code for accessing WebCOM, which is a practice site that has helpful interactive art practice problems.  WebCOM is not required for Math 135 but some students may want the additional practice.  It comes free with the text.


You are required to purchase access to MathXL and do the online assignments. These assignments will help you with the material in many (but not all) of the official Math 135 homework problems, which will not be handed in for grading but which form your main study guide for the course (see below).

MathXL is an interactive, online homework system. The assignments in MathXL correspond to the sections of the textbook listed in the lecture topics and reflect the approach of the textbook. Each question is algorithmically generated to give each student their own versions of the questions. You will be allowed an unlimited number of attempts on each question. Most exercises include learning aids, such as guided solutions, sample problems and extra help as you’re walking through them. You will also receive helpful feedback when you enter incorrect answers. Each MathXL assignment will have a specific due date and time that you must submit it by. This must be done online.  The MathXL assignments count for 40 points out of 575 total points (see the Syllabus). Their main purpose is to help you understand the course material.

Each student will create their own account by going to MathXL. To register for MathXL, you must have the courseID provided by your instructor. Each section has its own, unique courseID. You can use temporary access as soon as the MathXL course is available. This will allow you to access your assignments for free for 14 days. Click here for MathXL Registration Temporary Access Directions or watch this Video.

You will need to upgrade from temporary access to full access to be able to do your assignments after the 14 days free access. Please click here for directions on how to upgrade to full access.

Watch this VIDEO to learn how to Register for MathXL.

MathXL Student Support:

MathXL works on a series of pop-up screens. You MUST allow for pops-ups when working in MathXL. For help on how to do this, as well as making sure your browser is up to date, click here for System Requirements.

To search our help database for such topics as how to reset your password, click Support.

To contact tech support click Technical Support and fill out the form, and you will be immediately be connected to a support person based on your issue.

Melissa Blum is the Pearson Sales Representative. If you are having technical issues, please contact Technical Support. If you are still having issues after you contacted Technical Support, please email Melissa at Melissa.blum@pearson.com with the Incident Number you receive from working with Technical Support. You must have an Incident Number for Melissa to be able to help.


A calculator will be needed for some of the homework problems and some of the MathXL problems. However, calculators are not allowed on any exams or quizzes. A good scientific calculator (Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus or comparable graphing calculator) should suffice.

The Syllabus

Here is the syllabus page for the course. Here is a lecture-by-lecture description of the course. All of the lecturers will cover all of this material, but each lecturer will set their own schedule, including their midterm-exam dates. The lecturers will inform their students about the details using Sakai. Term grades will be assigned by the lecturer at the end of the semester, after the final exam is graded. Each student's term grade will be based on their total course score based on the table on the syllabus page.  Here is the important official list of homework problems for Math 135. Exam problems, including the problems on the final exam, will be similar to problems in this official list.  This list of homework problems forms the students' main study guide for the course. Homework will not be handed in for grading, but the students are required to understand how to do these problems. The MathXL online homework assignments (required) will help the students with the material in many of these problems. Students are expected to work on the relevant homework problems before coming to the lectures and the recitations. Recitations give students an opportunity to ask questions and to see sample problems worked in detail. Students will not benefit fully from lectures or recitation classes unless they attempt the assigned problems in advance. At the end of most of the recitation classes, there will be a quiz consisting of problems similar to those discussed that day. Each recitation instructor will announce their quiz schedule. Quiz scores are a significant component of the term grade.  In place of written homework, the students are required to do the online MathXL assignments.


There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. The final exam will cover the whole course. The midterm 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 2018, the final exam will be given from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, December 17, 2018. The location of the final exam for each section will be announced late in the semester. No calculators, cell phones, computers or formula sheets will be permitted on any exams or quizzes.

Cell Phone and Laptop Policy

Cell phones need to be turned off and put away during lectures and recitation sections.  Unless you have an urgent special situation, you cannot use your cell phone or allow it to vibrate or ring during lectures or recitation sections.

Many instructors will not allow you to use a laptop during lectures or during recitation sections.  You must respect your instructor's policies.  You may use an iPad type of device to take notes.  Writing notes by hand and asking questions during class if you wish something to be explained further is the best way to learn the material during class.

During exams and quizzes, you are not allowed to have any electronic device.  All such devices must be turned off and put away in your bag during exams.  If your cell phone rings during an exam, you must hand in your exam and leave the exam room, and you will not be allowed to return to the exam room.

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.