University of Rhode Island    Department of Mathematics

MTH 142  (Calculus II)  Fall 2009
Intermediate Calculus with Analytic Geometry

Text  Hughes-Hallet, et. al., Calculus (Fourth Edition)
Prerequisites  MTH 141 or equivalent
INFORMATION: Gateway Derivative Quiz:
September 15th., 2009
6:00-7:00 PM.  CBLS 100: All Sections

Gateway Derivative Quiz:
September 22nd., 2009
6:00-7:00 PM.  CBLS 100: All Sections

Exam I:
Wednesday October 7th., 2009
6:00-7:30 PM.  Pastore 124: Sections 01, 04
                         Quinn Aud: Sections 02, 03

Exam II:
Wednesday November 4th., 2009
6:00-7:30 PM   Pastore 124: Sections 01, 04
                         Quinn Aud: Sections 02, 03

Exam III:
Wednesday December 2nd., 2009
6:00-7:30 PM   Pastore 124: Sections 01, 04
                         Quinn Aud: Sections 02, 03

Wednesday December 16, 2009
8:00 - 11:00 AM.    All Sections in CHAF 271

Syllabus and Schedule

Link to Comerford's Webpage (Sections 01 and 04)

Tutoring is now available,

see tutoring schedule
for details.

Important for Wiley Plus!

Every student must register for his or her own section of WileyPlus:

Section 01 Comerford
Section 02 Bonifant
Section 03 Kudlak
Section 04 Comerford

Be sure to register for your section and only your section.
Once you go to your Class Section URL, click on ``register.'' Watch the registration tutorial if you need help.
Note: You will not be prompted for a Registration Code, but you still need to register in the course!

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. Knowledge of Differentiation Rules is very important for the first part of this course. Make sure you review them.

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.
  • When you come to office hours bring your work with you.
  • 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 are to have you develop symbol manipulation skills, mathematical modeling 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 and Fourier expansions.
5. Determine properties of convergence of numerical and power series.
6. Treat problems involving modeling, algebraic calculations and numerical calculations by using technology (Maple, graphing calculators).

The course grade will be computed as follows:

1).  There will be a Gateway Derivative Quiz which you should pass at the latest by October 6th, 2009 (one day before the First Exam).
If you do not pass it by the deadline, 1/3 of your final letter grade will be dropped at the end of the term. (Example, if you fail to pass the gateway derivative quiz by the deadline, instead of getting an "A" in the class, you will be getting an "A-" as your final letter grade.) Passing the derivative quiz means getting 8 problems right out of 10! In the quiz you will only be required to apply the differentiation rules (including the chain rule) and you won't be asked to simplify your answer. Your first opportunity to pass the derivative quiz will be in class, the second day that you meet your instructor, after that there will be two evening derivative quizzes common to all sections (one on September 15th, the second on September 22nd). Please see the box above for time and location of these exams. If you still do not pass after the second evening derivative quiz, you will have to take the quiz again, during your instructor's office hours.

2).  There will be three evening exams on Wednesdays, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm, common for all sections. The location for each section is listed in the box above. A comprehensive final exam will be common for all sections. The time and place will be announced.

* Each evening exam is worth 100 points for a total of 300 points
* The final exam is worth 250 points.
* Classwork, including quizzes and homework, is worth 100 points.
* Maple assignments will be worth 50 points.

 Your final grade will be based on your percentage of these 700 points.

Maple Information
We will continue to use Maple in this course. The Maple software is available in most computer labs at both URI Kingston and Providence sites. This semester we will have two maple projects: one related to Polar Coordinates (Section 8.3) and one related to solving Differential Equations, and Slope Fields (Sections 11.1 and 11.2). If you follow the instructions given in the project descriptions you will be able to run Maple without any problem, even if you never use it before.

Maple Project I: Polar Coordinates (PDF)
Maple Project II: Slope Fields (PDF)

A TI-83 or TI-84 is highly recommended. Calculators are valuable for checking homework, but will NOT be allowed on quizzes or exams.

Attendance,quizzes, homework
Policy on attendance, quizzes and homework will be announced in class. Also, check the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section of the course's web site, where you will find information about Incomplete Grade, Second Grade Option, etc.

You are expected to abide by the University's 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 considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

Cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class!!

You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor. In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

Illness Due to Flu:
The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify your instructor by phone or by email of your status. Your instructor will communicate by email or by phone with you. In this way you and your instructor will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequently washing your hands to protect from germs; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information, please view

URI information on the H1N1 will be posted on the URI website at, with links to the site.

Special Accommodations
Students who need special accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services should make arrangements with their instructor as soon as possible.  Students should contact Disability Services for Students, Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098.