Calculus II

Spring 2003

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Second Floor, Turrets Annex Phone: x249, 276-5284
Mailing List: Office Hours: When I'm around
Tutors Mailing List: Help Sessions: Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00, TAB
Web page:

Course Overview

I have five main goals for this course:

  1. I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
  2. I want you to gain a firmer understanding of the theory and applications of integral calculus, and a solid introduction to infinite sums and series.
  3. I want to have fun while working hard and learning a lot.
  4. I want you to gain experience using computer to help you do mathematics.
  5. I want you to learn independently about a topic of your choosing and to gain experience orally presenting technical information.

As our primary text we will use Calculus, third edition, by Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, I would like to cover most of Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.


Your evaluation will be based roughly on the following: I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines put forth in the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc. I encourage students to not take letter grades; I think doing so usually helps students learn and be more critical of their education.


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Policies and Stuff: First Draft

  1. The final version of this and related documents can be found on the course web page.
  2. Homework will usually be due at the end of the day on Friday. More than one unexcused late homework assignment will almost surely result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
  3. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
  4. If your HW is substantially late, I may not be able to grade it fully. I'll check off that you did it, but I might not have time to make as many comments and suggestions as I normally do.
  5. You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends, and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a homework problem and you don't understand how they did it, you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in. If you consult other texts or the internet, be sure to cite your sources.
  6. The midterm will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed. You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
  7. I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should do the reading before class.
  8. As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other information via email, it is important that you check your email regularly.
  9. I expect you to attend class. Missing a few classes isn't a big deal. Please let me know beforehand if possible.
  10. Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagiarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any cases of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic integrity passed by the faculty several winters ago.

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