640:135 - Calculus I

Syllabus - Fall 2018




Prerequisite: Placement into calculus, Rutgers Math 112 or Math 115, or equivalent.

Text: 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. There is also an electronic version of this text available directly from Kendall Hunt, https://he.kendallhunt.com/math135. See the additional information on the Course overview page.

Course overview

Lecture topics

Homework (required for exams but not collected for grading)

MathXL online homework system: See the information on the Course overview page.


Final Exam: 4:00--7:00 pm on Monday, December 17, 2018.

The lecturer and the recitation instructor will provide the following information:



Office phone

Email address

Office hours

The lecturer will use Sakai to provide important information throughout the semester.

Course purpose: This course is intended to provide an introduction to calculus for students in the biological sciences, business, economics and pharmacy. Math 136 is a possible continuation of this course. There is another calculus sequence, Math 151, 152 and 251, intended for students in the mathematical and physical sciences, engineering and computer science. Taking Math 152 after Math 135 is permitted but is quite difficult. Math 136 does not satisfy the prerequisite for Math 251. Students for whom taking either Math 152 or Math 251 is a serious possibility are strongly encouraged to start calculus with Math 151, not Math 135.

Course topics: The course will cover the bulk of the material in Chapters 1-5 of the text. The planned content of each lecture is given in the lecture-by-lecture description of the course.

The term grade will be based on the results of the exams, the scores on quizzes in recitation, and performance on the MathXL assignments. Here is more information about the individual components of the grade:

Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam.  The final exam will cover the whole course. The midterm exams will count 100 points each and the final will count 250 points. Exams will be closed book, and no formula sheets will be permitted or supplied. The problems on the exams will often be similar to problems in the official list of homework problems. The lecture numbers listed for the midterm exams in the lecture schedule are tentative. The actual dates of the midterm exams will be determined by each lecturer.  The midterm exams will take place at the regular class-meeting time, often in the regular classroom, but it is possible that your midterm exams will held in a room different from the regular classroom; the lecturer will announce the location of the midterm exams.  Each midterm exam will be designed to be a 70-minute exam during the 80-minute class period.  Students are required to arrive at the start of the 80-minute class period for each midterm exam, and to bring their Rutgers photo ID card for checking by the instructor. The midterm exams are written by the lecturers, and different sections will have different midterm exams. The final exam is written by the course coordinator and is the same for all the students in Math 135. Students are required to arrive early for their final exam, and to bring their Rutgers photo ID card for checking by the instructor. The locations of the final exam for the various sections will be announced late in the semester.  Calculators are not permitted on any exams or quizzes.

Recitation quizzes:  Homework problems are assigned for each section of the book covered in the syllabus. Students are expected to work on the problems for a particular lecture prior to the lecture and the recitation class devoted to that material. Homework will not be collected, but (see above) many exam problems, including the problems on the final exam, will be similar to homework problems in the official list. Students are encouraged to ask questions in recitation about problems with which they had difficulty. At the end of the most recitation classes there will be a quiz consisting of problems similar to homework problems. The recitation instructors will announce the dates of their quizzes. Together the quizzes will count 80 points toward the term grade.

MathXL:  See the information the Course overview page.

In summary, here are the components of the term grade with their maximum possible points:

Midterm exams 200
Final exam 250
Recitation quizzes 80
MathXL assignments 40
Attendance 5
Total 575

Learning goals:
The successful student should understand the fundamentals of differential and integral calculus and should be able to solve problems similar to those in the official homework list, the MathXL assignments, and the worked examples from the text related to the official homework problems.

Special accommodations: Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must follow the procedures outlined at https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/applying-for-services.

Missing Exams: If a student must miss an exam, the student must notify the instructor by email BEFORE the exam (if at all possible). The student is required to provide a valid excuse---in general, documentation from a doctor or official documentation that the student is participating in a Rutgers-approved activity. Instructors should also make accommodations if exams conflict with religious holidays. In any case, the student must follow their instructor's policy regarding credit for midterm exams that are missed because of a valid excuse. No credit will be allowed for any exam that is missed without a valid excuse.

Grading standards: Course letter grades are not determined until the end of the semester, after the final exam is graded. A student's grade is based on their total course score out of 575 (see above). The meanings of the grades in Math 135 are related to the probable success of the student in Math 136. Grades of A or B indicate that the student is well prepared for Math 136. A grade of C indicates that the student can probably succeed in Math 136, but that they will have to work harder in Math 136 than they did in Math 135. A grade of D suggests that although the student is allowed to take Math 136, the chances of success are quite small. In any case the student should review the material from Math 135 before proceeding to Math 136.

Academic Integrity: All Rutgers students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the academic integrity policy (http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/academic-integrity-policy). Violations of the policy are taken very seriously.