Math 162 E
Calculus II
Spring 2001

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Course Description

Math 162 is a continuation of Math 161 and completes the two-semester introduction to Calculus. Sometimes called "the mathematics of motion and change", calculus provides us with the framework to study and understand a wide range of interesting phenomena since there are so many things that either move or change.

Studying calculus will also give you a chance to learn about one of the finest achievements of human thought, requiring two thousand years to come to fruition. The writings of Archimedes (287-212 B.C.; arguably one of the three greatest mathematicians ever) indicate that he was already taking the first rudimentary steps towards solving problems that we would classify under the umbrella of "Integral Calculus". But progress in the field of calculus was slow (when being made at all) from the time of the Greek mathematicians until a fundamental insight came independently to Gottlieb Liebniz (1646-1716) and Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727; probably another of the top three mathematicians ever) in the late 17th Century (days of Colonial America, Boroque music, etc.). Even so, it took another 200 years to come to the kind of understanding of calculus we have today. Fortunately, it has gotten easier to learn since its original form, so that the subject that during Newton's lifetime was understood by probably no more than 5 people is now studied by many thousands of high school and college students every semester.

Randall Pruim
office: North Hall 284
phone: (616) 957-7113

Time & Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2:30-3:20pm, in North Hall ??? (some meetings in the Macintosh Lab in the basement of North Hall).

Office hours
Regular office hours are currently scheduled for
Mondays 3:30-4:20
Tuesdays 1:30-2:20
Wednesdays 12:30-1:20
Fridays 3:30-4:20
If these times do not work for you, other times can be arranged by appointment. Alternatively, you can simply stop by my office and see if I am available.

In addition to office hours, there is also a calculus help session run through the Student Academic Services office and provides help on a drop-in basis. Time and location will be announced early in the semester.

Internet Resources

I will maintain much of the information pertaining to this course on the internet. Please check this information frequently. You are responsible for any information communicated via these means.
I will maintain an email list of all students registered in this class and will occasionally use it to distribute information and reminders of various things pertaining to this course. If you do not know how to access your email, please talk to someone at the IT help desk. If you prefer to read your email from an account other than your calvin student account, send me email with the email address you prefer. You can also send email to the class list or particular students in the class via BlackBoard.

Web Pages
In addition to this home page, I will also maintain a list of web resources pertaining to this course. You are responsible for any information appearing on the course web pages. Items I have prepared and maintain online include

BlackBoard CourseInfo
I am also making partial use of Calvin's BlackBoard CourseInfo. instructional resources. You can go to BlackBoard to check your grades, to check your email, to send email to individuals or groups in the class, and to read all the other information (like this page) that I have on line. For more information on how to use CourseInfo, see the online tutorial.

Other Important Information

See me
If you are having difficulty with any portion of the course, do not hesitate to see me. Do this as soon as possible, certainly well in advance of any deadlines (like tests) so that we can work to fix the problem.

The required text for this course is
Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 4th edition by Stewart.

Additional readings may also be assigned from time to time.

There is also an inexpensive book that some students in the past have found helpful as a supplement to the required text, called

How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide (ISBN 0716731606).
You should be able to order it online for under $16.

Grading will be based on the following approximate weighting:

12% Homework
6% Gateway Exams
6% Participation (includes labs and attendence)
18% Test 1 on February 28
18% Test 2 on April 4
18% Test 3 on May 2
22% Final Exam on a date to be determined (common exam for all sections of Math 162)

If your final exam is better than your worst test, then your final exam score will replace your worst test score, (making the final worth 40%).

Homework. You will not be able to master the material in this course without practice. I will usually collect assignments once or twice each week. (The calendar and problem sets will be maintained online. Some portions of these assignments will be collected and others will not. Please follow the homework guidelines.

Joint Work
You may find it pleasant and useful to work together on many portions of this course. I encourage you to do so. BUT you are responsible for your learning, and you must abide by some guidelines for working in groups.
Attendance is required. If you miss class, you are missing an important part of this course, and it is your responsibility to find out what has happened in class. In class we will be doing activities that reinforce the ideas covered in the textbook, discussing readings, and answering questions. These are difficult things to replace in any other way.

Although I will not typically "take attendence", failure to participate in some in-class activities will hurt your participation grade.

Preparing for class
You should bring with you each day: Of course, you should have read (and thought about) any assigned readings prior to coming to class. You may want to have your notes handy, especially if you have questions regarding the readings or homework.

Special Circumstances
Occasionally there are special circumstances that require that the rules and guidelines above be adjusted for a particular student. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the student to inform me of the situation as soon as possible, so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. This includes, but is not limited to, students with documented disabilities.

This page maintained by:
Randall Pruim
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Calvin College

Last Modified: Monday, 29-Jan-2001 03:25:51 EST