Math 142: Calculus II, Fall 2017

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 textbooks in the bookstore. If you have a code from Math 141, it will still work. You can also buy a code directly from Wiley.

Course Schedule

An approximate schedule for the semester may be found here.

Course Sections

SectionInstructorMeeting TimesClassroom
0001Alex KodessT/Th 8:00-9:15; W 8:00-8:50Quinn 103 (T/Th), Lippitt 205 (W)
0002Alex KodessT/Th 9:30-10:45; W 9:00-9:50Lippitt 205
0003Vasilije PerovicT/Th 11:00-12:15; W 11:00-11:50Lippitt 204
0004Mark ComerfordM 11:00-11:50; T/Th 12:30-1:45Lippitt 204 (M), Bliss 205 (T/Th)Website
0005Erin DenetteT/Th 3:30-4:45; W 3:00-3:50Lippitt 205
0001HBill KinnersleyT/Th 2:00-3:15; W 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

Graphing Polar Equations (and polar axes)

How to succeed in Math 142

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


The Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) provides several free resources for students, including informal individual walk-in tutoring, weekly group tutoring, and general academic coaching. For more information on what the AEC can do for you, please check out their website.

For students who would like occasional individual help, but who can't make it to their instructor's office hours, the AEC employs trained tutors who will be glad to explain course material and answer questions. The schedule for walk-in tutoring has not yet been determined, but it will be posted here once it's available.

Students seeking something more structured may be interested in the AEC's weekly tutoring groups. Tutoring groups are made up of 2-6 students and a trained tutor, who will meet on a weekly basis to discuss course material. This is a more structured environment than walk-in tutoring, and attendance is expected. Students who'd like to start a tutoring group should check out the AEC's website and/or this tutoring group request form.


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

0001Alex Kodess
0002Alex Kodess
0003Vasilije Perovic
0004Mark Comerford
0005Erin Denette
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. In addition, working through the homework immediately will reinforce your understanding of the material and is a great way to study. You won't save any time by putting it off, so you might as well do it right away!

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 #1Thursday October 5, 6-7:30 PMCBLS 100
Midterm #2Tuesday October 31, 6-7:30 PMCBLS 100
Midterm #3Thursday November 30, 6-7:30 PMCBLS 100
Final ExamMonday December 18, 7:00-10:00 PMBeaupre 100

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.