The topics include the integral and its applications as well as multivariable calculus. Additional topics are selected from: differential equations, Taylor series and probability distributions. This course does not satisfy mathematics major requirements.
The ideas of calculus are simple ones about accumulation and change. If you know where you are and where you've been, you can tell how fast you've been going (calculus I). If you know the interest rate on your account, your spending history, and your initial deposit you can tell how much money you have now (calculus II). Although the theories behind calculus are subtle and complex, a beginner with a good command of algebra can learn to use calculus to their advantage.
Note: MATH142 does not include trigonometric functions and so does not satisfy the major requirements for many departments in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Course web page: http://webhost.bridgew.edu/hburgiel/MATH142/
Last day to withdraw from this course: 6/2/05
Chapter tests: 6/9/05, 6/20/05
Final exam: 6/30/05
Grades for the course will be computed on a curve. The final grade will be determined as follows:
On some weeks there will be a short (~20 minute) quiz at the start of Friday's class. You will have an opportunity to resubmit your answers to one of these quizes at the end of the semester to improve your grade on that quiz (and to compensate for the fact that there will be no makeup quizzes.)
Homework: Homework assignments will be collected by the end of class on some Mondays. In addition, questions from the text will be assigned daily but will not generally be graded. Answers to odd numbered problems can be found in the back of the book. Many quiz and exam questions will be based on the assigned problems from the text.
Class Participation: Please use common courtesy during class. Turn cell phones off, refrain from discussing subjects other than mathematics, and if you must leave early please notify me in advance and sit near an exit. Your attention in lecture will be noted and appreciated. Students responsible for disrupting class may lose points off their final grade.
Blackboard Registration: The official gradebook for the course will be on BSC's Blackboard system. This allows you to view your grades at any time. You must have a Blackboard account in order to have your grades entered in the gradebook. Visit Bridgewater State College's account registration page to register for Blackboard.
Make-up work: There will be no make-up quizzes. Instead, at the end of the semester there will be an opportunity to redo and resubmit one quiz. If the grade on the resubmitted quiz is greater than the previous grade, the old grade will be replaced with the new. You may submit homework late but your grade may be reduced by a late penalty. If there is an excess of late homework submitted, some may not receive any grade at all.
Materials: Pencil and paper will be required for in-class exercises. A laptop computer with wireless access to Bridgewater's network may be useful for some in-class work. It is strongly recommended that students bring a pencil (not a pen), eraser, and working scientific calculator to quizzes and exams. Please do not use cell phones (even as calculators) during quizzes and exams. Students should purchase a block or package of graph paper for homework problems that require graphs and should use some type of straightedge to draw lines, when needed.
Office hours: I will be available during these hours for consultation on a first-come-first-served basis. You do not need an appointment in advance. In special cases we can schedule appointments at other times.
I will check my email frequently, but email is not a good way to get help on your homework. For help with the mathematics in this course, I encourage you to attend my office hours. If you miss class, please come to office hours or contact a fellow student to learn what material was covered during class.
Academic conduct: Bridgewater State College's Academic Misconduct Policy will be enforced in this class.