MATH 222 - Calculus II - Section 06
Instructor: Tom Zaslavsky
My home page: http://www.math.binghamton.edu/zaslav/
Office: LN 2231
Office Hours: M, W: 1:30 - 2:50 p.m. and F: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. (changed)
Please stop by! Office hours are times I promise to be available to answer questions without an appointment. Nothing you say in my office will be held against you! I'm also willing to make appointments for other times.
For extra help, besides my office, try:
- the Calculus Help Room, near the math department office on the second floor of Library Tower;
- e-mailing Professor Feingold "alex (at) math.binghamton.edu".
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., in SW-231.
James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus, 6th edition.
We will cover almost all of chapters 7–12.
See the main course page for details.
Your grade will be based on your tests, quizzes, homework, attendance, and class participation. Your semester score will be determined as follows:
| 80 pts. ||(16%)||Test 1||Wednesday, Sept. 17, in class.|
|100 pts. ||(20%)||Midterm||Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 8:30-10:00 p.m. in LH 1. |
Be early; we don't give extra time to latecomers.
| 80 pts. ||(16%)||Test 3||Friday, Dec. 5, in class.|
Note the change of date.
| 11 pts. ||(2%)||Testlet 3.1||Wednesday, Dec. 10, in class.|
[Added to original schedule.]
|200 pts. ||(40%)||Final Exam||Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in LH room to be announced. |
(Early finals are not possible.)
| 29 pts. ||(6%)||Attendance (9), |
class participation, etc.
|[Originally 40 pts. = 10 + 15 + 15; modified due to Testlet 3.1.]|
Attendance is required every day. Absence at the last class before or after a holiday and on the day after a test will count double.
Generally, each class will have a lecture on new material, followed by discussion of previously assigned HW problems. There may be a quiz.
Read the section before the lecture on it. This is so that you will learn more from the lecture. You should do the assigned HW problems promptly after the lecture on that section. Keep up to date. Calculus is not easy to cram.
You are responsible for everything covered in class and for all assigned readings and problems. For homework (but not tests) you will sometimes need a scientific calculator (one with trig and exponential functions).
Tests and Quizzes
There will be frequent quizzes, not always announced beforehand. They will be short. They will be credited in "quiz points", which are worth about 1/10 of a test point, i.e., not much.
Click here for general instructions for tests and quizzes.
AND NO LAPTOPS
ARE ALLOWED AT TESTS.
The final exam is cumulative: it covers the whole course.
NO EARLY FINALS under any circumstances.
If you have a question about any grade, you must see me before the next test.
To interpret your test grades, see the tentative test guidelines.
Problems will be discussed in class (as time allows) and some homework will be collected (announced beforehand) and possibly graded.
The homework I collect is a minimum: it is a sample of the various types of problems. For the complete homework assignment see the homework and lecture schedule page. We can discuss any problems, assigned or not, if time allows.
How to do homework
Work on the "recommended problems" first. When you have trouble, ask me about them in class or office hours—or go to the Calculus Help Room opposite the Math Office in LT 2nd floor. These problems (mostly odd-numbered) are for you to find out where you need to learn more. I'll be glad to answer questions about them.
I will no longer discuss the hand-in problems before they're collected. You're expected to work on the recommended problems first and ask about those.
- I'll record whether you did the homework. Sometimes I'll also grade a few problems on a scale of 0 - 4 "homework points":
Each HW point will be worth around 0.1 course point.
- 4: excellent,
- 3: good but not quite all right,
- 2: partially okay,
- 1: a good start,
- 0: nothing worthwhile.
- Remove stubs from spiral-bound or other paper. (They're a pain to handle.)
- If you have more than one sheet, staple. (No other method is secure when I have 40+ papers.)
- You may use a scientific calculator to calculate difficult numbers on homework.
- Make sure I can read your paper easily. Don't squeeze your work onto one page if it doesn't fit.
- Simplify all answers. Often, if you don't simplify, you can't do the next part of the problem.
- All graphs should have a scale. This can be shown by labelling points on the axes, or other points, or both.
- Do not put arrowheads on your curves. The arrows are only to indicate direction of the axes—or of a curve, if it has a direction; that will come later. (I'm sorry U.S. high schools teach universal arrowheads; we don't use them in college.)
To show that a curve stops, use a solid or hollow dot.
- I suggest that you try to do all assigned problems without a graphing calculator (no matter what the book says). You could use a graphing calculator, if you have one, to check your work.
Homework and class schedules
Besides asking questions in class and seeing me in my office, you can go to the Math Department's help room (LN 2216) at posted hours, or (I think) tutoring at the Center for Academic Excellence in CIW. Also, I strongly recommend that you form a study group and that you consult classmates when you get stuck.
There are very useful resources on the Web. In particular, you can self-study our course with the right sections from Visual Calculus (see the following list).
Help and Info on the Web
- Visual Calculus - Step by step tutorial on the topics of our course. For Calc II see:
Visual Calculus has guided tutorials on almost all the subjects we're doing. You see a question posted, and work on it. If you click on the link, it will do one step of the solution. If that helps you, fine. If not, click again and it will show the next step. Thus, if you get stuck, you can get one hint at a time. It won't give away the answer all at once, so you can practice each step for yourself. Try it!
- Calculus On the Web - an online tutorial.
- The math forum - various math resources (check out the topics on calculus!)
- MathWorld - more math resources.
- Mathnerds - get hints on your math questions.
- Binghamton University Math Club.
Go to my homework and lecture schedule page | homework collection schedule | test instructions | my announcements page.
Go to the main Calc II page | my home page.