Calculus II

Winter 2001

Course Overview

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Third Floor Arts and Sciences Phone: x249, 244-9836
Mailing List: Office Hours: Basically whenever I'm around
Tutors: Dena Adams, Jen Dupras, Shiva Polefka Help Sessions: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, TB.

Course Overview

As our primary text we will again use Calculus, second edition, by Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, I would like to cover almost all of chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9. I think this is a fairly leisurely pace; we might have one or two extra classes to do some additional topics or applications; let me know if you have any requests.

I have several goals for this course:

  1. I want you to gain a firmer understanding of the big ideas of calculus, in particular, the definite and indefinite integrals.
  2. I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
  3. I want you to learn independently about a topic of your choosing.
  4. I want you to gain experience orally presenting technical information.
  5. I want to have fun while learning some neat stuff.


Your evaluation will be based on the following: I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines on page 8 of the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.

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 be due Fridays at the end of the day. More than one unexcused late homework assignment will result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
  3. 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.
  4. Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed. You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
  5. Information on what is expected for your final presentation can be found in a separate document.
  6. I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should do the reading, and come prepared with written questions. Click here for details.
  7. In order to make time for final presntations, we'll need to schedule a few extra classes toward the end of the term.
  8. Instead of me presenting examples, I plan on assigning a short problem that a pair of students will present in class. This presentation is highly informal.
  9. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
  10. As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other information via email, it is important that you check your email regularly.
  11. I expect you to attend class and labs.
  12. We will be using the computer algebra system Maple more frequently this term. Unlike in Calculus I, we'll be doing stuff on Maple that your graphing calculators won't be able to handle. If you haven't learned to love Maple yet, you will soon.
  13. Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagarizing, 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 last winter.

[ Dave ] [ Calc II ] [ COA ]

Web page maintained by