MAT 126 Course Information

Fall 2009

SUNY at Stony Brook

Department of Mathematics
Stony Brook University

This course is the second semester of the three-semester calculus sequence MAT 125, 126 and 127. We will study integration. We will often use the theory of differentiation, which was covered in MAT 125, and also trigonometry.  You are supposed to know the basics  in Appendices A,B,C and F. The knowledge of the basic properties of the exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, summarized in reference pages 1-4, is a must.

Prerequisites: A grade C or higher in MAT 124 or 125 or 131 or 141; or level 6 on the Mathematics Placement Examination. This exam will be given on several dates in the beginning of the semester. Check the Math Undergraduate Office (P-144 Math Tower, phone 2-8250) for times and places.

There will be a diagnostic quiz on Wed./Th. of the week of Sept. 6th — 12th. Participation is mandatory. The main purpose of this quiz is diagnostic; to catch developing situations before they become serious problems. Thus grading will be as follows: all participating students will receive 0.5% extra credit for the total score of the class. And excellent scores on the quiz will receive an additional 0.5% extra credit for a total of 1% extra credit for the total score of the class.

Lectures and Recitations: New material is presented each week in lectures. Recitations each week give you a chance to review, in a smaller class, material from the week before. This includes going over difficult parts of assigned homework as well as additional exercises. Recitation leaders can give valuable feedback to the lecturer. Try to make sure your recitation leader knows who you are!

Exam Preparation: Before every exam you will be offered a practice test. The practice test will be posted a week in advance. It content could be slightly different from the homework assignments. It is essential to attempt solve all the problem before the recitation on which your TA will go over the test. This way TA will answer only specific questions on problems you do not know how to solve , your time will not be waisted and instructions will be much more efficient.


In exceptional circumstances such as a documented medical absence, etc., the instructor will drop the missing problem set and compute the problem set total using the remaining problem sets.

You are encouraged to work with other students in the class, but your final write-up must be your own and must be based on your own understanding. Moreover, since mathematical writing is an important part of this course, all problem sets must be legible and must use complete sentences, correct grammar, correct spelling, etc. Problem sets which prove too difficult for the grader to read may be marked incorrect or may be returned to the student for rewriting (as the instructor sees fit). All questions regarding grading of a problem set must be addressed to the instructor at the end of the lecture in which the problem set is returned.

In computing final grades, only the 10 best problem sets (out of 11 total graded problem sets) will be used.

Quizzes:  Quizzes will be given twice a month during lecture.

Examinations: There will be two evening midterm tests.

Make certain that you will be available at these times, as there will be no make-ups for missed mid-term exams. 

Attendance/Missing Exams You must show up on time for all exams. Within the first 30 minutes of each exam, no students will be allowed to leave the exam room. No students arriving after the first 30 minutes will be allowed to take the exam. Students finishing within the last 10 minutes of the exam must remain until the exam is over and then follow the instructions for turning in their exams (for instance, students are often asked to turn in exams row-by-row).

If you have a university-approved reason for taking an exam at a time different than the scheduled exam (because of a religious observance, a student-athlete event, etc.), please contact your instructor and Mikhail Movshev as soon as possible. Similarly, if you have a documented medical emergency which prevents you from showing up for an exam, again contact your instructor and Mikhail Movshev as soon as possible.

For excused absences from a midterm, the usual policy is to drop the missed exam and compute the exam total using the other exams. In exceptional circumstances, a make-up exam may be scheduled for the missed exam. For an excused absence from the final exam, the correct letter grade can only be assigned after the student has completed a make-up final exam.

Notes All exams are closed notes and closed book. Once the exam has begun, having notes or books on the desk or in view will be considered cheating and will be referred to the Academic Judiciary.

Identification For all exams, you must bring your Stony Brook ID. The IDs will be checked against picture sheets.

Electronic Device Policy It is not permitted to use cell phones, calculators, laptops, MP3 players, Blackberries or other such electronic devices at any time during exams. If you use a hearing aid or other such device, you should make your instructor aware of this before the exam begins. You must turn off your cell phone, etc., prior to the beginning of the exam. If you need to leave the exam room for any reason before the end of the exam, it is still not permitted to use such devices. Once the exam has begun, use of such devices or having such devices in view will be considered cheating and will be referred to the Academic Judiciary. Similarly, once the exam has begun any communication with a person other than the instructor or proctor will be considered cheating and will be referred to the Academic Judiciary.

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

Critical Incident Management Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.

Grading. Your course grade will be based on your examination performance, homework and quizzes, weighted as follows:

Midterm I


Midterm II


Final Exam


Homework and Quizzes


Information for students who dropped from MAT 132: This year we drop the homeworks, quizzes and midterms that you missed before you joint MAT 126.

Math Learning Center: The Math Learning Center (MLC), located in Room S-240-A in the Mathematics Building, is an important resource. It is staffed most days and some evenings by mathematics tutors (professors and advanced students); your recitation instructor will hold at least one office hour there. For more information, contact the MLC web site