MAT 127 
 Calculus C  
Spring 2015

MAT 127 is the final course of the three-semester calculus sequence MAT 125, 126, and 127. Topics covered include differential equations of first and second order, sequences and series, power series, and their applications. Knowledge of this subject-matter is essential for those wishing to pursue studies in mathematics, the physical sciences, economics, engineering, or a host of other fields. A good grasp of differentiation and integration is assumed at the outset.

A detailed syllabus is available in a convenient PDF format.

Prerequisite: to take this course you must have received By contrast, you cannot enroll in this course if you have already passed MAT 132, MAT 142, MAT 171, or AMS 161.
Textbook: James Stewart,
Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts
Stony Brook University Edition, or 4th Edition
Cengage Learning, 2009,
ISBN-13: 978-1-4240-7372-6,
ISBN-10: 1-4240-7372-3.

Information about purchasing the textbook and WebAssign may be found here.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each week. Each assignment will consist of either online WebAssign problems and/or traditional paper based problems. The assignments will be posted the weekend before the relevant material is covered in lecture. Paper based problem sets will be fewer in number and will be posted at the homework webpage, whereas WebAssign problem sets will be more numerous and will be posted online at your WebAssign account. These online problems should be completed by 9am Wednesday in the week following the relevant lectures. For example, the first homework assignment (HW 1) should be completed by 9am Wednesday 2/4/15. Similarly, paper based homeworks should be turned in to the grader no later than 3pm Wednesday in the week following the relevant lectures. The grader will have a box sitting outside his office, containing five envelopes each labeled with a lecture number, into which you should place your paper based homeworks. You must show all relevant work in order to receive full credit. Be sure to include your name, student ID, and lecture number when turning in your paper based homework.

No late homework will be accepted. However, a single homework (with the lowest score) will be dropped in computing the final grade.

To find your online WebAssign homework on the Blackboard website, click on the link for your MAT 127 lecture, then click on "Tools", and finally click on "Access WebAssign". You will find the first homework (HW 1) is already posted there. When you first access your WebAssign account, please go to the "My Options" page and enter your email address. The online problems may be completed at 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. If you get the answer wrong for a particular problem, you can retry it. However, with each wrong answer you lose points: if you get the answer correct on the first try, you get full credit; if you get the correct answer on the second try, you get 3/4 credit; if you get the answer correct on third try you get 1/2 credit; etc.

At the beginning of the semester, there is a two-week grace period during which you may access WebAssign without an access code. But within the first two weeks you are required to purchase a WebAssign access code. If you purchase the course textbook at the university book store, it comes with an access code. If you buy the textbook elsewhere, or buy a used text book, then you will need to purchase an access code (for WebAssign) separately: this can be done here. Without a WebAssign access code, you will not be able to continue accessing WebAssign after the first two weeks of class. That means you will not be able to complete the WebAssign homework assignments.

This website contains the contact information for WebAssign's technical support.

Due to the large size of this class, we ask that you do not email mathematical questions (eg. how to do a specific problem) to the instructors. Rather, such questions should be addressed during office hours.

Calculators: The use of calculators will be forbidden on all exams in this course. You are free to use a calculator to check your solutions to homework problems, but you are urged not to turn your calculator into an unneeded electronic crutch.

There are good reasons for this policy. By not using a calculator, you will


Exam Schedule

Midterm I Monday, March 2 8:45-10:00 pm
Midterm II Wednesday, April 1 8:45-10:00 pm
Final Exam Wednesday, May 13 11:15 am-1:45 pm

By enrolling in this course, you are attesting to the fact
that you will be available for these exams at these times.

Grading: Your course grade will be based on your performance on examinations and homeworks, weighted as follows:

Midterm I 25%
Midterm II 25% 
 Final Exam 35%
 Homework & Recitation  15%

No makeups will be given for missed midterms. However, if you miss an exam because of documented circumstances beyond your control, then, at the discretion of the course coordinator, the relevant score may be dropped in computing your course grade.

A grade of Incomplete will be granted only if documented circumstances beyond your control prevent you from taking the final exam.

No late homework will be accepted. However, a single homework (with the lowest score) will be dropped in computing the final grade.

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Tutorial help is available in the Math Learning Center, located in the Math Tower basement, room S-240A. For more information, click here.

DSS advisory. If you have a physical, psychiatric, medical, or learning disability that could adversely affect your ability to carry out assigned course work, we urge you to contact the Disabled Student Services office (DSS), Educational Communications Center (ECC) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748.  DSS will review your situation and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation regarding disabilities will be treated as strictly confidential.

Students for whom special evacuation procedures might be necessary in the event of an emergency are encouraged to discuss their needs with both the instructor and with DSS. Important information regarding these issues can also be found at the following web site: