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Academic Calendar.

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Review sessions: Friday 12/12/03, 2pm, Physics P122 (Mustopa), Monday 12/15/03, Physics P127, 2-4pm (de Cataldo; I will go over last semester's 142 final.; use it as a sample test)

Office hours: Monday 12/15, 4-5pm (Mustopa, MATH TOWER 2-116). Wednesday 12/10, 11am-12pm, Thursday 12/11, 2-4pm, Monday 12/15, 12-2pm (de Cataldo, all in MATH TOWER 3-115).

142 Staff Day-by-day syllabus Exams Homework Scores
In-class group-work: 1. Prime factorization ; 2. Rational and irrational numbers ; 3. Finite, infinite and counting ; 4. Escape velocity ;
Proofs with epsilon/N.;

Etiquette: Punctuality: no late arrivals, no early departures: they are disruptive. If, occasionally, you need to arrive late and/or leave early, let me know beforehand. Silence: it is always a good rule and even more important for us since it is a big class; do show respect to other fellow students by not disturbing the class. NO CELLULAR PHONES. NO FOOD.

MAT 142 is the second semester of the two-semester calculus sequence MAT 141, 142. We will study differential and integral calculus with emphasis on the underlying theory of calculus We will often need to use trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisites: C in MAT 141 or B in MAT 131 or AMS 151 or Math Plac Exam Level 7. There will be a COMPULSORY in-class placement test on TU SEPTEMBER 9.

Textbook: Thomas's Calculus, early transcendentals, updated 10th edition, by Finney, Weir and Giordano, Addison Wesley, 2003.

Lectures: TU and TH 11:20pm - 12:40 pm, Physics P116; Mark Andrea de Cataldo.

Recitations: M 12:50pm- 1:45pm, Harriman Hll 116; REC 02: F 12:50pm- 1:45pm, Physics P122; Yusuf Mustopa.

Syllabus. We will cover most of the sections between 5.4 and 8.8. This is subject to change. Check the day-by day syllabus. You should regard reading the relevant sections of the textbook as an implicit part of each homework. Try not to regard the text as a resource to turn to only if you get into trouble with the homework problems. You are responsible for all material in the sections above (unless explicitly told otherwise) even if it is not covered in lectures or recitations. It is highly advisable to read the relevant section before each class.

Grade: Midterm I = 25%, Midterm II =25%, Final = 30%, Homework = 10%, Quizzes = 10%. Maximum scores: Midterms 1 and 2: 250pts each; each homework: 10pts (the best ten are used to grade); each quiz: 25 pts (the best four are used to grade); Final 300pts. Total maximum: 1000pts. The numerical grade will be converted to a final letter grade only AFTER the final test has been graded. However, after each midterm an approximate letter grade will be given to you.

Schedule of exams. Be sure to be available on those days and times.

Important. You must bring your SUNY ID to the exams. There will be no make-ups for missed exams, homework and quizzes. However, if you miss an exam for an acceptable and documented reason, then the relevant mid-term will be `dropped' (ignored) in computing your course grade. A letter stating that you were seen by a doctor or other medical personnel is NOT an acceptable document, unless it states that it was reasonable/proper for you to seek medical attention and medically necessary for you to miss the exam (for privacy reasons this note/letter need not state anything beyond this). Incompletes will be granted only if documented circumstances beyond your control prevent you from taking the final exam.

Homework: Assignments will be posted on the web every TH and are due the following TH in class (subject to change). Graded homework will be returned during your recitation. Only some of the problems will be graded, but which ones will not be announced in advance. Late homework will not be accepted. No exceptions.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given and returned graded once or twice a month during recitations. The dates will be announced during recitations.

Calculators: Calculators, books, notes etc. are not allowed during exams. If you need to bring a backpack etc. to an exam, you must place it, all pockets and flaps closed in plain sight of the proctors. If you need to open it (for example if you need a pen) ask the proctors first.

Contacting the staff. The best way is to approach us after the lectures/recitations or to see us during office hours. You may use e-mail, but it is less efficient. E-mail is not, however, a good way to ask math questions, as our typing abilities are very limited. After the course is over, if you have any questions about your final grade send a letter (not an e-mail) to your instructor, c/o Dept. Math, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook N.Y. 11794-3651. You will receive a written reply. These matters will be dealt with in writing only; that way, we have a written record of what the student says, and what we reply.

Support resources : (*) The MATH LEARNING CENTER (MLC), located in MATHEMATICS BUILDING, FLOOR S, ROOM S-240A, (631) 632-9845, is a place where students can go for help and/or to form study groups. Check the link for more info. (**) The textbook website has a Skill Mastery Quizzes page with quizzes for each chapter that are administered and graded online. Use these to gauge your progress. (***) The instructor and the TA have regular office hours.

Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information, go to the following web site.

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