MAT 142 - Honors Calculus II

Professor: Claude LeBrun
Office: Mathematics 3-108
Office Hours: MF 11-12, or by appointment

Assistant: Robert Findley
Office: Mathematics 3-122 
Office Hours: W 4-5, or by appointment

Lectures: MWF 9:35--10:30am Lgt Engr 154
Recitations: TuTh 12:50--1:45pm Phys P-117

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.

It is worth pointing out that the version of MAT 142 offered in Spring semesters at Stony Brook is a much more theoretical and difficult course than the course offered under the same number during the Fall. For this reason, the Mathematics Department is currently seeking approval to use different course numbers and descriptions to distinguish between these two Honors Calculus courses in future years.


PDFThe required 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 Tuesday. Late homework will not be accepted. 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, or click here.

There will be two recitations every week, and recitation attendance is essential. 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.

The mid-term exam will be administered in two parts, on March 10 and 17.

The final will take place in our usual classroom on Friday, May 12, 8am-10:30am. To reach the official study guide, use the navigation box at left, or click here.

Rob Findley has kindly volunteered to conduct a review session on Thursday 5/11. The review will be held at 4:30 pm in the Mathematics common room, located on the fourth floor of the Math Tower, across the hall from the elevators. This review session should be of great help in preparing for the final exam, so everyone is strongly encouraged to attend.

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 be aware of the existence of 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 or quiz.

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: