Math 172 A/B
Calculus II
Fall, 2017

Syllabus

Course overview.  Our text is Calculus, 3rd Ed. by Rogawski and Adams. We will cover
• Chapter 7: Sections 1-3, 7-8 (exponential, log and inverse trig functions and their derivatives; l'Hôspital's rule)
• Chapter 8: Sections 1-3, 5, 7, 9 (integration techniques; improper integrals; numerical integration)
• Chapter 9: Sections 1, 3, 4 (arc length, center of mass, Taylor polynomials)
• Chapter 11: Sections 1-7 (sequences, series, convergence tests, power series, Taylor series)
• Chapter 12: Sections 1-4 (parametric equations; polar coords; arc length in each; speed; areas in polar coords)
• Chapter 13: Sections 1-6 (vectors in 2D and 3D; dot and cross products; angles between vectors; planes; quadric surfaces)
Along with these (and as greatly important, in my view, though difficult for an outsider to evaluate), I would like to see you grow as mathematics students. Here are some thoughts on that subject.
 Homework 15% Exams 57% Final Exam 28%

Homework.  On six days each week, set aside some time for doing mathematics. Formally, your progress in understanding course content is monitored using WebAssign, an online homework system. Links to assignments are found on the class calendar. You should monitor this calendar closely, as it changes regularly, keep on top of these formal assignments, and do your work on time.

Informally, your homework includes all the exercises in relevant sections of our textbook. You are in a course which is substantially the same at institutions across the country. While many things vary (text used, instructor, exercises assigned, etc.), you should strive, in so far as you are capable, to be conversant in everything another 2nd-semester Calculus student might know. This will be achieved only if you take the required content as minimal, rather than the sum total of what you should know.

Contacting me.   My office is NH 281. If you are having trouble in the course — if you do not understand something important or have some special circumstance that impedes your performance — see me about it right away! Do not put things off. The hours I am intentionally in my office for meeting with students are posted on my homepage, as they are subject to change during the semester. If we cannot connect at one of these times, feel free to talk with me about an appointed time to meet, or swing by my office and see if I am available to help.

I may be reached by phone at x66856, but a better way to reach me for a non-technical question is by email. If you require my approval for something, do not consider having left a message for me as equivalent to having obtained that approval.