Stony Brook Mathematics Department

MAT 132 Calculus II Spring 2009

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Course Information

MAT 132 is the second semester of the two-semester calculus sequence MAT 131 - 132. We will study methods of integration, applications of integration, differential equations and infinite sequences and series. Students will need to be familiar with the definition, methods and applications of differentiation, and with the definition and elementary properties of integration, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Prerequisite: The prerequisite for this course is C or higher in MAT 131 or 141 or AMS 151; or level 7 on the Mathematics Placement Examination.

Course Coordinator: Anthony Phillips, Math Tower 3-113, (2-8259) email: "tony at math dot sunysb dot edu" Office Hours: Wed 3-5 PM

Text: The textbook for the course is the Stony Brook Edition of the calculus book Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, Third Edition by James Stewart (Brooks/Cole 2005, ISBN 0-495-08145-0).

Calculators: Students are required to have a graphing calculator. We recommend the Texas Instruments TI-82, TI-83, or TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus, which are widely available. Other calculators (TI-85, TI-86, Sharp EL9300C) are also acceptable. The programs we will use this term will be available for these calculators and others online and in the Math Undergraduate Office (Math Tower P-144). Calculators or computing devices incorporating a Computer Algebra System (CAS), are not acceptable for use on examinations. In this regard we follow the rules posted by the ACT. In particular, prohibited calculators include all calculators in all of the following series:

  • Casio CFX-9970G (including, for example, CFX-9970GE)
  • Casio Algebra fx 2.0
  • Hewlett-Packard HP-40G
  • Hewlett-Packard HP-49G
  • Texas Instruments TI-89
  • Texas Instruments TI-92 (including, for example, TI-92 Plus).
Students bringing a prohibited calculator to an examination will be considered to be cheating.

Examinations: There will be two midterms (8:30 PM Wednesday February 25 and Monday March 23) and a final examination (Friday May 15, 8-10:30 AM). Students are expected to ensure when they register for the course that they will be available for all three of these exams. There will be no make-up quizzes or midterms. If you need to miss a quiz or midterm, see your lecturer with a written excuse.

Grades: The final course grades will be determined as follows: recitation work (includes homework, class participation and quizzes) 15%, two midterms 50%, final exam 35%. Incompletes will be granted only if documented circumstances beyond your control prevent you from taking the final examination.

Calendar: For information on holidays, add-drop deadlines, etc. consult the University Calendar.

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!

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:

Group work: 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.

Homework: Homework is a means to an end, the ``end'' being for you to learn the material. We encourage you to work on homework together with friends. In this course, we will never prosecute anyone for academic dishonesty on any issue relating to homework. If you hand in complete, correct solutions, you will get full credit for them, no matter how you obtained them. If someone regularly ``does'' the homework by copying from friends or from solution manuals, they are only cheating themselves, since this is not a way to learn the material.
Homework is to be handed in at the recitation meeting the week after the material is covered in lecture.

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

General Advice: In order to understand the lectures, it is essential that, before you come to class, you review the material covered in the previous class. This will greatly increase your understanding.
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!

Extra Help with Calculus: Your recitation leader and your instructor will be happy to answer your questions during their office hours. The Math Learning Center (Math S-240A) is open often, for extra help.

Complaints: If you have any complaints about the course, please contact your instructor first. If this does not resolve the matter, please contact the course coordinator. If you still need to talk with someone about this matter, please see the Math Undergraduate Program Director (2-8250), and then the Math Dept Chair (2-8290).

Special Needs: If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, I would urge that you contact the staff in the Disabled Student Services office (DSS), Room 133 Humanities, 632-6748/TDD. DSS will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential.

Anthony Phillips
Math Dept SUNY Stony Brook
tony at math dot sunysb dot edu
January 18 2009