Mth 142 Second Semester Calculus Fall 2014


Coordinator: Mark Comerford (Lippitt 102F)



Course Materials




Calculus: Single Variable 6th Ed.


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

Eric Connally, Daniel E. Flath


ISBN: 0470888644
ISBN-13: 9780470888643


Online Homework


WileyPLUS Registration Code


  • Comes with the textbook in the bookstore,        
  • Your registration from MTH 141 last semester will work.                         



Syllabus and Class Schedule


A syllabus with suggested homework problems from the textbook can be found here.




Section-Specific Webpages


Instructor Link
0001 Raymond Beauregard  
0003 William Kinnersley  
0004 Christopher Staniszewski  
0005 Raymond Beauregard  
0001H Mark Comerford



Online mini-Lectures


Christopher Staniszewski has prepared mini-lectures on various topics related to the course.


Completing the Square




Grading Policy





Exam 1 100pts
Exam 2 100pts
Exam 3 100pts
Gateway Exam

0pts OR -25pts OR -50pts


(Section Specific)

WileyPlus 150pts
Final Exam 200pts
Total 800pts


Grading Scale



A 93.00 - 100
A- 90.00 - 92.99
B+ 87.00 - 89.99
B 83.00 - 86.99
B- 80.00 - 82.99
C+ 77.00 - 79.99
C 73.00 - 76.99
C- 70.00 - 72.99
D+ 67.00 - 69.99
D 60.00 - 66.99
F 59.99 and below




Common Exams

Common Gateway Exam
Tuesday September 9, 6-7pm, CBLS 100
Exam 1
Tuesday September 30, 6-7:30pm, CBLS 100
Exam 2
Tuesday October 28, 6-7:30pm, CBLS 100
Exam 3
Tuesday December 2, 6-7:30pm, CBLS 100
Monday December 15, 7-10pm, CBLS 100



Exam Policies



The three exams will be half multiple choice and half open response. The final will be entirely multiple choice.



Gateway Exam


The gateway exam will consist of ten open-response problems. A passing grade is seven or more correct problems. If you do not pass the first time, you have the option to schedule up to three further makeups with your instructor. These must be taken before the day of the first exam (September 30). If, by then you have not passed a gateway exam, you will have  25 points deducted from your overall score if you got five or six problems correct on at least one attempt and 50points deducted if you got fewer than five problems correct on every attempt. Since 50 points of the total available 800 points is just about half a letter grade, not passing the gateway exam will essentially lower your final course grade by about half a letter grade. 


The purpose of the gateway exam is to establish whether or not you have attained the level of mastery of the prerequisite material that is recommended to be successful in this course. All problems on the gateway exam are chosen from essential topics in precalculus and calculus 1 that come up often in calculus 2. A failing score on this gateway exam is an indication that you are likely unprepared for this course, and should carefully consider your options. The gateway exam is given during the add/drop period for exactly this reason.



General Policies


The following policies apply to all exams, and no exceptions will be made.


  • You must have a URI Photo ID with you to take an exam, and show it to the proctor as you hand in your exam.
  • No books, bags, papers, extra scrap paper, or anything else may be taken with you to your seat. If you bring any of these items with you, you must leave them at the front of the room.
  • No calculators of any kind are permitted on exams.
  • No cellphones, MP3 players, or any electronic devices of any kind may be used or even accessible to you at any time during the exam.
  • Any student found with any cell phone or electronic device for ANY REASON during an exam is cheating.
  • Proctors will not answer any questions concerning the content of exams.
  • You may not leave the room during the exam. Remember to use the bathroom before the exam. If you leave the room for any reason, your exam will be collected.
  • Once finished, you must hand your exam to a proctor (your instructor, if in the room) and show your URI photo ID.
    You are advised to bring multiple pencils to the exams, just in case. Do NOT use a pen.



Makeup Exams


Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend the evening exams under the following conditions. Note in particular that if you must miss the exam because of an approved scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours.


  • If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University santioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), or (ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation from your employer), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION. Such events are scheduled in advance, so you must provide advanced notice to your instructor in order to have a makeup exam. Failure to provide this advanced notice will result in a grade of 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams must be scheduled after the actual exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the actual exam.
  • If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate documentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the actual exam, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last few weeks of the semester or during final exams.


If your circumstances do not meet either of the above (no documentation, a non-emergency excuse without sufficient notice, etc.), then you will receive a zero for the missed exam. No exceptions.






WileyPLUS is an online homework system that will be used for some of the homework assignments in this course. A WileyPLUS registration code is required as a part of this course. A WileyPLUS registration code comes with each new version of the textbook sold at the bookstore, or can be purchased separately if you want to use a used textbook. If you took MTH 141 at URI last semester, then your WileyPLUS code should continue to work for this course. WileyPLUS assignments will be constant over all sections of the course.

Signup Links for WileyPlus

Section Instructor Link
0001 Raymond Beauregard
0003 William Kinnersley
0004 Christopher Staniszewski
0005 Raymond Beauregard
0001H Mark Comerford


You are responsible for getting WileyPLUS set up and enrolling in the online section of your course in a timely fashion. This includes obtaining a WileyPLUS code, whether bundled with your textbook, from Wiley if you purchased the textbook used, or retaining your code from last semester (if you have lost your code, you may need to purchase a new code). You will notice that the due dates in WileyPLUS are a few weeks after the material is scheduled to be covered in class. You should be working on the WileyPLUS assignments as we cover material in class. The extra time is a buffer for any technical difficulties you may encounter. You should not be in the habit of working on these assignments the day before the listed due date, as they should have been done weeks in advance. For this reason, there will be absolutely no extensions of WileyPLUS due dates for ANY REASON.




Course Description



This second course in calculus assumes that you know and can use the basic ideas covered in MTH 141. As in

MTH 141, we will approach new ideas and problems from algebraic, graphical, and numerical points of view.


How to succeed in MTH142


Spend about 8 hours per week, outside of class, working on problems, reading the text, and working on other projects.
Sometime during the first week of class, set up your weekly schedule so that specific days and times are reserved for working out math problems.


  • Buy a notebook where you will write solutions to all the recommended problems.
  • Save all quizzes, handouts, and any other work. Use them to prepare yourself for tests.
  • Establish a group of fellow students to work with.
  • Come to class every time! Skipping class, even only a couple of times, will translate into a lower course grade.
  • If you come to office hours, make sure you bring your work.
  • The Academic Enhancement Center (AEC), located on the 4th floor of Roosevelt Hall can help students.
    Call 874-2367, or stop by the 4th floor of Roosevelt Hall for more information.


Goals and Objectives


The goals of the course are to have you develop symbol manipulation skills, mathematical modelling skills, skills in the use of technology to treat mathematical problems, an understanding of the language of calculus, and an appreciation for the uses of calculus in the sciences.


At the conclusion of this semester you should be able to:


  1. Calculate integrals using a variety of algebraic and numerical techniques.
  2. Solve problems in geometry, physics and probability using integrals.
  3. Solve first order ordinary differential equations by graphical, numerical and algebraic techniques, and to set up mathematical models for problems in the sciences.
  4. Calculate approximations to functions using the concepts of Taylor expansions.
  5. Determine properties of convergence of numerical and power series.
  6. Treat problems involving modeling, algebraic calculations and numerical calculations by using technology
    (Mathematica, graphing calculators).




SI Sessions and Tutoring


SI (Supplemental Instruction) is available for this class. The SI leader is Kyle Montgomery and the sessions are on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm in Washburn 316 and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm in Pastore 234. Attending SI can make a signigicant difference to your overall grade, so it pays to attend the sessions.


The Academic Enhacement Center (AEC) also offers free walk-in tutoring in the basement of Roosevelt Hall on Monday-Thursday afternoons  Fall 2014 Walk-in Schedule






Standards of Behaviour


Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the published "Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations" which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook. If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, or any electronic devices.




Disability Accommodations


Any student with a documented disability should contact their instructor early in the semester so that we may work out reasonable accommodations to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are appropriate and recommend them to us. All information and documentation is confidential. Students requiring special accommodations for exams must notify the instructor at least one week in advance and must provide documentation from the Disability Services Office described above.