MATH 143


  • Joshua Sumpter
    • Lecture: MW 12:30-1:45PM, Zoom (ID:921 9525 2754)
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    • Office Hours: MW 4-5 PM Online (Zoom ID: 285 037 9846)
  • Donovan Snyder
    • Lecture: MW 12:30-1:45pm, Hylan Building Room 101
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    • Office Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm and Thursday 4-5pm in Hylan 710


  • John Lin
    • Recitations:
      • Monday 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Hylan Building Room 1106B
      • Wednesday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Hylan Building Room 1106B
      • Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Hylan Building Room 1106B
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  • Mary Liu
    • Recitations:
      • Tuesday 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Hylan Building Room 1104
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  • Isabella Wang
    • Recitations:
      • Thursday 3:25 PM - 4:40 PM Hylan Building Room 1106B
      • Friday 10:25 AM - 11:40 AM Bausch & Lomb Room 269
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  • Awad Yousra (Webwork TA)
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Study Group

The Learning Center holds a weekly study group for this course, led by My Nguyen, on Mondays from 5-6:15pm in Dewey 1-160N. These are not a part of the course but would be very beneficial to attend regularly.

Course description


MTH 143 is a continuation of MTH 141/142. This course covers sequences, series, parametric and polar curves. Goals of this course include:

  • Thinking critically, carefully, and logically, and then communicating this thought clearly.

  • Reinforcing algebraic manipulation and trig techniques learned in previous courses.

  • Providing tools and techniques for use in other disciplines. Many examples will come from geometry, graphs, and the simple physics of motion.

Topics covered

MTH 143 begins with the study of sequences and series. A variety of tests for convergence with be introduced including the comparison tests, the integral test, the alternating series test, and the ratio and root tests. Representing functions as power series will be covered along with a treatment of Taylor series. The calculus of parametric and polar curves will be introduced and developed.

Homework and Exams

Homework will be in the form of WeBWork. You can log in via the link in Blackboard. The lowest two scores will be dropped. WeBWork will generally be due on Mondays at 11:59 PM. Problem set 00 is just a warm-up and is neither required nor graded, but please feel free to do it if you are feeling rusty on the WeBWork format.

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam for the course. See Exams & Grading for more information.


The official textbook is Stewart Calculus: Early transcendentals (Daniel K. Clegg, James Stewart, and Saleem Watson, 9th edition). Hardcover or electronic is fine, and text is available through the UR Library. The 7th or 8th edition (which you may be able to find cheaper) will also suffice, but there will be some differences in the problem numbering.


If you are having difficulty seek help immediately - do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind. There are several avenues for you to get help and ask questions.

  • Attend lectures and actively participate by solving examples and asking questions.

  • Recitations to clarify concepts with other students and get help from TAs.

  • Go to instructor office hours or schedule an appointment to meet with your instructor.

  • A math study hall takes place in Hylan 1104 Mon-Thu evenings. See the schedule for this semester here

  • The Learning Center holds a study group for this course, and often has tutoring services.


Academic Integrity Statement:

You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the University of Rochester’s academic integrity code. For a complete listing, visit the College’s academic honesty web site. Any violation of academic integrity will be pursued according to the specified procedures.

WeBWork: You are welcome and encouraged to collaborate with other students on WeBWork. Each of you will have slightly different versions of the same problems, though, and all work you submit must be your own. You are allowed to use calculators or other software (e.g. Wolfram Alpha) on WeBWork, but be aware that you will not be allowed these resources on exams.

Math Dept policy on unauthorized online resources: Any usage whatsoever of online solution sets or paid online resources (e.g. chegg 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). Depending on the circumstances, this may apply 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.

Disability Resources:

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)275-9049; 1-154 Dewey Hall.

Please reach out to your instructor early in the term to discuss how best to accommodate your needs.

Credit hours

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets 3 academic hours per week. The course also includes recitations for 1.5 academic hours per week.