Prof. Orlando Merino

(401) 874 4442

220 Tyler Hall

Department of Mathematics

University of Rhode Island


This is the second calculus course for students of engineering, mathematics, science and other areas of study that require a strong mathematical background. It is a direct continuation of MTH141. In the summer alternate term, we expect that you will give this course 12 hours per week, in addition to class time. Some students will need to spend more time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this and still get a grade you'll like. It is also expected that you have a good grasp of MTH 141, and that you will review material from Calculus I as needed .


The text for the course is: Single Variable Calculus, Concepts and Contexts , 2nd edition. James Stewart. Brooks/Cole 2001. (This is the same text used for both Calculus I and Calculus II in Spring’06)


We expect that you have a graphing calculator and are familiar with its use. A TI-83 or equivalent is fine. 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.  We will use Maple in this class, and some Maple assignments will be collected.


Every monday there will be a quiz. I will assign homework occasionally.  The final exam is on July 27th.
           FINAL GRADE = 0.3(Final exam) + 0.5 (quiz average) + 0.20(homework ave).

Read this if you want to do well in this class...

*Do not miss class*. This is key to getting a high grade in this class.
Plan to spend 10 hours per week outside of class. Some students will need more time.
Preview the text before each lecture to get a general idea of what will be discussed. Do not try to understand all of it at this stage.
Review your class notes on the day of the lecture and before the next lecture.
Reread text carefully going through the examples step by step.
Attempt all suggested exercises before the next lecture and write your solutions in a notebook reserved for this purpose. Some students may want more practice. All odd numbered exercises have answers in the back of the text.
Submit assignments in neat hand-writing, well organized, and with clearly labeled problems. Show all your work. Write on only one side of each page leaving space for my comments. Staple multiple pages. Hand them in on time.
The schedule will allow you to begin studying for tests a week ahead of time. Take advantage of this.

Extra Help

Information on tutoring help and office hours will be given in class.

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