Math 1131Q — Calculus I (Fall 2015)

Description: This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus, which is the mathematical language used in any science concerned with dynamically changing quantities. The main topics it covers are limits, derivatives, integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and some basic applications of these ideas.

Prerequisites: Passing score on the Calculus Readiness Test.


The textbook for the course is Calculus Early Transcendentals, Single Variable by James Stewart (8th Edition), which is bundled with a WebAssign code for doing online homework.

BUYING THE BOOK AND WEBASSIGN ACCESS CODE: you can buy the bundled version of Calculus Early Transcendentals, Single Variable by James Stewart (8th Edition) either at the UConn Coop or online directly from the publisher. Both the text and the Webassign code are required for this course. The unbundled version of the book (that is, the book without a WebAssign access code) can be obtained in many places, but the cost of buying the unbundled text and the WebAssign code separately may be significantly greater. How can you decide which version of the text to buy?

  • If you plan to take Math 1131 or take Math 1131 and 1132 then you should purchase the single-variable version of the textbook.
  • If you plan to take Math 1131, 1132, and 2110 (multivariable calculus) then you should purchase the heavier book Calculus Early Transcendentals by Stewart (8th Edition) that has chapters on multivariable calculus in the table of contents.

There are three ways to purchase the text and the WebAssign access code:

  • Get the text and WebAssign access code bundled together from the publisher’s special website for either single variable (1131/1132) or multivariable (1131/1132/2110).
  • Get the text and WebAssign access code bundled together at the UConn Co-op.
  • Get the text separately from anywhere, and buy the WebAssign access code when you access your homework through HuskyCT.

We do not recommend using the third option above, because it is more expensive to buy the access code and the text book separately than bundled together. The option to buy the text and WebAssign access code bundled together lets you use that access code for the life of the edition of the textbook.
Graphing calculators: TI 82, 83, 84, 84 plus, 85 or 86 are recommended. Models TI-89 and above (including TI-Nspire) are not permitted on the exams or quizzes.

i>clicker Registration:

Clickers will be used in the lectures. You must register your i>clicker by visiting the link through the lecture section of your instructor in HuskyCT.

Homework and WebAssign:

Homework: To access the homework you will have to go through Husky CT. In your account you will find a link to do your homework using WebAssign. There will be homework assignments for each section of the text. Each assignment will be made available on WebAssign several days before the section is covered in class. The due date for each assignment will be set by your instructor and will generally be two or three days after the material is covered in class. You will get five attempts for each question that is not multiple choice and fewer than five attempts for each multiple choice question; the exact number of attempts will depend on the number of choices. After each attempt, you will be told whether your answer is correct or not. If you are not able to get the correct answer after your initial attempts, we recommend that you seek help from your instructor, the Q-Center, a tutor, or another student before attempting to answer the problem again.

Warning: When accessing your online homework, use Firefox or Chrome as your browser; there are problems that can occur if you use Internet Explorer or Safari.

Useful tips on using WebAssign can be found here
Quizzes: There will be a quiz on most homework assignments. These quizzes will be timed assignments on WebAssign and will generally be due one day after the homework assignment. There may be additional quizzes in the discussion sections.


Homework (online)     WebAssign   5%
Quizzes (online)     WebAssign   5%
Quizzes and Worksheets (in person)     Discussion   10%
Clicker responses     Lecture class   5%
Exam 1: (Tuesday September 29, 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM)     Common evening exam   20%
Exam 2: (Tuesday November 3, 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM)     Common evening exam   20%
Final Exam:  (Saturday December 19, 1-3 PM)     Common (2 hours)   35%

The common midterm exams will be held on Tuesday (9/29/2015 and 11/3/2015) 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM in rooms that will be listed here later. The dates and times are listed in PeopleSoft, but not the rooms.

How to study for this course

  1. Attend lecture and discussion class.
  2. Read the explanations and examples in the textbook.
  3. Watch videos ( Each video last 8-15 minutes and covers some of the difficult and/or critical concepts.
  4. Do online homeworks and quizzes.
  5. Revisit Concept Questions (
  6. Review using Flash Cards (