640:135 - Calculus I

Syllabus - Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Please be sure to carefully read all of the Spring 2019 Math 135 pages (also available on the right sidebar under "Course Materials - 135"):

Students are expected to be familiar with all of the described policies and procedures. Additional information may be posted during the semester.

This page contains general syllabus information. Individual lecturers will provide their own details through Sakai. 

Instructor information:
The lecturer and recitation instructor will provide their name, office, email address, and office hours. The lecturer will use Sakai to provide important information throughout the semester.

Placement into calculus, or completion of Math 112 or Math 115, or equivalent.

Calculus: Special Edition: Chapters 1-5, 7th edition, Smith, Strauss, and Toda. Kendall Hunt, 2018. (ISBN: 978-1524971359)
(additional information on Course Overview)

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.

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.

Math 123 - Preparation for Calculus I: 
Starting in Fall 2019, the Math Department will be offering the drop-down course Math 123. Any student taking Math 135 and considering dropping the course with a grade of W will be allowed to instead change their enrollment from Math 135 to Math 123 with no grade of W. Students will also maintain their credit load through a combination of degree credits and E-credits.

Math 123 will be an 8-week course intended to help students dropping down from Math 135 to fill in the gaps to master their knowledge of the skills needed to succeed in Calculus I. More information will become available closer to the Fall 2019 semester.

Math 135 vs. Math 151:
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. 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 textbook. The planned content of each lecture is given in the lecture-by-lecture description of the course.

Your grade in the course is determined by the number of points you earn in each grading category in the table below. There is a total of 575 points available in the course. 

MathXL 40
Quizzes 80
Midterm exams 200
Final exam 250
Attendance 5
Total 575

Your final letter grade in the course is then determined at the end of the semester by the procedure described in this document. The meanings of the letter grades in Math 135 are related to the probable success of the student in Math 136.

  • Grades of A or B: The student is well prepared for Math 136.
  • Grade of C: The student can probably succeed in Math 136, but they will have to work harder in Math 136 than they did in Math 135.
  • Grade of D: Although the student is allowed to take Math 136, the chance of success is quite small. In any case, the student should review the material from Math 135 before proceeding to Math 136.
  • Grade of F: The student has not shown satisfactory mastery of the material in Math 135. The student is not allowed to take any course which requires Math 135 as a prerequisite.

These are the Math 135 proficiency standards. They indicate how the Math Department coverts numerical socres on exams to letter grades, depending on the exact difficulty level of each exam since exams inevitably fluctuate slightly in difficulty level. Your final course grade also depends on your performance on the quizzes and on the MathXL assignments, as described above.

There is neither a predetermined proportion nor a quota of A's, B's, C's, or any other grade. For instance, if every Math 135 student demonstrates sufficient proficiency to be well-prepared for Math 136 at the end of the semester, then it is really true that every student will get A or B. In particular, Math 135 students are not competing with each other for grades. They are competing only with themselves to master the material as well as they possibly can. Letter grades are a reflection of the quality of work the individual student has produced.

Important: These meanings of the various letter grades also correspond to the proficiency standards for the various majors that require Math 135, such as business, economics, biology, psychology, pharmacy, etc.

See the course overview for all information related to MathXL.


  • Students will take a quiz at the end of (most) recitations.
  • Students are expected to work on the relevant HW exercises in the official list of HW exercises before attending recitation. Quizzes will be similar to these problems.

Midterm exams:

  • The lecture numbers listed for the midterm exams in the lecture schedule of the course are tentative. The actual dates of the midterm exams will be determined by your professor.
  • The midterm exams will take place at the regular lecture meeting time, usually in the regular classroom. Your professor will announce the location of the midterm exams if they will be held in a different room.
  • The problems on the midterm exams will often be similar to problems in the official list of HW exercises. The midterm exams are written by the lecturers.
  • Midterm exams 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 period.
  • Students must bring their Rutgers photo ID to each midterm exam.
  • No calculators or electronic devices are allowed on any exam. See the course overview for phone and laptop policy for exams.

Final exam:

  • For spring 2019, the final exam will be given from 4:00pm - 7:00pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • The location of the final exam will be announced by your professor later in the semester.
  • The final exam will cover the entire course. The problems on the final exam will be similar to problems in the official list of HW exercises. The final exam is written by the course coordinator all Math 135 students take the same final exam.
  • Students are required to arrive early for their final exam.
  • Students must bring their Rutgers photo ID to the final exam.
  • No calculators or electronic devices are allowed on any exam. See the course overview for phone and laptop policy for exams.

Special accommodations:
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must follow the procedures outlined by the Office of Disability Services.

Missing exams:

  • If you must miss an exam, then you must notify your instructor by email before the exam if at all possible. You must provide a valid excuse, which generally must be accompanied by documentation from a doctor or official documentation that you are participating in a Rutgers-approved activity.
  • Instructors must make accommodations if an exam conflicts with religious observance. Students 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.

Academic Integrity:
All Rutgers students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the academic integrity policy. Violations of the policy are taken very seriously.