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Math 231/232 Course Sequence

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Introduction: The information presented here is intended to describe the course goals for current and prospective students as well as others who are interested in our courses. It is not intended to replace the instructional policies and course materials presented in class.

The following information applies to the Newark campus.

Every effort is made to update this information on a routine basis.  However, if you have questions about enrollment, purchasing materials, and prerequisite skills, please check with your advisor or instructor. 

Course Description

MATH 231:  Integrated Calculus IA. (4 cr.)

Calculus topics of limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives are developed in the context of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic function classes, along with relevant Pre-calculus topics. First semester of a two-semester course, partial coverage of MATH 241 topics.

Pre-requisite: Requires a C- or better in MATH 010 or students must achieve an acceptable score on the Math Placement Exam in accordance with current standards determined by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  See the math placement website for more information.

Only four credits from any combination of MATH 113, MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 127, or MATH 231 can count toward graduation. 

Current Math 231 Sections

MATH 232: Integrated Calculus IB. (3 cr.)

Calculus topics of integration in the context of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic function classes. Trigonometric functions introduced and followed with limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications in the context of trigonometric functions.  Differential equations modeling exponential growth and decay. Second semester of a two-semester course, partial coverage of MATH 241 topics.

Pre-requisite: MATH 231 - Integrated Calculus IA

Only one course from MATH 221, MATH 241, or MATH 232 may count toward graduation. 

Current Math 232 Sections

Additional Course Description: Math 231/232 Integrated Calculus IA and IB is a two-semester course sequence that develops the core topics of Calculus I, with relevant and critical Pre-calculus topics woven in and developed alongside the calculus topics.  Thus, this course sequence provides an alternative to the traditional Pre-calculus to Calculus (MATH 117 / MATH 241) pathway. Instead of first completing a full semester of Pre-calculus, Math 231 students begin to study Calculus topics immediately, and learn the necessary Pre-calculus topics along the way. 

Course Content: All MATH 241 topics are developed by the end of the two-semester course sequence, along with the necessary Pre-calculus topics from MATH 117.

Math 231: Integrated Calculus IA (first semester) – Topics

  • Functions and key characteristics of functions
  • The limit of a function
  • Finding limits graphically and numerically
  • Linear and piecewise-defined functions, and the absolute value function
  • Composition of functions, transformations of functions, and inverse functions
  • Polynomial functions
  • Rational functions
  • Calculating limits using limit laws
  • Limits at infinity and horizontal asymptotes
  • Continuity
  • The tangent line problem
  • Derivatives and rates of change
  • Derivatives of polynomial and rational functions
  • The Product and Quotient Rules
  • The Chain Rule
  • Implicit differentiation
  • Related rates
  • Linear approximations
  • Maximum and minimum values
  • The Mean Value Theorem
  • Exponential functions
  • Logarithmic functions
  • Derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Exponential growth and decay
  • How derivatives affect the shape of a graph
  • Optimization problems

Math 232: Integrated Calculus IB (second semester) – Topics

  • Antiderivatives
  • Areas and Distances
  • The Definite Integral
  • The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
  • Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem
  • The Substitution Rule
  • Introduction to trigonometric functions
  • Right triangle trigonometry
  • Trigonometric functions of any angle
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs
  • Trigonometric applications and models
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Solving trigonometric equations
  • Sum, Difference, and Double-Angle Formulas
  • Limits of trigonometric functions
  • Derivatives of Trigonometric and Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  • Integration of Trigonometric and Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  • Hyperbolic functions and their derivatives
  • Models for population growth
  • Predator-Prey systems (optional)

Required Math Placement Test Level:  S, B, or C. For more information regarding math placement please see the Math Placement Exam webpage.

Additional Prerequisite Information: A strong algebra background is critical for success in this course.  This includes the ability to perform operations with rational expressions and numerical fractions (without the use of a calculator), working with radicals and rational exponents, factoring polynomials, and solving equations.  A minimum of two years of high school algebra is required.  Pre-calculus or Algebra II in the senior year is preferred.

Course Materials: The following course materials are usually required in this course:

  • Online math program for homework, access to the textbooks, and testing
  • Course pack that includes class activities

Students should always check with their instructor before purchasing any course materials.

Course Format: On the Newark campus during the regular semesters, Math 231 and Math 232 is taught in the Mathematical Sciences Learning Lab (MSLL).  During much of the class, students work in small groups on activities that focus on concepts and connections between ideas.  Students practice outside of class using an online homework system. 

Math 231 meets four times a week, on a MTWF or MWRF schedule. Math 232 meets three times a week, on a MWF schedule. Typically, there are two out-of-class midterm exams and a cumulative final exam taken during Final Exam week.

This course is not offered during the short sessions (winter and summer).

Tutorial Resources: There are several campus resources that provide additional assistance.

  • Mathematical Sciences Learning Laboratory (MSLL) Open Lab: MSLL Open Lab provides free tutorial support for this course. The lab is staffed by qualified undergraduate students. This is a drop-in site – no appointment is needed. Students can work on their math homework, study for a math quiz or exam, and receive free tutorial assistance.  More information can be found at the web page: MSLL Open Lab .
  • Office of Academic Enrichment: Located at 148-150 South College Avenue, this site provides a number of different course resources for students. Please visit their web site for more information:

Satellite Campus Information: This course is not available at the satellite campuses.

Guidelines about this Course from the Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences provides the following guidelines to other departments when addressing further questions about this course sequence. Students must check with the department of their major and with their advisor before making enrollment decisions, as departments may have different requirements.  

Program requirement/ Situation

Department of Mathematical Sciences Recommendation – See your advisor or department of your major to verify.


Requires MATH 117, D- or better

Math 232, D- or better


Requires MATH 117, C- or better

Math 232, C- or better


Requires MATH 117 as a co-requisiteMath 231 as a co-requisite, or Math 232 as a co-requisite, depending on student major's department requirements.
Requires MATH 221 as a co-requisite

Math 231 as a co-requisite


Requires MATH 241, D- or better Math 231 and Math 232, D- or better in both courses
Requires MATH 241, C- or betterMath 231 and Math 232, C- or better in both courses
Requires MATH 241 as a co-requisiteMath 231 as a co-requisite, or Math 232 as a co-requisite, depending on student major's department requirements.
Requires both MATH 117 and MATH 241 (C- or better in both courses)Math 231 and Math 232, C- or better in both courses
Requires both MATH 117 and MATH 241 (D- or better in both courses)Math 231 and Math 232, D- or better in both courses
Students who need to complete MATH 242 in the shortest amount of timeTake Math 231 in the Fall, Math 232 in the Spring, and MATH 242 in subsequent summer session.
Pre-med (or other programs) may require two semesters of calculus. Will Math 231/Math 232 count as one semester or two semesters of calculus?Math 231 and Math 232 count as one semester of calculus.
A student does not take consecutive semesters of this sequence.Not recommended, but possible.  Students may find it difficult to take subsequent course as skills are not current.
A student only takes Math 231.  Does Math 231 fulfill a requirement for at least one three-credit math course?Yes.
Are there any restrictions (other than math placement score) to enrolling in Math 231?Anyone can enroll, as long as they have completed MATH 010 with a C- or better, or their math placement score is above 65.
Can a student receive credit for both Math 231 and MATH 117, MATH 115, MATH 114, MATH 113, MATH 221, and/or MATH 241?No, there are duplicate credit issues and overlap of topics.
Can a student receive credit for both Math 232 and MATH 117, MATH 115, MATH 114, MATH 113, MATH 221, and/or MATH 241?No, there are duplicate credit issues and overlap of topics.
Can students take Math 231 and/or Math 232 as pass/fail?Students should follow the guidelines of their major department regarding MATH 241 and the pass/fail grading option.

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