MTH 142 - Calculus II - Spring 2014

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Course Announcements

Course Materials
Howard Anton, Irl C. Bivens, Stephen Davis, Calculus Early Transcendentals, 10th Edition, Wiley.
    Online HW:
WileyPLUS Registration Code
(comes with the textbook in the bookstore)
(your registration from MTH 141 last semester will work)

MTH 142-0001 Jamieson,William T
MTH 142-0002 Beauregard,Raymond A
MTH 142-0003 Bella, Thomas
MTH 142-0004 Smith, Diana
MTH 142-0005 Reis, Jenna
MTH 142-0006 Beauregard,Raymond A
MTH 142-0007 Armstrong,Addie Eva Ruth
MTH 142-0008 Phifer, Caitlin

General Course Information
Course Goals. MTH 142 is the second semester of calculus for students of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and others. It is a challenging course with a lot of material to cover, so we will be moving very quickly. It is intended to deepen your understanding of fundamental concepts, especially integration; to show you applications of calculus in geometry, physics, probability, among others; and to introduce you to infinite series and differential equations. A technical goal is to strengthen your computational abilities in algebra, trigonometry, differentiation and integration.

  • You are expected to attend lectures, keep up with the corresponding reading in the textbook, and work through the assigned homework problems.
  • You are expected to get notes and any announcements of any classes you must miss from other students before the next class. Remember, not being in class does not excuse you of responsibility for the material covered for that day.
  • You are expected to spend 12 hours per week working on the material for this course. That's 4 hours per week in class, and 8 hours per week outside of class. Yes, that's right, 8 hours, per week, outside of class. MTH 142 is a 4 credit course, and so as per Section 8.31.10 of the University Manual, it requires 8 hours of study per week in addition to the 4 hours of class time.
  • You will be expected to memorize formulas, procedures, theorems, etc. Calculus, like many technical subjects, has a body of mathematical facts that you will have to learn. Be prepared to memorize some formulas and theorems as you learn about their meaning and uses. It would be best to make peace with this requirement now, it won't change.

Grading Policy
Course grades will be based entirely on understanding of and the ability to effectively communicate the course materials. This understanding will be evaluated by dividing the total number of points earned by 8 and applying the grade letter scale below.

Exam 1100 points
Exam 2100 points
Exam 3100 points
Gateway Exam0 points OR -50 points
Classwork (Section specific)150 points
WileyPLUS Assignments150 points
Final Exam200 points
TOTAL800 points
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

(grades are not rounded up or down)

Gateway Exam. Not passing the gateway exam will result in 50 points being deducted from your final course total. Passing the gateway exam will not result in any additional points; it will only prevent you from the 50 point penalty. See the section on the gateway exam for more details.

Classwork. The 150 points listed as Classwork may include quizzes, in-class work, graded homework, or other work as assigned by your individual instructor. How this 150 points will be determined for your specific section will be explained on the course syllabus you receive from your instructor. Note that this is the ONLY portion of the grading policy that may vary between sections.

Extra Credit. There will not be any points given except as provided above. Concern yourself with the regular credit.

Incompletes. As per University policy, grades of I (incomplete) are given at the discretion of the faculty instructor or course coordinator for documented, University-approved reasons only. Note that incompletes may only be given if the work in the course up until the documented problem is passing (60% and higher) by University policy..

Gateway Exam
On Tuesday, January 28th all sections will take the gateway exam during a regularly scheduled class period. The exam is multiple choice, there is no partial credit, and the exam is graded as either pass or fail. If you fail the gateway exam the first time, you will have the opportunity to take a second attempt at a time (during the evening) to be announced.

Scoring. If you do not pass either of these two attempts, you will lose 50 points from your overall point total at the end of the semester. This penalty is not pro-rated (such as half the penalty for a 50%, etc.), it is all or nothing. Passing either of these two gateway attempts means that you will avoid this 50 point penalty, but you do not get any points for the gateway exam itself. Under no circumstances may the gateway exam be taken more than twice.

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.

Purpose. 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.

Common Exams
The three exams for this course are common to all sections, and will be given in the evening, in a common room. All exams will be multiple choice, and as such there will be no partial credit of any kind on the exams. The tentative dates, times, and locations for these exams are as follows.

Exam 1Monday, February 17th, 6:30pm-8:00pmChafee 271
Exam 2Monday, March 31st, 6:30pm-8:00pmChafee 271
Exam 3Monday, April 21st, 6:30pm-8:00pmChafee 271

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.
  • You may not ask any questions during the exam; understanding the questions is a part of the exam. If you think there is a typo or error, do the best that you can with the given information.
  • 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.
Final Exam. The final exam will be multiple choice, and as such there will be no partial credit of any kind on the final exam.

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 link for ALL Sections:

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.

SI Sessions and Tutoring
Regular study and practice with the course material is imperative for success in this class. The Department of Mathematics offers free walk-in tutoring in select mathematics courses, including MTH 142. This tutoring is staffed with graduate teaching assistants as well as tutors from the AEC.

Math and Physics Walk-tutoring (located in Lippitt Hall) is a no-appointment-needed tutoring center where you can work with tutors and other students in this and other math courses. They provide free support in all math courses up to MTH 243. Bring your book, notes, and questions with you. Tutoring is a great place to practice with classmates and friends, prep for exams, and review what we're learning in class. Check the website address for an up-to-date schedule of tutors' hours

Standards of Behavior
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.