Math 142: Calculus II, Spring 2018

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, 7th edition

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

ISBN: 1119379334
ISBN-13: 978-1119379331

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

Sec.InstructorMeeting TimesClassroom
0001Chad EstabrooksM 8:00-8:50; T/Th 8:00-9:15Lippitt 204 (M), Lippitt 205 (T/Th)
0002Eric PetersonT/Th 8:00-9:15; W 8:00-8:50Ballentine 105 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (W)
0003Chad EstabrooksM 9:00-9:50; T/Th 9:30-10:45Lippitt 204 (M), Pastore 350 (T/Th)
0004Chris StaniszewskiT/Th 9:30-10:45; W 9:00-9:50Washburn 220 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (W)
0005Bill KinnersleyM 11:00-11:50; T/Th 11:00-12:15Lippitt 204
0006Mark ComerfordT/Th 11:00-12:15; W 11:00-11:50Rodman 109 (T/Th), Lippitt 204 (W)website
0007Chad EstabrooksM 2:00-2:50; T/Th 12:30-1:45Lippitt 204 (M), Quinn 104 (T/Th)

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:


This semester, the math department is providing free walk-in tutoring every day in Lippitt 104 and 206 from 12-4 PM. Please take advantage of this!

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. Walk-in tutoring is available on the 4th floor of Roosevelt Hall from 2-7 PM, Monday-Thursday.

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 online group request form.

Small groups of students may also make one-time appointments to meet with AEC tutors; refer to the AEC website for details.


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

0001Chad Estabrooks
0002Eric Peterson
0003Chad Estabrooks
0004Chris Staniszewski
0005Bill Kinnersley
0006Mark Comerford
0007Chad Estabrooks

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 February 22, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Midterm #2Thursday March 22, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Midterm #3Thursday April 19, 6-7:30 PMChafee 271
Final ExamMonday May 7, 8-11 AMCBLS 100

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.

Course Goals

The primary aim 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:

Math 142 Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be competent in the following areas: