Math 111

First Semester Calculus

  •  (WARNING: Students cannot get credit for more than one of Math 108, Math 111, or Math 131)
Description of the course

Concepts covered in this course include: standard functions and their graphs, limits, continuity, tangents, derivatives, the definite integral, and the fundamental theorem of calculus.  Formulas for differentiation are developed and include formulas for trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  Applications to physics, economics and geometry are highlighted.

Successful completion of Math 111 is awarded 4 semester hours of credit. The lecture sections of the course meet 3 times a week for 50 minutes or twice a week for 80 minutes.  The fourth hour is a required class meeting in which students work additional assigned lab problems with assistance from a graduate student teaching assistant.  Both in class and in the laboratory, students use graphing calculators as tools for experimentation and visualization. The laboratory assignments complement the lectures and examine themes that run throughout the course. The lab component accounts for 15% of the course grade.

  • Single Variable Calculus with Early Transcendentals (8th edition), by James Stewart, published by Cengage Publishing.  It is in the bookstore shrinkwrapped with a WebAssign access code. The course covers most of chapters 1 through 5. 
  • This book will also be used in the Spring 2016 semester for the next course, Math 112.
  • A student solutions manual may be purchased but is not required.
  • Lab assignments can be found electronically below. Your instructor and/or course assistant will let you know which lab assignments you must complete.
  • Students are encouraged to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator for Math 111 and Math 112.  Calculators are used to complete labs and homework.  

Students can expect to take most tests and quizzes without a calculator.


The labs for this course are found below.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the files. You may download Acrobat for free from the Adobe site or you may go to a campus computer lab to access these documents.  Lab 0 should be completed after the first lecture and submitted at the first lab session for grading.  Lab sessions begin on the first full week of classes.


Students are expected to be proficient in the following areas that are necessary for success in calculus:

  •  Algebra
  •  Trigonometry
  •  Logarithms

If you are worried about the level of your preparation for Math 111, you may wish to consider one or more of the following approaches:

  • Math 103 (Precalculus) to improve your skills. This course is designed for students who plan to take calculus but whose algebra and trigonometry backgrounds need improvement. This course does not satisfy the College's first general education requirement (GER-1).  Here is a testimonial from a student who took the course before taking Math 111:

"In my opinion, there are two types of students who would benefit from taking Math 103. The first would be any student who had a year or more away from taking any Math courses. The second would be those students who have always felt that Math wasn't their "strong suit" so to speak. I fell into both of those categories and found 103 to be a tremendous help. It helped rebuild and strengthen my algebra foundation and prepared me for the new material I would encounter in Calculus. I can strongly recommend taking this course."

  • Enroll in a pre-calculus course in your home town the summer before you take Math 111.
Need only one course?

Math 111 satisfies the General Education Requirement (GER 1).  If this is the only reason you want to take the course, you might want to think about some different options that also satisfy the requirement.

Math 104: The Mathematics of Powered Flight
The goal of this course is to study mathematics in an immediately applied context. This course is primarily aimed at non-science students and will fulfill the GER-1 requirement. This course will fulfill the GER-1 requirement.
Math 106: Elementary Probability and Statistics
This course introduces some basic ways of thinking about uncertain phenomena. Quantitative reasoning skills and statistical literacy are emphasized. An important theme is the role of probability in statistical inference. Math 106 has no prerequisites and fulfills GER 1.
Math 108: Brief Calculus with Applications
This course is an introduction to the calculus of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, including some multi-variable calculus, with applications in business, social and life sciences. This course will fulfill the GER-1 requirement

(Important notice: students cannot receive credit or both Math 108 and Math 111.)

For more details on individual sections of Math 111, please contact the instructor of that section. 

Tutoring for Math 111 and Math 112

Free tutoring (beginning on Sunday of the first full week of classes) is provided by graduate assistants for Math 111 and Math 112 in Jones 112 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings.  If you wish to hire a private tutor, a list of tutors is available in the Math Department office, Jones 100. 

Math 111 History Assignment Lesson

Math 111 history assignment1.doc

Final Exam

The exam for all sections of Math 111 is administered during the math block as seen in the exam schedule.   The room assignments for the final exam are posted in the Mathematics Department in Jones Hall the week before the exam.

A Previous Final Examination Paper


 Any Questions?

You may direct them to Professor Zapf by clicking at [[mjzapf]].