Math 142: Calculus II, Fall 2016

University of Rhode Island

Course Description and Goals

Math 142 continues the study of calculus where Math 141 left off. Topics include techniques and applications of integration, improper integrals, calculus using polar coordinates, sequences and series, Taylor polynomials, Fourier series, and differential equations.

The main goal of Math 142 is to prepare students for further study in mathematics, basic sciences, or engineering by introducing them to techniques of integration, sequences, and series, and how to apply these to solve real-world problems and thereby develop new problem solving and critical reasoning skills. The goals of Math 142 are:


Calculus: Single Variable, 6th edition

Deborah Hughes-Hallett, Andrew M. Gleason, William G. McCallum, et al.

ISBN: 0470888644
ISBN-13: 9780470888643

You will need a WileyPLUS access code!

This comes with new copies in the bookstore. If you have a code from Math 141, it will still work. You can also buy one directly from Wiley.

Course Schedule

An approximate schedule for the semester may be found here.

Course Sections

SectionInstructorMeeting TimesClassroom
0001David McArdleMon. 8:00-8:50; Tues./Thurs. 8:00-9:15Lippitt 205
0002Chris StaniszewskiMon. 9:00-9:50; Tues./Thurs. 9:30-10:45Lippitt 205
0003Elliott BertrandMon. 11:00-11:50; Tues./Thurs. 11:00-12:15Lippitt 204
0004James MarcotteMon. 2:00-2:50; Tues./Thurs. 2:00-3:15Lippitt 205
0001HBill KinnersleyTues./Thurs. 2:00-3:15; Wed. 2:00-2:50Lippitt 205

Online Mini-Lectures

The following videos give brief explanations of topics related to the course.

Completing the Square (thanks to Chris Staniszewski)

Polynomial Long Division (thanks to Chris Staniszewski)

Triangles and Trig Substitution

How to succeed in Math 142

Math 142 has a reputation for being a very challenging course, but you can succeed -- all it takes is hard work and persistence. Here are some things you can do to help yourself out:

Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring

The Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) provides several free resources for students, including supplemental instruction, walk-in tutoring, and general academic coaching. For more information on what the AEC can do for you, please click here.

SI sessions will be held every Monday from 5-6:30 PM in Swan 206 and every Thursday from 6-7:30 PM in Swan 309. The SI session leader is Scott Botelho. Walk-in tutoring hours will be posted when they become available.


The course grade will be based on online homework, section-specific coursework, three midterm exams, and a final exam.

Grade Breakdown
Online homework18.75%
Section-specifc coursework18.75%
Midterm #112.5%
Midterm #212.5%
Midterm #312.5%
Final exam25%
Grading Scale
A93.00% and above
A-90.00% - 92.99%
B+87.00% - 89.99%
B83.00% - 86.99%
B-80.00% - 82.99%
C+77.00% - 79.99%
C73.00% - 76.99%
C-70.00% - 72.99%
D+67.00% - 69.99%
D60.00% - 66.99%
F59.99% and below


Homework for this course will be submitted through the online system WileyPLUS. WileyPLUS requires a registration code, which comes with each new copy of the textbook. If you wish to purchase a used textbook, you may also buy a registration key directly from Wiley. If you purchased the textbook last semester for use in Math 141, your registration key should still work for Math 142. You are responsible for registering for WileyPLUS in a timely fashion.

WileyPLUS Signup Links

0001David McArdle
0002Chris Staniszewski
0003Elliott Bertrand
0004James Marcotte
0001HBill Kinnersley

Please work through each homework assignment as soon as possible after the relevant lecture! If you wait until the last minute, you risk running into technical problems that may keep you from finishing on time.

Late homework submissions will be accepted for two days after the deadline at a 20% penalty, and through the end of the semester at a 50% penalty.


This class will have three midterm exams and one final exam, with the following dates, times, and locations. Each midterm will be half multiple-choice and half free-response; the final exam will be entirely multiple-choice.

Midterm #1October 6, 6-7:30 PMBeaupre 100
Midterm #2November 3, 6-7:30 PMBeaupre 100
Midterm #3December 1, 6-7:30 PMBeaupre 100
Final ExamDecember 14, 7-10 PMSwan Auditorium

The date, time, and the location for the final exam are not yet known. When they have been determined, they will be updated here as well as announced in class and on Sakai.

General Exam Policies

Makeup Exam Policy

Makeup exams may be given for students who miss an exam due to an emergency or to an approved scheduling conflict (see below). Makeup exams must be scheduled after the original exam, and will be administered as soon as is reasonably feasible.

If you miss any exam due to illness or emergency, you must contact your instructor within 24 hours. If you know that you will need to miss an evaluation due to religious observances or University-sanctioned events (including another class's exam), then you must contact your instructor at least 48 hours before the relevant evaluation.

In all cases, absences must be documented. Failure to provide documentation for an absence will result in a grade of zero for the exam.

Academic Accommodations

If you require academic accommodations and have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098), please get in touch with your instructor as soon as possible.