01:640:151 - Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Math 151 (Calculus I for Math and Physical Sciences) is the first semester of the three-semester calculus sequence for the mathematical and physical sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Math 151 covers differential calculus of the elementary functions of a single real variable: the rational, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their inverses; various applications via the Mean Value Theorem; and an introduction to the integral calculus.

All sections of Math 151 will have two lecture meetings and one workshop meeting per week. The Lecturer presents the course material during the lecture meetings.  The workshop class is a smaller meeting with a Workshop Instructor (WI), where students engage in group work to solve in-depth problems related to the content delivered in the lectures. Workshops typically require students to complete a pre-class assignment, a write-up of their in-class activity results, and a short quiz following the problem-solving session. The workshop problems will form the basis for some of the problems that students will encounter on midterm exams and on the final exam.

Textbook and Online Homework:   The required textbook is Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals (15th edition), by Hass, et al. with MyMathLab access code. Students may use either the hardcover edition or the eBook; they contain the same material. Students must purchase MyMathLab access with their textbook.  Both are available through the Rutgers bookstore.

  • The ISBN for the physical textbook with MyMathLab access is 978-0137559756.
  • The ISBN for the eBook with MyMathLab access is 978-0137560103.

Math 151 covers Chapters 1-5 of the textbook.  The course sets the following learning goals for each student:

  • 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 differentiability.
  • 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.

A more detailed list of learning goals can be found here.

Specific course information, resources, and policies for the current semester are available to course registrants through the Math 151: All Sections Canvas site.

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