MATH 141


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Kalyani Madhu
Office: Hylan 815
Office hours: Thursdays 2-5 pm
Class info: MW 10:25 in Meliora 203 and MW 2:00 in Dewey 2162
Eric Hopper
Office: Hylan 813
Office hours: Wednesday & Thursday 2:30-3:30 PM
Class info: TTh 9:40 in Harkness 115
Eyup Yalcinkaya
Office: Hylan 1015
Office hours: Monday & Tuesday 11:00-12:30
Class info: MW 9:00 in Lattimore Room 210
Arda Huseyin Demirhan
Office: Hylan 919
Office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:00 PM (no appointment, in person) and Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM (by appointment, might be on Zoom).
Class info: TTh 14:00-15:15 in Gavett 206

Course Description

Analysis of the elementary real functions: algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials and their inverses and composites. Their graphs and derivatives. Topics include limits, continuity, asymptotes, the definition of the derivative, derivatives and derivative rules for algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials, and logarithms. Implicit differentiation, related rates, linear appoximation, differentials, mean value theorem, maxima and minima, curve sketchings, l’Hospital’s rule. MTH 141, 142, and 143 is a three-semester sequence that covers, at a slower pace, exactly the same material as the two-semester sequence, MTH 161 and 162. This course uses the Tuesday/Thursday 08:00-09:30am Common Exam time. This course cannot be taken for credit after completing any of MTH 141, 142, 143, 161, or 162. Students who want to repeat a course for a grade need to secure the approval of the Dean by completing an online Repeat Course Request Form.


We use Stewart’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals.

This text just went into a new edition, the 9th. You are welcome to use ANY EDITION of this book.

• You can buy either the book or the digital purchase. You don’t need both. Please read the fine print before you choose the digital purchase.

• This text is used in Math 141-3, 161-2, and 164. It may be cheapest to buy it.

Reading the textbook is an important part of learning. You definitely need a book.

IMPORTANT: Online “tutoring” sites, such as bartleby learn or chegg, are actually cheating resources specifically forbidden under the university’s and the math department’s academic honesty policy. Don’t subscribe to these.


The course schedule can be found here: course schedule.


Your course grade will be based on your work in three areas: Exams, Webwork, and Workshop as follows:
Webwork 15%,
Workshop 5%,
Basic Skills Exam (September 15 at 8am) 10%,
Midterm 1 (October 13 at 8am) 20%,
Midterm 2 (November 15 at 8am) 20%,
Final(Date TBA) 30%

The final exam will have two parts. Part A will be worth 10% of your grade. It will be cumulative. If your score on this exam is better than on a midterm, it will replace the midterm score. (Only one midterm can be replaced.) If your score on this exam is better than your score on the Basic Skills Exam, it will replace that as well. Part B of the final will cover material after the second midterm. It will be worth 20% of your grade.


WeBWorK is an online homework system developed in the Math Dept. at UR and now used throughout the world. After the BSE, there will be weekly WeBWorK assignments, which may consist of up to 25 problems. WeBWorK homework deadlines are Thursday nights at 11:59pm. Please note that extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. A crowded schedule or minor illness are NOT valid reasons to ask for an extension. At most one extension per semester will be granted. If you know you will be absent from school for an extended period, inform your instructor as early as possible so arrangements can be made. The first four webwork assignments are designed to help you prepare for the BSE. They are not weekly. Check the Course Schedule for these.

WeBWorK homework counts for 15% of your total grade. No WeBWork sets will be dropped. Your score at the end of the semester will be based on the number of questions you complete out of the total questions assigned. This includes the BSE-oriented sets. Hence, even if you are not able to complete a given assignments, be sure to complete as much of it as you can.

You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with other students, however, WeBWorK problems are individualized for each student and you must do your own assignment. A “WeBWorK TA” will be available to answer questions about Webwork homework sets until 9pm on Thursdays. Questions received after 9pm may not be answered. There is a button on each problem to email the WeBWorK TA.


Workshop is a small-group meeting led by a teaching assistant. Students will work through a sheet of problems in small groups. Workshop problems are designed to be difficult and to stretch your understanding. Workshop will be worth 15% of your grade, but will be based on attendance only–not on finishing the problem set. You may miss one workshop–your highest 9 will be counted.


All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information is available at:

Any usage whatsoever of online solution sets or paid online resources (, barteby learn, or similar) is considered an academic honesty violation and will be reported to the Board on Academic Honesty. In particular, any assignment found to contain content which originated from such sources is subject to a minimum penalty of zero on the assignment and a full letter grade reduction at the end of the semester (e.g. a B would be reduced to a C). This applies even if the unauthorized content was obtained through indirect means (through a friend for instance) and/or the student is seemingly unaware that the content originated from such sources. If you have any questions about whether resources are acceptable, please check with your instructor.

All exams will take place in person. Wherever possible seats will be assigned. Notes and calculators will not be permitted. Phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted.

You are responsible for reading and following these policies.

Students with Disabilities

The University of Rochester respects and welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities. In the event you encounter any barrier(s) to full participation in this course due to the impact of a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Resources. The access coordinators in the Office of Disability Resources can meet with you to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and explain the eligibility process for establishing academic accommodations. You can reach the Office of Disability Resources at:; (585) 276-5075; Taylor Hall;

The Basic Skills Exam

The BSE will be required of all Math 141 students. A high score will permit you to switch to 161 if you wish. A low score will require you to drop to 140.

Here are steps to take to make sure you are prepared for the exam.

  1. Do your webwork carefully.

    (a) There will be FOUR webwork sets due before the exam. (After the exam, webwork will be weekly.)

    (b) These four sets will count toward your webwork total for the semester.

    (c) The sets cover the topics that will appear on the exam.

    (d) Exam questions will be similar to webwork questions and to suggested exercises.

  2. Do the suggested exercises in the schedule. There are two columns of suggested exercises. The first column has a few suggestions for you to try after reading the assigned chapter and before class. The second column is for you to practice after class to supplement your webwork. Exam questions will be similar to webwork and to supplemental exercises. The first suggested exercises are from a supplement to our textbook: Stewart Algebra Review.

  3. Review your own knowledge, and get help. Look at the algebra review linked here: Stewart Algebra Review. If you are concerned about any of these topics, seek help for them.

Getting help before the BSE exam: Extra help will be available before the exam in the form of walk-in study halls and office hours. Please check the Getting Help link on blackboard.