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Mathematics 2

Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry

General Information

Study GroupsHonor CodeDisabilitiesLinks

Course Goals

According to the Office of the Registrar, in Math 2 "the study of calculus will be continued so that by the end of the sequence the students will have been introduced to the algebra and calculus of the exponential and logarithm functions and the trigonometric functions and to differential equations."  We will continue where Math 1 left off last term.  We hope to cover integrals and antiderivatives, techniques of integration, and some applications all while continuing to review algebra and trigonometry ideas that are helpful and often forgotten.  Some other goals include:
  • Writing math efficiently and effectively
  • Extending basic concepts to solve more challenging problems
  • Working with peers to solve problems
  • HAVING FUN!!!!!


Course Textbook
bookTitle: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th Edition
Author: James Stewart
ISBN: 978-0495-38559-2

The book is available at Wheelock Books.

Some solutions for problems in this textbook are available at For password information, please email your instructor.

Class Meetings

Section 1 (Sarah)MWF 8:45 - 9:50
X-Hour Thursday 9 - 9:50
Kemeny 007
Section 2 (Paul)MWF  11:15 - 12:20
X- Hour Tuesday 12 - 12:50
Kemeny 008


Sarah WrightPaul Kinlaw
Office: 221 Kemeny HallOffice: 245 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours:
Mon 1-2, Tues 2-3, Thurs 11-12, 1-2,
and by appointment
Office Hours:
Mon 12:30 - 2:30, Thurs 1 - 2:30
and by appointment
Phone: 646 - 9814Phone: 646 - 9819


There will be two different types of homework for Math 2: almost daily textbook assignments and weekly written assignments.

Textbook problems will be assigned any time a lecture introduces a new section of material and will be due before the following class, with some exceptions.  Some sections are more difficult and will require more class time.  You will be given more time to complete problems for these sections.  Problems will be chosen to help you practice the basic concepts covered in lecture and the text.

The weekly written homework will be assigned on Mondays and due the following Friday, with exceptions because of "no class days."  This homework will consist of one or two problems.  The focus of these assignments should be a clear presentation of the solution.  These problems will vary from week to week.  Some will be more challenging problems then the daily homework, combining a few topics you have already practiced.  Some may be problems where the calculus involved is fairly straightforward, or even a problem you have already solved, but it will be presented in a different, more "real-world" way.  Some may ask you to explain a particularly difficult concept in a clear and well thought out way.  Whatever the form of the question is, your write up should be clear, and you should be keeping in mind who is "asking" the question; your math instructor, a fellow student, someone who knows no cacluclus at all, etc.   Guidelines and examples of good solutions will be discussed in class.  These assignments will be turned in at the start of class on Friday, or earlier to your instructor's office or mailbox.  Late homework will be given only half credit.


Quizzes will be given weekly, usually on Fridays, except during exam weeks.  See the calendar for exact dates.  Quizzes are intended to check your understanding of the basic concepts and help keep everyone up to speed.  You may be asked to give a definition, explain the fundamentals of a process, or solve a straightforward problem similar to those solved in class or daily homework problems.  Quizzes will cover material you have already completed problem sets for.  If you are going to miss a quiz, you must contact your instructor before the quiz to arrange an alternate time to take it.


This course will have two midterm exams and one final.  These exams will be more challanging than weekly quizzes.  You will be asked more in depth questions, expected to be able to work with mulitple concepts together, and apply your knowledge to new forms of problems.  Don't let this scare you.  There will be time in class for review, study group sessions, and practice exams/problems.  More information on the structure of the exams and what will be covered on each, including the final will be available as we get closer to exam time.  As with quizzes, if you are going to miss a midterm exam, you must work something out with your instructor before the exam.

Exam 1Thursday, January 31, 20086-8pmMoore B03
Exam 2Thursday, February 21, 20086-8pmMoore B03
FinalTuesday, March 11, 20083-6 pmKemeny 007


Daliy Homework40 points
Weekly Homework80 points
Quizzes80 points
Midterm Exams200 points
Final Exam200 points
Total600 points

This is an approximate breakdown of the grade scheme.  It may be changed slightly as the term progresses.  At the end of the term the total points from every student in both classes will be ordered and grades will be appropriately assigned.  Grades may be adjusted depending on the median class score, but if you have at least 90 percent of the points you will get no lower than an A, 80 percent now lower than a B, and so on.  If you have any questions about your current standing see your instructor.

Study Groups

The IAS Program in the First Year Office is running study groups for this course.  Study groups are designed to clarify more difficult topics, give you extra practice, give you a chance to work together with your peers and learn from one another, and prepare for quizzes and exams.  They are not intended as a time to work on your homework under the supervision of a tutor.  Attendance at these sessions is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.  You will receive more information about your assigned group and tutor during the first week of classes.

Honor Code

On Exams and Quizzes: No help given or received. All exams and quizzes will be closed book. No calculators or computers are allowed.

On Homework: Working together is permitted and encouraged, but no copying.  You are welcome to work in groups to discuss ideas and specific problems (also feel free to talk with your instructors, tutors, and anyone else you may find).  However, each student is expected to produce the final written homework set individually and independently.  This means you cannot simply copy down the solution arrived at by the group, even if you were a member of the group.  If you do work in a group or receive help from a tutor or friend state that on your homeowrk and include their names if they are in the class.  Computing devices are allowed on homework.


Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see me before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested.

Whether or not you have a disability, the Academic Skills Center is an excellent place to visit. Take some time to look at their videos and other resources. Would you benefit from some of the planning tools? Do you think you could improve your note-taking skills? Is stress eating your life? You're the only one who knows what might benefit you, and it doesn't hurt to look.


Interesting Links

This section contains some links to webpages and documents we find interesting, helpful, fun, and maybe somewhat relevant to the course.  It will be updated as the term progresses.  If you find something you would like to share with the entire class, a great explanation of a concept, an online reference, etc. just let one of the instructors know.