Math 151: Syllabus - Spring 2020

The following table gives the Spring 2020 grading scheme (updated for online instruction):

ComponentWeight of Component
RU Ready Test 5 percent
Quizzes 9 percent
Workshops 7 percent
SaplingPlus Homework 5 percent
Midterm Exam 1 14 percent
Midterm Exam 2 14 percent 21 percent
Midterm Exam 3 14 percent canceled
Final Exam 32 percent 39 percent
Total 100 percent

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.


Math 112 or 115, or placement into Math 151.

Required Textbook:

Rogawski, et al., Calculus (Early Transcendentals), 4th edition, with Sapling Plus access. Please see the Math Department Master Textbook List for details on what to purchase.

Other Required Resources:

You will need to obtain access to Sapling Plus for online homework assignments. If you purchase the 4th edition of Rogawski from the Rutgers bookstore, your textbook will come with Sapling access.

The RU Ready Test (RURT):

All students will take the RU Ready Test, which will count for 5% of their course grade. The passing score on the RURT will be determined by the math department, and students' scores will be recorded as pass or fail, regardless of their actual raw score on the test. The RURT will be given during the second workshop session scheduled for your class, and you will be allowed to take the RURT only once. For more information about the RURT, read this page.

The Derivatives Assessment (or Derivatives Quiz):

During the semester, there will be a Derivatives Assessment, which covers the various rules for finding derivatives. The Derivatives Assessment will be given during your class's regular workshop session during the period from Wed. March 4 to Tues. March 10. It will count as two quizzes. The Derivatives Assessment will consist of ten multiple choice questions, which are graded on a right/wrong basis without partial credit. Some (not all) lecturers choose to drop the lowest quiz grade at the end of the semester; however, the Derivatives Assessment will not be dropped, regardless of what policy applies to other quizzes in the course. All the questions on the Derivatives Assessment are about calculating derivatives from the derivative rules. Students are expected to know the rule for constant functions, the power rule, the product rule, and the chain rule; the derivatives of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions; and implicit differentiation.

Graphing Calculators and Online Tools:

A graphing calculator, such as the TI-84, may be helpful to you during workshops and while doing homework assignments, but use of calculators will not be permitted on any quiz or test. If you do not have a graphing calculator, there are free online tools, such as Desmos (https://www.desmos.com/calculator), that can provide the functionality that you will need.

Learning goals:

To acquire the ability to compute limits, derivatives and integrals of certain algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. To achieve understanding of the notions of continuity and differentiabitily. To develop the ability to use first and second derivatives to determine the shape of the graph of a function. To acquire practice solving optimization problems using calculus.

SAS Core Curriculum learning goals:

  • QQ: Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information.
  • QR: Apply effective and efficient mathematical or other formal processes to reason and to solve problems.

Attendance Policy:

This class moves through material fast, so attendance is expected at every class period unless unavoidable due to illness, funeral, court appearance, other legitimate emergency. See the Rutgers University attendance policy at http://policies.rutgers.edu/1027-currentpdf.

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.

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