MAT 142 - Honors Calculus II - Spring 08

Professor: Michael Anderson
Office: Mathematics 4-110
Office Hours: MWF 1-2, or by appointment

Assistant: Ken Knox
Office: Mathematics S240-B
Office Hours: Tu 4-5 in S240-B and Th 4-6 in MLC

Lectures: TuTh 12:50--2:10pm Phys P-122
Recitations: MW 9:35--10:30am Phys P-125

This course is a continuation of MAT 141. The nominal prerequisite for the course is therefore successful completion of MAT 141 with a grade of C or better.

In principle, it is also possible to place into this course on the strength of a high placement-exam score. This is risky, though, and should only be undertaken after careful consultation with the professor. Because the MAT 141/142 sequence strongly emphasizes mathematical rigor, other Calculus courses would typically leave the student unprepared to enroll in MAT 142 without some extra coaching.


PDFThe textbook for this class is Calculus, Volume I, by Tom Apostol (hard cover, John Wiley and Sons, second edition, 1969). Unfortunately, it is ridiculously expensive if purchased new. However, you may be able to get a better deal by buying a used or paper-back copy on-line .

Math is not a spectator sport. The only way to learn calculus is to do it.

Homework will be assigned every week, and will generally be due the following Wednesday. Generally, late homework will not be accepted - see your TA about this. Assignments will not be announced in class, but instead will be posted online. To reach the relevant web-page, use the navigation box at top left.

There will be two recitations every week, and recitation attendance is important. Your recitation instructor will discuss additional material designed to illuminate the lectures, provide plenty of examples, and answer any questions you might have.

Exams and Quizzes
There will be an in-class midterm and a final exam.

Date of mid-term exam: TBA

The final will take place on Thursday, May 15, 11am --1:30pm. Room: Physics P-122

Quizzes given in class on a biweekly basis. For the purpose of calculating your course grade, your lowest quiz score will be dropped.

Your course grade will be determined by your written work, weighted according to the following scheme:
Final Exam30%

Getting Help
The mathematics department offers a broad array of student-help resources. Your professor and recitation instructor both hold regular office hours, and are there for your benefit. You should also know about the Math Learning Center, located in room S-240A of the Math Tower, where graduate students and other staff offer free, walk-in tutorial assistance MTuW 10-9, Th 10-6, and F 10-2. More information about the MLC can be obtained by clicking here.

You will not be allowed to use a calculator on any exam.

Special needs
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may affect your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, Educational Communications Center, room 128; telephone (631) 632-6748. In consultation with you, they will then determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation regarding disabilities will be treated as strictly confidential.

Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their instructors and with Disability Support Services. For procedures and other information, go to the following web site: