MATH 1225 Course Page
MATH 1225 is a four-credit first-semester calculus course that is included in the Pathways curriculum for Quantitative and Computational Thinking. The main topics covered are limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration.
Text: Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Stewart (9th edition) with WebAssign access
MATLAB is required for this course and can be purchased from The Software Distribution Office. Engineering students will have MATLAB in their software bundle. All other majors can purchase MATLAB. It will be about $35 for the MATLAB license which will be valid for as long as you are enrolled at VT. You will have access to annual updates at no extra charge.
Computers in the following locations have MATLAB installed.
- Math Emporium
- Torgersen 1010, 1080, 3250
- Randolph 114E
- Architecture Annex 1
- Saunders 101
- Newman Library Public Computers (during library hours)
- Litton-Reaves 1370
To be eligible to enroll in MATH 1225 at VT, you must
- earn a passing score on a MATH 1225 Placement Assessment. Read more information in the MATH 1225 Placement FAQs.
- have a qualifying score on one of the following exams:
|AP Calculus AB||4 or 5|
|AP Calculus BC||3, 4, or 5|
|CLEP Calculus||64 - 80|
|IB Higher Level
Analysis & Approaches
|Completion of the Certificate or Diploma
5, 6, or 7
IMPORTANT: Your score must be reported to Virginia Tech and appear on your VT academic record in Hokie Spa.
Download the Complete Syllabus with Problem Assignments (PDF)
|2.1||Tangent and Velocity Problems|
|2.2||The Limit of a Function|
|2.3||Calculating Limits using Limit Laws|
|2.4||The Precise Definition of a Limit|
|2.6||Limits at Infinity; Horizontal Asymptotes|
|2.7||Derivatives and Rates of Change|
|2.8||The Derivative as a Function|
|3.1||Derivatives of Polynomials and Exponentials|
|3.2||The Product and Quotient Rules|
|3.3||Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions|
|3.4||The Chain Rule|
|3.6||Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions|
|3.7||Rates of Change (Particle Motion)|
|3.10||Linear Approximations and Differentials|
|4.1||Maximum and Minimum Values|
|4.2||The Mean Value Theorem|
|4.3||What Derivatives Tell Us about the Shape of a Graph|
|4.5||Summary of Curve Sketching|
|5.1||Areas and Distances|
|5.2||The Definite Integral|
|5.3||The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus|
|5.4||Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem|
|5.5||The Substitution Rule|
Math 1225 has 4 common-time midterms and a common final exam.
The 4 midterm exams are administered in person outside of regular class time.
- The midterm exams are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, and they consist of both free response and multiple choice questions.
- All midterm exams should be completed without a textbook or any other course materials including a calculator.
Students who need accommodations or have scheduling conflicts should contact their instructor. The makeup exam policy can be found on your instructor's course policy sheet.
|Exam 1||Monday, September 20||7 pm - 8:15 pm|
|Exam 2||Monday, October 18||7 pm - 8:15 pm|
|Exam 3||Monday, November 8||7 pm - 8:15 pm|
|Exam 4||Wednesday, December 1||7 pm - 8:15 pm|
The exam location is often different than your lecture classroom. Midterm exams 1 - 4 will be given in the following rooms, listed by teacher:
|A. Murphy||McB 231|
|Q. Murphy||Rand 221|
|Double Time||MCB 218|
|Late Start||RAND 216|
The final exam is a Common Time Exam and consists of two parts:
- Common Exam
This test is a multiple choice exam taken by all sections of MATH 1225. Samples of Common Time Final Exams given in previous years are available (koofers).
- Free Response Exam
Your instructor will give you information on what to expect for the second portion of the exam.
- Both portions of this exam will be administered in person. The exam is NOT scheduled in your regular classroom. Rooms for the exam will be announced near the end of the semester.
- The final exam time is fixed and will not be rescheduled for discretionary reasons, including conflicts with work schedules or exams for classes at other colleges.
- If there is a conflict with the final in another class, follow the procedures proposed by your college to reschedule an exam. Exams of courses that have a common-time final have priority and the exam for the other course should be rescheduled.
The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:
“As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.”
Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not excuse any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code.
Your instructor may indicate additional Honor Code conditions. Please refer to your instructor's course policy sheet for additional information.
For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit https://www.honorsystem.vt.edu/