MAT 126: Calculus B

Summer Session 2, 2015


The course syllabus, with schedule, is also available as a PDF here. Note that the course schedule in this document will not be updated as the course progresses. The most up-to-date schedule is availble on the Schedule and Homework page.

General Information

Course: MAT 126, Calculus B
Section: 60
Instructor: Joseph Thurman
Time and Location: TuTh 1:30–4:55 pm, Stony Brook Manhattan, Room 321A
Instructor email: jthurman AT

Email and this course website will be the main avenue for communication outside of class. Please check this website frequently so that you are always aware of upcoming assignments and exams. Urgent announcements (e.g., class cancellations) will be emailed to enrolled students using Blackboard. Make sure to check the email address listed in your contact information on Blackboard (most likely "").

Course Description

From the course catalog:

A continuation of MAT 125, covering integral calculus: the fundamental theorem, symbolic and numeric methods of integration, area under a curve, volume, applications such as work and probability, complex numbers.

Office Hours

I will hold office hours before each class meeting from 12:00-1:30 pm at Stony Brook Manhattan. The exact room will vary, as certain meeting rooms aren't always available. Either look for me in the main lobby area, or ask one of the staff members at the reception desk, who will be able to tell you what room I'll be in for office hours. If you're not available during the normal office hours, email me to set up an appointment at a different time.


Title: Single Variable Calculus (Stony Brook Edition 4)
Author: James Stewart

This is the same textbook used in the other introductory calculus courses at Stony Brook (MAT 125, 126, 127, 131, and 132). The textbook is available from the Stony Brook bookstore, although students are encouraged to consider other sources where the book may be available for a lower price.

Students will also be required to purchase an access code to WebAssign, the online homework system we will use in this course. Students purchasing the textbook from the bookstore can purchase a package that includes both the book and access code. The access code can also be purchased separately through the WebAssign system. You will be able to access WebAssign for the first two weeks of the course without purchasing an access code.

Some advice for getting the best deal on the textbook and WebAssign is available here. This leads to the course website for the MAT 125 class held in the spring of 2015, so some of the prices listed on that page may be out of date.

Grading Policy

Grades will be assigned based on student performance on quizzes, homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Quizzes: Starting with the second class meeting, each class will begin with a short (approx. 10 minute) quiz covering the material from the previous lecture. There will be no quizzes on exam days. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. Quiz performance will count for 10% of the overall grade.

Homework: There will be homework assigned at the end of each class meeting. Shorter assignments will be given after Tuesday lectures, to be completed before the lecture on Thursday of the same week. Longer assignments will be assigned after each Thursday lecture, to be completed before the lecture on Tuesday of the next week. All homework for credit will be completed through the WebAssign online portal. Instructions on using WebAssign are available on the Schedules and Homework page. Late homework will not be accepted. Homework performance will count for 20% of the overall grade.

In addition to the required problems, recommended homework problems will also be assigned to give students more opportunity for practice. These problems will not be graded and do not count for any credit. These recommended practice problems will come from the textbook.

Midterm Exam: There will be an in-class midterm during the first half of class on Thursday, July 23. Information about the format and content of the exam will be posted to the Quizzes and Exams section of the website in the week before the exam. The midterm will account for 30% of the overall grade.

Final Exam: There will be an in-class final exam during the final class period on Thursday, August 13. The exam will be cumulative. Information about the format and content of the exam will be posted to the Quizzes and Exams section of the website in the week before the exam. The final exam will account for 40% of the overall grade.

Make-Up Policy

There will be no opportunity to make up quizzes or homework assignments. If you are unable to attend one of the in-class examinations due to a serious illness or emergency, contact the instructor immediately. To schedule a make-up exam, you must provide documentation of the illness or emergency (e.g., a doctor's note) and take the examination within 48 hours of the original examination time.

Calculator Use

A scientific calculator with basic arithmetic and trigonometric functions may be necessary in this course to complete some homework assignments. A graphing calculator will never be necessary. No calculators of any kind will be allowed during in-class quizzes or exams.

Academic Integrity

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

For this course, students may collaborate on homework assignments. However, all written work must be the student's own. Students who collaborate on homework must write their homework separately, and in their own words. Collaboation is not allowed on in-class quizzes or exams.

Disability Support Services

If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services at (631) 632-6748 or They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to