Spring 2017: MTH 142

MTH142: Calculus II

Course Policies and Information

Alex Rice
E-mail: arice9 at ur dot rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 919
Lectures: TR 9:40-10:55am in Lattimore 201
Office Hours: TR 11:15am-12:15pm; T 2:00-3:00pm
Mark Herman
E-mail: mherman4 at ur dot rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 808
Lectures: TR 2:00–3:15pm in Hutch 140
Office Hours: WF 11:00am-12:30pm
Kevin Lin
E-mail: kevin dot lin at rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 1103
Lectures: MWF 9:00–9:50am in Hylan 202
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:30pm
Saul Lubkin
E-mail: saul dot lubkin at rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 705
Lectures: TR 3:25–4:40pm in Hylan 101
Office Hours: TR 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment


Calculus: Early Transcendentals (8th edition) by James Stewart.

You may use an older edition; however, there will be some differences in page and section numbers.

Course Description

Math 142 continues the development of the calculus started in Math 141. We will start where Math 141 left off by discussing applications of first and second derivatives to curve sketching, followed by optimization word problems. We will then discuss integral calculus, which is an important tool for applications to all parts of the natural sciences, engineering and economics. The basic concept of an integral will be introduced and used to find areas, volumes, work, average values, and arc length.

We will also cover techniques of integration, such as u-substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, the method of partial fractions, and improper integrals. Throughout the course, applications of these techniques to problems from other disciplines will be discussed. For more information, see the course catalog.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam at the following times:

First Midterm
Tuesday 2/28, 8:00–9:15am, Lower Strong
Review Sheet
Second Midterm
Tuesday 4/4, 8:00–9:15am, Lower Strong
Review Sheet
Final Exam
Monday 5/8, 12:30-3:30pm, Hubbell Auditorium
Formula Sheet

On the final exam, you will be provided the above sheet of trig identities; however, no other formula/”cheat” sheets will be given or allowed.

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on exams, WeBWorK, and participation in workshop:

The Final Exam will have two parts: Part A will cover the material tested in both Midterms 1 & 2, while Part B will only contain questions related to material appearing after Midterm 2. Part A accounts for 15% of your course grade and Part B accounts for 25% of your course grade. In addition, the Part A score will replace the lowest midterm score if it is indeed higher (but not both). No makeup exams will be given for any reason. If you miss a midterm exam for any reason, then Part A of the final exam will count as your makeup. Final Part A can only replace one midterm score, however.

You will NOT be permitted calculators or other electronic devices (iPhone, smart watches, etc.) on any exams. You will NOT be permitted books, notes, or “cheat sheets” on any exams.

The following is a rough indication of how your course grade will be assigned. Exact grade cutoffs will be determined at the end of the semester and may be more generous:

> 90% will guarantee at least an A-
> 80% will guarantee at least a B-
> 70% will guarantee at least a C-
> 60% will guarantee at least a D-
< 60% potentially failing

Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or a genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload on other courses are not acceptable reasons.

WeBWorK Homework

WeBWorK problems are done over the web and provide instant feedback as to whether you have done a problem correctly or not. When you have done a WeBWorK problem correctly, your credit for the problem is immediately recorded in the database. You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students, however WeBWorK problems are individualized for each student, so you must do your own assignment. WeBWorK problems count for 10% of the total grade. There will be weekly WeBWorK assignments, which may consist of up to 25 problems. Your lowest WeBWorK score will be dropped. WeBWorK deadlines are Friday nights at 11:59pm. Please note that extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. A crowded schedule or minor illness are NOT valid reasons to ask for an extension. If you know you will be absent from school for an extended period, inform your instructor as early as possible so arrangements can be made. WeBWorK can be accessed at http://math.webwork.rochester.edu/webwork2/spring17mth142.


Workshops will meet once a week. You are responsible for signing up for and attending your weekly workshop. Instructions are posted on the workshop page.

These will involve worksheets related to material covered each week in lecture. You will not be expected to turn in worksheets. Workshop attendance and participation accounts for 10% of your final grade. You should sign up for the one that best fits your schedule and stick to that one! You cannot skip around to other workshops. Workshop starts the week of Jan 30. Your lowest two workshop grades will be dropped (i.e. you are allowed two unexcused absenses). You will only be excused from a workshop in exceptional circumstances with supporting documentation. Your course instructor will determine the validity of your excuse. Contact your professor if you have documentation for an excuse or your schedule has changed and you need to switch workshops permanently.

The problems on these worksheets will generally be more difficult than problems on the homework or examples in class. Instead of doing routine calculations, you will be asked to analyze and explain in a small group. The questions will aim to get you to think more deeply about the material you are learning in class. You will work in a small group on the worksheets. The point of these workshops is to spend 75 minutes discussing and thinking about the material taught in class. This should help you solidify your own understanding of the material, as well as that of your peers. Explaining a topic to others is one of the best ways to learn the material! Therefore, you will not be graded on correct answers, but instead you’ll be graded individually depending on your total engagement and effort in the workshop.

The grading will be based on the following 0-2 point scale:

WeBWorK Feedback

All WeBWorK problems have a button to “Email WeBWorK TA.” Clicking this button allows you to write a message that is emailed to the instructors and a “WeBWorK TA”. The WeBWorK TA will get back to you within a day or so (and maybe sooner). You do not have to copy out the problem, the system automatically does this. If WeBWorK won’t accept your answer, then say what that answer is and how you came up with it. It helps if you give some idea of your thought process. Be aware that email sent after 5pm on Friday night will almost certainly not get a reply before the set closes. Note that this should be used for WeBWorK feedback only, if you want to contact your instructor you should email them directly.

Disability Support

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accomodate most needs. For information, please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with CETL at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement