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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.

Updated July 2021

What topics are covered?
    Calculus I MAT 1500 Syllabus
    Calculus II MAT 1505 Syllabus
    Calculus III MAT 2500 Syllabus

What is the course textbook?

This academic year we are transitioning from the 8th edition to the 9th edition of Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart.  Please take note of the transition plan stated here.

Fall 2021 

MAT 1500 Calculus I will use Calculus: Early Transcendentals 9th edition James Stewart.  ISBN: 978-0-357-46626-1

MAT 1505 Calculus II and MAT 2500 Calculus III will use Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th edition James Stewart. ISBN: 978-1-305-61669-1

*Freshmen and transfer students placed into MAT 1505 or MAT 2500 will need to purchase the 8th edition.

Spring 2022

MAT 1500 Calculus I and MAT 1505 Calculus II will use Calculus: Early Transcendentals 9th edition James Stewart. .ISBN: 978-0-357-46626-1

MAT 2500 Calculus III will use Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th edition James Stewart. ISBN: 978-1-305-61669-1

Fall 2022

All courses will use the 9th edition. ISBN: 978-0-357-46626-1

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

Visit for all the details.

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.


Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928

Dr. Jesse Frey

Christine Gadonas 610.519.4809
Maria W. Barrett  610.519.4850