This page contains information about the
first three quarters of calculus (MAT 1234, 1235, and 1236) at Seattle Pacific
University. Select one of the links below for additional information.
General Course Information
Calculus Placement Exam
Maple Lab Information
Information about specific courses:
MAT 1234 Calculus I
MAT 1235 Calculus II
MAT 1236 Calculus III
General Course Information
The textbook for MAT 1234 is Calculus,
edition by James Stewart. Students are strongly encouraged to
purchase the textbook from the SPU bookstore since other materials needed
for the course will be bundled for free with the textbook. Please
note that there are several calculus texts by James Stewart; some of them
have subtitles such as "Early Transcendentals", "Early Vectors", or "Concepts and Contexts";
the correct textbook has NO subtitle. During the first quarter most of
the material in the first four chapters of the textbook will be covered.
This textbook is also used for MAT 1235 (Calculus II), MAT 1236 (Calculus
III), and MAT 3238 (Vector
The calculus classes will
meet in computer classrooms equipped with one PC for every two students.
A variety of mathematical and statistical software is available on these
computers, including the computer algebraic system Maple. Substantial
use of Maple will be made in Calculus and in many subsequent math courses.
Maple will be available for use on computers in labs throughout the campus.
A one-year license for Maple for use on your own computer will be included
with new copies of the textbook purchased from the SPU bookstore. For more information about the computer use in calculus, see the
Maple Labs page.
All students are required to take the Calculus
Placement Exam prior to enrolling in MAT 1234 (Calculus I). This
placement exam, which is administered online, covers
pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry skills that are necessary for success
in Calculus. Calculators are not permitted on the exam. Scores on the exam will be used to determine
appropriate placement, typically in either Calculus I (MAT 1234) or
Precalculus (MAT 1110).
Students currently enrolled at SPU who wish
to register for MAT 1234 should go to
http://www.spu.edu/depts/sas/oltesting.html to sign up to take the
placement exam. Newly admitted students will receive information
about taking the placement exam before coming to campus for early
exercises to help you review some key ideas of algebra and trigonometry
are available here.
Note that this review does not cover every type of problem that might be on
the placement exam. It is also not intended as a sample of what the exam will
look like; it is merely intended as a good starting point for reviewing your
pre-calculus skills. Solutions for the
practice exercises are also available.