MAT 125 - Calculus A
Stony Brook University - Spring 2010
MAT 125: Calculus A Stony Brook, Spring 2010
Single Variable Calculus (Stony Brook Edition)
, by James Stewart.
This is the same book as Stewart's
Concepts and Contexts, 4th ed
, but with a
and a lower price
(a new copy should be about $100 in the bookstore or
). This same book is used by MAT125,
MAT125, MAT127, MAT131 and MAT132; Suffolk Community College also uses this book, but with the other
You may find using a graphing calculator helpful. However, be careful how you use it. Many
students become dependant on their calculators, and wind up being unable to do anything without them. In this
no calculators will be allowed on exams
About this course:
The goal of this course is to develop your understanding of the concepts of 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.
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. Problem assignments are listed below.
Each week there will be approximately 15 homework exercises assigned. They are related to the material
discussed in class that week. Most of the problems are done on the web, but a few are listed for paper
solutions, to be handed in the during the following week in recitation
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.
Examinations and grading:
There will be two evening exams, and a final exam. The dates and times are
listed below; the locations will be announced in lecture. The exam problems will mostly be similar to those on
the homework. There will be occasional brief quizzes in recitation. Part of your grade will be based on class