Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Welcome to Calculus at Villanova!
Developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marvel of all that is mathematics begins with Calculus.
All students in the major and the minor will complete a rigorous sequence of courses exploring differential, integral, and multivariate Calculus.
What is the course textbook?
The textbook for this course is Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th edition James Stewart. ISBN: 9781305616691
This textbook is used for all three courses.
In addition, many faculty are utilizing WebAssign, a web-based supplement to our textbook. This portal connects students to online homework problems, online quizzes, video instruction and an eBook. Cengage, the publisher, has ensured that a one-time, "Life of Edition" access code will cover access to WebAssign for all three semesters of Calculus.
Purchasing the loose-leaf version of the textbook through the Villanova Bookstore guarantees that students will obtain both the book and the appropriate WebAssign access code.
Note: If you choose to rent a book that comes without a WebAssign Access code, you will be required to purchase the access code separately if your instructor uses WebAssign.
Upon the start of each semester, students will receive a second code, the CLASS KEY, from their instructor. This code enrolls them into the specific course set up by their instructor for that semester
Students who prefer a cost effective, but strictly digital experience, please head directly to http://webassign.net/, and click the ENTER CLASS KEY button from the top. Enter the class key provided by your instructor. Register an account using your Villanova credentials. When you choose your subscription plan, choose the 4-month option. Students access WebAssign within Cengage Unlimited. Calculus access to WebAssign is always multi-term within Cengage Unlimited. So as long as you have an account, enroll in semester 1, you will have access throughout your time at Villanova.
Every professor customizes this tool for their own class.
What type of technology will be used in the course?
Computer: Maple is a Computer Algebra System that that is both powerful and easy to use. The Calculus faculty will be using Maple to introduce and reinforce topics in the curriculum.
It runs on both a PC and a MAC.You can download it directly from UNIT. Please check with UNIT for clarification about supported platforms.
It is free for all members of the Villanova community.
Calculators: Every faculty member sets the rules for calculator usage in their class.
Where can I get help?
All student can work with peer tutors at the Mathematics Learning Resource Center, located on the 2nd floor of Falvey Memorial Library.
I took Advanced Placement Exams. How will my AP scores help me advance?
Students who have completed Advanced Placement Exams will need to check the guidelines set by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in order to determine if they are eligible to receive credit for Calculus I (MAT 1500) and Calculus II (MAT 1505).
The Calculus Coordinator, Dr. Kathleen Acker, can help answer any additional questions.