MAT 125:CalculusA

Stony Brook,

Fall 2014

About this course: The goal of this course is to develop your understanding of the concepts of differential calculus and your ability to apply them to problems both within and outside of mathematics. Functions are presented and analyzed as tables, graphs, and formulas. You need to continue to develop your proficiency at manipulating formulas and equations, which are the language of science. Fluency in this language is essential for success in science or engineering.

Text: Single Variable Calculus (Stony Brook Edition 4), by James Stewart. 
This is the same book as Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, 4th ed, but with a different cover. However, the Stony Brook Edition comes with an access code for WebAssign and ; this is available at the campus bookstore or Stony Books (where it is $5 cheaper). You can also use the older version (the 3rd edition) although you'll have to get WebAssign separately ($35 or ask someone taking MAT131 to give you theirs). There are also electronic-only versions of the text available at WebAssign ($60-85 including WebAssign access),CourseSmart ($92, WebAssign not included), or you can buy individual (electronic) chapters for $14 each (no WebAssign).

Calculators: A calculator is not required for this course, but you may find using a graphing calculator helpful. However, be careful how you use it. Many students become dependent on their calculators, and wind up being unable to do anything without them. In this course, no calculators will be allowed on exams.

Homework: You can not learn calculus without working problems. Expect to spend at least 8 hours a week solving problems; do all of the assigned problems, as well as additional ones to study. If you do not understand how to do something, get help from your TA, your lecturer, your classmates, or in the Math Learning Center. You are encouraged to study with and discuss problems with others from the class, but write up your own homework by yourself, and make sure you understand how to do the problems. Specific problem assignments can always be found on the web at the schedule page.

Practice exams: The problems and their solutions will be posted a week before examinations. Practice exams are essential ingredients in your preparation to actual exams. They might contain some important points that were not thoroughly covered in homeworks.

Examinations and grading: There will be two evening exams, and the ever-popular final exam. The dates and times are listed below; the locations will be announced later. Success on the exams will require correct and efficient solutions to the more difficult of the homework problems. Part of your grade will be based on class participation in both recitation and lecture.



% of Final Grade

Exam 1

Monday, September 22

8:45-10:15 pm


Exam 2

Thursday, October 30

8:45-10:15 pm


Final Exam

Wednesday, Dec.10



homeworks (WebAssign and paper)


participation in lecture and recitation


Make sure that you can attend the exams at the scheduled times. You have to have a Stony Brook ID on you. Make-ups will not be given. If you have evening classes, resolve any conflicts now. If one midterm exam is missed because of a serious (documented) illness or emergency, the semester grade will be determined based on the balance of the work in the course.

Reading: The textbook is intended to be read. Read the assigned sections before the lecture! This will greatly increase your comprehension, and enable you to ask intelligent questions in class. Furthermore, the lectures will not always be able to cover all of the material for which you will be responsible.

Office Hours: All lectures and TAs must hold at least three scheduled office hours per week. They are there to help you, so make use of these hours. You may go to any hours for any of the people associated with the course; the various office hours are listed on the Teaching Staff section of the class web page. You can also make appointments at other times.

Math Learning Center: The Math Learning Center, in Math S-240A, is there for you to get help with Calculus. It is staffed most days and some evenings-- your lecturer or TA may hold some of his or her office hours there. A schedule should be posted outside the room and at the Math Undergraduate Office.

Disability Support Services (DSS) Statement:

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748). They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.  Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website:

Academic Integrity Statement:

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

Critical Incident Management Statement:

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.

To satisfy the Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS) learning objective, students must pass a QPS

certified course with a letter grade of C or higher.

Learning Outcomes for “Master Quantitative Problem Solving”

1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics.
2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
3. Employ quantitative methods such as algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics to solve problems.
4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.
5. Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.