Syllabus for Math 135, Section C7

Summer 2010

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

Text: CALCULUS, Custom Edition for Rutgers University, published by Pearson Custom Publishing. Copyright 2008 and earlier. ISBN 0-536-80120-7 or 0-536-26071-0

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Meeting times:  MWF 6:00 – 8:40,  Hill-525 (BUSCH)

First Midterm Exam: 6:00 - 7:20 in Hill-525 on Monday, June 21, 2010 (class will continue after a 10 minute break)

Second Midterm Exam: 6:00 - 7:20 in Hill-525 on Monday, July 12, 2010 (class will continue after a 10 minute break)

Final Exam: 6:00 - 9:00 on Friday, July 23, 2010, Hill-525

Lecturer:                Professor Robert Wilson

Office:                   340 HILL                                                                                                              

Office phone:        732-445-2390 Ext 1317                                                                                         

Email:                   rwilson at                                                                         

Web page:   

Office hours:         MWF 4:00 – 5:45 in HILL-340 (BUSCH)                                                                                             

Many students find a graphing calculator useful in this course. The recommended calculator is the TI-83 Plus. The lecturer and the recitation instructor can provide limited help in the operation of these calculators. Students may use other brands and models of calculators, but they are on their own if they have problems. However, computers and calculators WILL NOT BE PERMITTED on exams.

Course purpose. This course is intended to provide an introduction to calculus for students in the biological sciences, business, economics, and pharmacy. Math 136 and Math 138 are possible continuations of this course. There is another calculus sequence, Math 151, 152, and 251, intended for students in mathematical and physical sciences, engineering, and computer science. Taking Math 152 after Math 135 is permitted but is quite difficult. Math 136 and Math 138 do 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. However, Section 1.4 will be skipped and, in consequence, we will not consider inverse trigonometric functions. The planned content of each lecture is described at the end of this syllabus.

For a review of preliminary topics (Sections 1.1-1.3) see this 50 minute audio/visual presentation:             How to do well in calculus/

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

Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a cumulative final. The midterm exams will count 100 points each and the final will count 250 points. Exams will be closed book and student-prepared formula sheets will not be permitted. An official formula sheet will be provided with each exam. The dates of the midterm exams will be June 21 and July 12. The final exam will be on July 23.  All exams are written by the lecturer.

Homework and Quizzes: Homework problems are assigned for each class (see Students are expected to work on the problems for a particular class before the next class. Homework will not be collected. However, students are encouraged to ask questions about problems with which they had difficulty. During almost every class there will be a brief (10 minute) quiz covering material discussed during the previous class. This quiz will consist of one or two problems similar to the homework problems related to the previous class. Together the quizzes will count 75 points toward the term grade.

WeBWorK: The Mathematics Department provides a Web-based system called WeBWorK that allows students to work on selected problems and to submit answers until they get the problem right. Each student gets different versions of the problems to solve. WeBWorK assignments must be done online. The WeBWorK grade counts 75 points toward the term grade and is determined by how many problems the student eventually gets right, not on the number of tries needed to get the correct answer.

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



Hour Exams


Final Exam


Recitation Quizzes


WebWork Problems




Grading standards: 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.

Academic Integrity: Students are expected to be aware of and abide by the University’s Interim Academic Integrity Policy as described at

Schedule: Here is a tentative schedule for the course.

Class 1               June 2             Sections 1.1 - 1.3             

Class 2               June 4             Sections 2.1, 2.2             

Class 3               June 7             Sections 2.3, 2.4             

Class 4               June 9             Sections 3.1, 3.2             

Class 5               June 11           Section 3.2, 3.3             

Class 6               June 14           Section 3.4             

Class 7               June 16           Section 3.5             

Class 8               June 18           Section 3.6             

Class 9               June 21           Exam #1; Section 3.7             

Class 10             June 23           Section 3.7, 3.8             

Class 11             June 25           Section 4.1             

Class 12             June 28           Sections 4.2,4.3             

Class 13             June 30           Section 4.4             

Class 14             July 2             Section 4.5             

Class 15             July 7             Section 4.6             

Class 16             July 9             Sections 4.6, 4.7             

Class 17             July 12           Exam #2; Section 5.1             

Class 18             July 14           Sections 5.1, 5.2             

Class 19             July 16           Sections 5.2, 5.3            

Class 20             July 19           Section 5.4             

Class 21             July 21           Section 5.5             

Class 22             July 23           Final Exam (6-9 PM)                                                                               

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Various announcements will be posted here during the semester.


Review problems for Final:             http://final exam review problems

Solutions to review problems for Final Exam:              http://final_exam_review_solutions

REVIEW SESSION FOR EXAM #2 - SATURDAY 7/10 - 2:00 - 4:30 PM - HILL 525 

Review problems for Exam #2:             http://exam_2_review_summer.pdf

Solutions to review problems for Exam #2:              http://exam_2_review_solutions_summer_2010.pdf

Formula sheet for Exam #2:             Formula sheet #2

Copy of Professor Wilson's second exam for Math 135 during spring 2010 (with solutions):             http://exam_2_spring_solutions.pdf

Review problems for Exam #1:             http://summer_exam_1_review.pdf

Solutions to review problems for Exam #1:             http://summer_exam_1_review_solutions.pdf

Copy of Professor Wilson's first exam for Math 135 during spring 2010 (with solutions):             http://exam_1_form_A_solutions.pdf

Formula sheet for Exam #1:             http://formsheet1.pdf