Math 1131Q — Calculus I (Spring 2017)

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 Math 1131 and 1132 only, then you should purchase the single-variable version of the textbook.
  • If you plan to take Math 1131, 1132 and 2110, 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.

Discussion and Worksheets

Discussion provides an opportunity to ask questions about content from lectures and WebAssign, and explore examples that provide different perspectives and more depth. There will be a worksheet corresponding to each section that you will normally begin working on in discussion, then finish and turn in at the beginning of the next discussion. These worksheets are designed to reinforce and strengthen your knowledge and understanding, and provide practice with writing coherent, well-reasoned answers to questions (very important for exams!). The majority of the grade for these worksheets will be based on completion of the exercises, and a couple exercises on each worksheet will be graded in detail for correctness.


Homework (online)     WebAssign   10%
Quizzes (online)     WebAssign   5%
Worksheets (written)     Discussion   10%
Clicker responses     Lecture   5%
Exam 1: 2nd Discussion Meeting, Week 4     Discussion   15%
Exam 2: 2nd Discussion Meeting, Week 8     Discussion   15%
Exam 3: 2nd Discussion Meeting, Week 13     Discussion   15%
Final Exam:      Common (2 hours)   25%

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 (