Syllabus for MATH 142 (CALCULUS II) Fall 2012

Welcome to Calculus II and congratulations for being here as this is not easy. First, Calculus can be intimidating, and second, Cal Poly is a high-ranked University with strict entrance requirements. I am committed to help you learn the material, and to hopefully convince you that spending a significant amount of time in Calculus is worth it, even if you are not a Math major. My degrees are in Electrical Engineering: PhD from University of Florida, MS from Syracuse University, and BS from Wichita State.

Instructor: Al Jiménez, B25, #209,, 756-1660,

Office Hours: MTRF 10:10am-11:00am; MT 4:10-4:45pm and by appointment.

Class: 142-18 12:10pm in Bldg 38, #220 MTRF

Required Text: James Stewart, Calculus, 6th edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2008. We will cover Section 5.5 through Section 9.4, Sections 10.1 through Section 10.4

Prerequisite: Math 141 or equivalent

Learning Objectives: a) Differentiate and integrate elementary transcendental functions; b) understand some of the applications of integration, including areas, volumes, work, arc length, surface area, and center of mass; c) know how to integrate combinations of elementary functions with accuracy and confidence.

Guidelines for Success: It is very unlikely that simply attending class and watching the lectures can meet learning objectives, and unlikely to earn a good grade. First, attend class and participate actively: work lecture problems along with instructor, catch mistakes on the board, take notes and ask questions either in class, during office hours, with fellow students, or by using the Tutoring Lab. Second, expect to spend between 8-12 hours per week doing homework problems and preparing for quizzes and exams. Studying and doing homework with other students in the class is beneficial, but make sure that you contribute as much as anyone else in your group. Look at the solutions manual only after you have tackled a problem. As you know by now, calculus requires frequent practice solving problems to really learn, understand, and gain insight into the material. I assure you that this will be very useful in your future career.

Homework (5%) and Quizzes (20%): Homework is assigned every day, due two class periods from assignment, and collected randomly. Late homework is not accepted, but the two lowest homework scores will be dropped. There will be a 15-minute weekly Quiz (an unscheduled Quiz might be given any day also), which typically will be either on the lecture material, homework problems, or variations of homework problems. Makeup Quizzes will not be given, but the two lowest Quiz scores will be dropped. Emergency situations and compelling absences requiring help are considered.

Hour Exams (40%): There will be two one-hour Exams (20% each). Makeup Exams will not be given.

Final Exam (35%): For Math 142-18  Friday 12/07/2012 10:10am-1:00pm. Final Exam covers the entire course material and it is in the same classroom as the lectures. You must take the Final Exam at the scheduled time.

Grades: Homework: 5%, Quizzes: 20%, Hour Exams: 40%, and Final Exam: 35%. Scoring above 90% will earn an A grade. There is no extra credit content in the earned grade. Show/explain all steps in all work, not just answers, and the grading is not only on the correctness of the answers, but also on the steps demonstrating understanding of the material.

Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is for your benefit. Don't risk a grade of F with dishonest behavior. Here are example don'ts:

*         Don't have someone else complete your homework, or impersonate you in any way.

*         Don't copy from another student homework, or during a Quiz or Exam from someone sitting nearby.

Be prepared to show ID for Quizzes and Exams.

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