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MTH 142 Calculus II – Summer 2005 - Section 2000

Meets:  M, T, W, R: 10:00-12:30 Rodman 001

Instructor:  Nancy Eaton

Office:  Tyler 222

Phone:  874-4439


Office Hours:  M, W:  1:00 - 2:30

Address of the web page for the course:

Course Requirements

Required Texts: 

James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus, Concepts and Contexts, 2e, Brooks/Cole (2001)

Barrow, Belmonte,, CalcLabs with Maple for Stewart’s Single Variable Calculus, Concepts and Contexts, 2e, Brooks/Cole (2001)

Calculator: You are required to have a programmable graphing calculator with you in during class and during most exams.  See below for more information.

Computer: You will be required to do some assignments on a computer, using the computer algebra system, Maple.  The Maple software is available on computers in most of the URI computer labs.  There is a small lab in Tyler 101 in which assistants are available to help you with Maple assignments.  See below for more information.

Check this space for course announcements and downloads

Key – Q1  Key – Q2  Key – Q3

PracticeProbs - Exam1 -Solutions  MorePracticeE1

Key-Q4  Key-Q5  Key – Q6  Key – Q7  Key – Q8

Practice Probs – Exam2   Solutions

Key – Q9  Key – Q10

Practice Probs – Exam 3 includes some solutions

Key Q-14   Key-Replacement Quiz

Key – Exam 1  Key – Exam 2  Key – Exam 3

Syllabus and core exercises from the text: Click here

Evaluation Methods and Your Grade:  

Exam:  Three exams will be given during regular class hours, each worth 100 pts.   To prepare for the exams, be sure to attend all class periods and do all core exercises.

Exam 1:  Tuesday, July 6

Exam 2:  Wednesday, July 13. 

Exam 3:  Tuesday, July 25

For all exams, Please use alternate seating so that no two students are sitting right next to each other.

Final:  The final exam is comprehensive and will be given on July 28.  The final is worth 200 pts.

Maple assignments:  You are expected to complete four projects, using Maple, each worth 25 pts.   The assignments taken from the text, CalcLabs with Maple are described below.  Hand in a print out of your worksheets on the given due dates.

Thurs July 7:       Maple I:     p. 104:    #1,    #3,        #4
Thurs July 14:      Maple II:    p. 131:    #4,    #5
Tues July 19:       Maple III:   p. 115:    #1,    #4 (use “x+y” in place of “sin(y)”)    

#4 (repeat 4 using “ey” in place of “sin(y)”),    #6

Wed July 27:       Maple IV:   p. 126:    # 1,   #6,        #18


Homework and quizzes:  You are expected to do all of the core exercises from the text, Concepts and Contexts.  Be sure you understand how to correctly answer and properly show your work on all of these exercises.  Visit the tutor, and my office during office hours as needed.  We will go over some of your questions during class each day.  No homework will be handed in.

The quizzes will consist of questions very similar to the core exercises.   Due to time constraints, only a small sample of the exercises will be chosen for the quizzes, but don’t assume that the other exercises are not important to study. 

Grade:  Your grade will be based on the following point system.

Evaluation Method:

Possible points:

3 Exams

300 points

Final exam

200 points

Maple assignments

100 points

Homework and quizzes

100 points

Total possible points

700 points

If you earn:

Your grade will be at least:

420 points


500 points


570 points


640 points


General Information

Students with a disability (documented through Disability Services for Students, 330 Memorial Union) should see their instructor as soon as possible to work out reasonable accommodations.   

GOALS OF THIS COURSE:  This is the second in a series of three calculus courses for students of engineering, mathematics, science and other areas of study that require a strong mathematical background. In MTH 142 we shall explore the basic ideas of calculus: derivatives, integrals, sequences, and series, and their applications to problems in physics, geometry, chemistry and biology. We will approach ideas and problems from algebraic, graphical, numerical, and verbal points of view.  It is a four-credit course with four classroom hours per week.  The fourth hour is not optional and should be considered an integral part of the course.

EXPECTATIONS and PREREQUISITES:  We expect that you have a good grasp of pre-calculus and the first calculus course in this series. We expect that you will devote at least 12 hours of your time, per week, to this course in addition to class time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this, on average, and still get a grade you'll like.  We expect that you know how to use your programmable graphing calculator or if not, will seek instruction in its use and learn the basics within the first week of the course.  See below for more information.

ADVICE:  The key to success in this course is putting time into it outside of class. It is very important that you do all of the core exercises from the text and make sure that you are doing them correctly.  Take notes in class, especially copy down all details of all examples and exercises that are done in class so that you will have them in your notes.  Be sure and ask questions during class if you do not understand the demonstration.

USE OF Maple:  In MTH 141, the computer algebra system Maple was introduced.   You can think of Maple as an extremely powerful programmable calculator that can do algebra and calculus computations as well as a wide range of 2d and 3d graphing.  In MTH 141, you should have learned the basics and become familiar with its use.  If you have not had this introduction, you must see me early in the semester to get guidance.  In addition, click here to find a guide that will help you get started with Maple.

In this course, you will use Maple and your understanding of calculus to solve problems that would be very tedious or difficult to do with just pencil and paper.  Maple is available on most campus computers.  You can also buy a student version for use on your own computer, but this is definitely not required.    

OTHER TECHNOLOGY IN CALCULUS:  We expect that you have a programmable graphing calculator and are familiar with its use.  The Quick Start guide that comes with your calculator should suffice for learning its basic use.  For further help, consult with your instructor and/or ask your classmates for guidance. Calculator use may be restricted on some exams since more advanced calculators, like the TI-89 can do some of the calculus computations that we expect you to learn to do with just pencil and paper.  You may be asked during the semester to enter some programs into your calculator.  The University of Arizona has some sample programs that you may use for this purpose for most of the different brands and models of calculators.  University of Arizona’s guide to programs for programmable graphing calculators.

You will find some very useful interactive programs to illustrate key calculus concepts at this site: Flash movies for calculus 

TUTORING: Summer tutor hours are given here.


Policy on Missed Work

Missed quizzes:  No make-ups will be given for missed quizzes.  Instead the 4 lowest quiz grades (out of 14) will be dropped.

Missed exams:  If you must miss an exam due to some kind of hardship, you must contact me in advance if at all possible.  Before scheduling a make-up, you must hand me a written statement, signed by you, stating your reason for missing the exam.  If I approve of the reason, we will schedule a make-up at a time that is convenient for both of us. 

URI Civility Policy

The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class.