Math 151: Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Math 151 is the first course in the calculus sequence in New Brunswick for majors in the mathematical sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering.  For all students, lectures are given twice a week (80 min.) and workshops once a week (80 min.).  Topics covered include: differential calculus of elementary functions of a single real variable, rational, trigonometric and exponential functions and their inverses, various applications via the Mean Value Theorem, introduction to integral calculus.

Other versions of this course are also offered 
(e.g., 640-151, 151H, 153, 191), with admission to these sections restricted to departmental selection in Engineering and Mathematics.

Required Course Materials: 

Textbook:  Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd. edition, by Jon Rogawski, W.H. Freeman Company, 2012 (1050 pp.).  A special package with ISBN 1-4641-0376-3 is available in local bookstores or directly from the publisher with free shipping.  Some background material, linked here, is included in the "Rutgers edition" of the book. This material should be the only difference between the generally available book and the Rutgers version.

Calculator:  A graphing calculator is required for this course. We recommend the TI-83 or 83+, but any calculator with equivalent capacities can be used, such as the TI-85 or TI-86.  Calculators cannot be used on exams.

The course will concentrate on straightforward applications such as those described in these nice tutorials. Students should be aware that the numerical and graphical output of devices like graphing calculators may be deceptive. You shouldn't read more into the output than is there. Problems can happen if you don't heed this warning!

Grading Scheme:
The standard grading scheme for Math 151 is as follows:

 Homework/Quizzes 50
 Workshops 75
 Exam #1 100
 Exam #2 100
 Final 200

The course grade is determined by the number of points the student earns out of a total 525 points. Individual lecturers may have slightly different numbers of points for workshops, quizzes and textbook homework. Check with your instructor.

There are two additional comments on course grades.
  • Students who miss a significant number of classes may have their course grades lowered one step (for example, from a C+ to a C) by their instructor.  Attendance is very useful!
  • Students whose exam grades all are near bare passing or are failing may fail the course in spite of numerical averages: students must show that they can do adequate work connected with this course independently and verifiably.
The University is committed to a culture of academic engagement between students and faculty.  Part of this commitment involves taking responsibility for attending your classes, labs and exams, and informing your instructors when you cannot attend.

Rutgers students are expected to attend all scheduled course meetings.  University policy excuses absences due to religious observance or participation in Rutgers-approved activities, and permits students to make up work missed for these circumstances.

If you will be absent from a class, lab or exam for any reason, please
report your absence.  Here is the SAS webpage on class attendance and a link to the Rutgers Academic Calendar.

Academic Integrity:
Suspected violations of academic integrity (cheating) will definitely be reported. Students should be familiar with Academic Integrity Policy and understand that the penalties for infractions (breaking the rules) can be quite severe.

Disability Accommodations:
If you have a disability, you must coordinate with the Office of Disability Services to contact your Instructor and TA right away.  In order to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a successful learning experience, please provide the letter by the end of the second week of the course.