Stony Brook MAT132 CALCULUS II
  SPRING 2010

MAT 131 - Calculus I

Stony Brook University - Fall 2010

General Information Syllabus and Homework Exams Staff, schedules, office hours

Course Information

Course Announcements

Announcements about the course will be posted here. Please check the site regularly for announcements (which will also be given in lecture and/or in recitation).

Course Description

From  the undergraduate bulletin: A continuation of MAT 131, covering symbolic and numeric methods of integration; area under a curve; volume; applications such as work and probability; improper integrals and l'Hospital's rule; complex numbers; sequences; series; Taylor series; differential equations; and modelling. May not be taken for credit in addition to MAT 127 or 142 or AMS 161.


In order to take MAT 132, you must have either

See the document first year mathematics at Stony Brook for more information about the math placement exam and other calculus courses.


Textbook: James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus
Stony Brook University Edition 4,
Brooks/Cole Publishing

Single Variable Calculus (Stony Brook Edition 4), by James Stewart available at the University Bookstore @ Stony Brook. This edition, essentially the same as Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, 4th ed, comes with an access code for WebAssign, which we will be using this semester. You are free to use an older version of the textbook. But then you have to check you are working on the correct homework problems (these sometimes change) and  you will need to buy stand-alone access for WebAssign. You can get electronic access to the text together with WebAssign access at WebAssign. You can also get electronic access to individual chapters; and then you will still need to buy access to WebAssign.

We will cover the end of Chapter 5 and Chapters 6, 7 and 8.

Lectures and Recitations

New material is presented each week in the lectures. The recitation each week gives students a chance to review, in a smaller class, material from the week before. This includes going over difficult parts of assigned homework, and new exercises, proposed by the recitation leader, to be carried out individually or in groups. Recitation leaders can give valuable feedback to the lecturer. Try to make sure your recitation leader knows who you are!

The list of instructors and the schedule and locations of lectures and recitations is on the Staff, schedules, office hours page. Make sure you know your lecture and recitation section numbers; you must be enrolled in the recitation you attend.

Every lecturer and recitation instructor will hold office hours every week (the times and locations are also on the Staff, schedules, office hours page). You are more than welcome to see your lecturer or recitation instructor to discuss homework or other questions.

If you have organizational questions, issues or complaints about the course, please contact your recitation instructor first. If this does not resolve the matter, you should then contact your lecturer, and then the Course Coordinator (Moira Chas).

Grading System 

The relative weight of exams and problem sets in determining final grades is as follows. Class participation, in Lectures and Recitatations, will count in your favor if your grade is "between" two letters.

Midterm I
20% Wed. 3-02, 8:30pm,
Midterm II
20% Thursday 3-31, 8:30pm
Final Exam
40% Monday, 5-23, 8:15 pm-11:00pm
Written homework
8% Weekly
WebAssign homework 12% Weekly

The two lowest WebAssign homework will be dropped.

If you miss a midterm for a documented reason, the score will be replace by the grade on the balance of the course.
In order to succeed on this course, you need to:
  • Review the material covered in the previous class. This will greatly increase your understanding. Furthermore, the lectures will not always be able to cover all of the material for which you will be responsible.
  • Please remember that mathematics is cumulative, so don't fall behind! If you are behind, you will find new material presented in lectures much more difficult to follow, and you will be forced to try to learn that new material on your own. This will cost you a lot of extra time. If you feel you are slipping behind, consult your recitation instructor or your lecturer immediately: get help right away!
  • Attend lectures and recitations.
  • Work on all the assigned problems (online and written) and, of course, submit the required ones.
  • Come to the exams prepared. You can think of each exam as a marathon, in the sense that you need to start "training" many weeks in advance (that is, the first week of classes), and keep "training" until the final.  Intructors are your "coaches" and they can guide you in your training, but it is you who has to "sweat and puff".  You (and nobody!) can learn math without doing math.

Written Homework and Handbacks

Homework will be assigned weekly and posted on the Homework webpage. The homework must be turned to your recitation instructor and will be due at the first meeting of your recitation section the following week. Only the problems indicated in bold are to be turned in. You should still do all problems assigned.

No late homework will be accepted.

All problem sets handed in stappled. Moreover, problems 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). A complete solution will include the following:
Note that the exams will be similar to the homework problems, so use them as a "exam rehearsal".

We encourage you to form teams of three or four students and to work together. We will try to do as many group exercises as possible, in class and in recitation, to get you used to this type of work. Several people thinking together about a problem can often see around a difficulty where one person might get stuck. (This is one reason why the ability to work well in a team is rated very highly by prospective employers. ) Please note that even if students are encouraged to discuss and work on the problems with your team, the final write-up must be individual.

If you do not understand how to do something, get help from your recitation instructor, lecturer, your, your classmates, or in the Math Learning Center. You are encouraged to study with and discuss problems with others from the class, but write up your own homework by yourself, and make sure you understand how to do the problems.

Never be shy to ask us how to do a homework problem, even if you handed in solution that you do not understand. We will be glad to help you!.

Graded problem sets and exams will be handed back in recitation. If you cannot attend the recitation in which a problem set or exam is handed back, it is your responsibility to attend your recitation instructor's office hours and get your graded work. Faluere to retreive graded work is not grounds for a make-up, a regrade or change of a fail to an incomplete.
You are responsible for collecting any graded work by the end of the semester. After the end of the semester, the recitation instructor is no longer responsible for returning your graded work. If you have a question about the grade you received on a problem set or exam, you must contact the recitation instructor (not the grader or the lecturer). Your 2 lowest WebAssign scores will be dropped in computing final total points.

WebAssgin Homework

The best way to access WebAssign is through Blackboard. From within Blackboard, click on the link for your MAT 132 recitation. Then go to the left panel, go almost all the way to the bottom, and click on "Tools". Finally, scroll all the way to the bottom of tools and click on "WebAssign". That should automatically log you into your WebAssign account.

Depending on which type of WebAssign acces you bought for MAT131, you might be able to use the same code in MAT 132. In any case,  at the beginning of the semester there is a 2 week "grace period" during which you may access WebAssign without an access code. But within the first 2 weeks you are required to purchase a WebAssign access code (either bundled with a textbook, or as a stand-alone access code, whichever you prefer). Without a WebAssign access code, you will not be able to continue accessing WebAssign. That means you will not be able to complete the WebAssign assignments.

You can access the web interface from any computer with Internet access and a recent web browser (the computers in the SINC sites, for instance).

When you first access the WebAssign account, please go to the My Options page (in the upper right of the screen) and put in your email address.

After they are assigned, the online problems may be completed anytime before the assigned deadline. You can look at problems online, print them out, work on them as long as you like, and then answer them in a later Internet session (before the deadline). The online problems are automatically graded with instant feedback.

The online problems are of different types; some are short answer and some are multiple choice. There are different problems and different variants of the same problem. Different students will be assigned different problems. So do not try to compare your answers to another student's answers. As always, you are encouraged to work with other students to understand the course material. However all answers you submit for credit must be based on your own understanding and must be written in your own words.

WebAssign has a variety of different question types, ranging from multiple choice to fill-in-the-blank to symbolic questions. Here are some things to keep in mind as you work through your assignments:

Academic Resources

There are a number of organizations on campus offering tutoring and other academic resources in various locations. The mathematics department offers drop-in tutoring in the Math Learning Center. You are strongly encouraged to talk to a tutor in the MLC if you have an issue and are unable to attend your lecturer's or recitation instructor's office hours (or if you have previously arranged to meet them in the MLC).

Please be aware that tutors in the MLC deal with students on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus it may be preferrable to speak with your lecturer or instructor in their office hours. (Even if you find them in the MLC, they may be obliged to speak to other students before speaking with you.)

For students living on campus, there are also tutoring centers available in the residence halls.

Calculators and solutions manuals

Warning about Solution Manuals: Solution manuals can be of assistance in helping you to learn the material if used properly. If used improperly, they can cause damage. Here is the proper way.
Calculator Abuse: When you first see a problem, your first response should be to think, not to punch buttons on a calculator; otherwise you are suffering from calculator abuse. Students with this syndrome lose out in the following ways:

Disability Support Services

If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services (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 the following website:

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.

Moira Chas

Web design due to Scott Sutherland.