Math 131H-A: Fall 2010
Instructor : Luc Rey-Bellet
Office : 1423 J LGRT
Phone : 545-6020
E-Mail : luc <at> math.umass.edu
Office Hours : M 1:30--2:30, Tu 2:00--4:00pm, Th 11:30--12:30 , or by appointment.
Class Meeting : MWF 10:10--11:00 LGRT 113
Recitation: Tu 1:25--2:15 LGRC A203
Instructor: Dechang Chen
Office : 1323 O LGRT
Office hours: M 2:30--3:30, W 1:30--2:30.
E-Mail: dchen <at> math.umass.edu"
Calculus Tutoring center: The Calculus tutoring center is in LGRT 110 and
is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 3pm for every student in Math 131, Math 132, and Math 233. You can drop at any
time and ask questions to the present instructors. The center will start operating Monday Sep. 13 and the schedule can be found
Syllabus: This course is part of a 3-semester sequence (131-132-233), covering
standard material on differential and integral calculus at an intermediate level: more sophisticated
(and much faster moving) than high school calculus, but with less emphasis on theoretical rigor than
in advanced courses. Instead the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications
suitable for students majoring in engineering, natural sciences, computer science,
and mathematics. In Math 131 we cover differential calculus and some of the integral calculus (Sections 1 to 5 in Stewart).
Text : Stewart, Calculus, Early Transcendentals (6th edition).
The Umass textbook annex has a customized version for University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
This is a cheaper paperback version. Make sure to get the correct one ("volume 1").
We will NOT use the Webassign, so do not purchase the WebAssign license or the textbook+WebAssign bundle.
Course Web page: www.math.umass.edu/~lr7q/m131ha-fall2010/m131hahome.html
Grading : There is a final exam worth 30% and two exams during the semester worth 25% each.
The final 20% of each student's grade will be determined by the homework and attendance.
Scales for letter grades:
A : 90 A-: 87 B+: 83 B : 80 B-: 77
C+: 73 C : 70 C-: 67 D+: 63
D : 60 F : <60
Exam schedule : It is your responsibility to be fully aware of the policies in the
make-up policy . Please inform me asap in case of conflict
with another exam.
There will two midterms exams and a final exam. The final exam is comprehensive with
some emphasis placed on topics covered after the second exam. You are allowed to use a calculator during the exams.
Please be aware of these dates and write them down in your datebook. Sections covered on an exam will be announced
before the exam date. The date and time of the final exam will be scheduled by the university.
Adjust your travel plans accordingly.
For some practice exams look at
OLD EXAMS .
Here you will find a weekly
schedule for day-to-day coverage of the material. You will also find recommended problems for each section.
These problem will be discussed during the recitation section. This page will be updated as needed so please check it often.
Homework: Important Note: Most of your weekly homework will be
done using the online WeBWorK system.
- Go to
To log the first time into the system: your user name is the user name of your
UMASS email address (in other words, the `xxx' part of
email@example.com), and your password is your 8 digit UMASS id. Once logged
into the system you should change your password (click on the PASSWORD/EMAIL link).
The first homework on the list is called WebWork Intro . You can use
it to learn the basic syntax used in WeBWorK and how to enter your answers correctly. Take a few minutes to
look at it before you start with PS#1.
Aside from PS#1, in all subsequent homework there is a limit to the
number of times you can attempt each problem
each student's problem set is individually customized
use the email instructor button as your
last resort -- by that I mean:
i.e. do as you would with normal, regular office hours!
think through the problem first,
read the textbooks and talk to your classmates, and if you're still
use the email button