Math 142 - Calculus II
Sections .007/.007 - Spring 2019
Become familiar with the course homepage at
which has the following information in Frequently Used Links table.
- The Weekly Schedule, which has the when/where of the:
lectures, recitation, SI sessions, and office hours.
The Weekly Schedule is your one-stop-find-all place
of where you should be when!
- The Semester Calendar, which contains information
on exams and offical holidays.
- Instructor contact information for: Prof. Girardi, the Teaching Assistant (TA), and the SI Leader.
Qualification through placement
or a grade of C or better in MATH 141.
You must have a USC Math Placement Test (MPT)
code on your USC academic record.
Thus you must take the MPT to get a score, which translates
into a MPT code,
which will be updated as you successfully pass
The USC MPT homepage is
Acceptable MPT codes for Math 142 are M10 to M39
on exam version Pre C.
for a brief summary of acceptable MPT codes.
- Students are expected to attend all lectures and recitations.
The SI Sessions are optional but highly recommended.
- Students are expected to read the section(s) to be covered in lecture before the lecture.
See the Course Outline below
for the sections (in order) to be covered.
- Students are expected to regularly check their university email (@email.sc.edu).
- Students are expected to regularly check the
for homework, announcements, handouts, etc... .
The TA might post items on Blackboard.
- Students are expected to bring all course handouts to each class meeting.
You need not bring your book.
- Students are expected to complete all assignments on time and take all quizzes and exams.
||Thomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals with MyMathLab (MML) access,
The Customed Edition for USC (ISBN 9781323157138) comes with MML access
is basically the complete 13th Edition without Ch. 9,
which we do not cover.
So a complete 13th edition, with MML access, also suffices.
We will use the book's online homework MML so
you need MML access, which comes with an e-book.
So if you do not want a hard copy of the book, it suffices to just
purchase MML access (Standalone Access Card ISBN is 9780321199911).
A MML access card is available at
the USC bookstore, from the publisher Pearson directly, or the internet.
||The book Just-in-Time. Algebra and Trigonometry for
Early Transcendental Calculus (by Mueller & Brent,
available in bookstore under Math 116) is an excellent resource
for algebra&trig review.
||A 3-ring binder to help organize your
notes, homeworks, quizzes, my numereous handouts, etc.
|| Calculators will not be allowed
(nor needed) for the exams and quizzes.
One of the goals of this course is to learn how to communicate
mathematical ideas; thus, you
are strongly encouraged to work together in Calculus Jam Sessions.
By all means, form study groups to discuss the homework
(give it a fair shot first before you meet with others)
and study for the exams.
The Student Contact Information sheet should
facilitate contacting eachother.
The course lecture days are Tuesday and Thursday.
On recitiation days (the other two days), always go to the classroom as posted on my.sc.edu and
we will some activities, such as: questions/quiz (over homework), worksheet, or Maple.
Question/Quiz (Q2) Day
Prof. Girardi will present new theory
(as you go higher in math, you need to understand more and more theory),
answer questions on the theory, and work examples
to illustrate the new theory.
Course Outline below
indicates the order in which we will
cover sections from the book.
Before each lecture, read the next 2 sections-to-be-covered from the textbook.
Before these days,
give the homework sets due for that day a serious effort.
Come to recitation with a list of your questions from the homework.
Questions Part: The TA will answer your questions from
the homework set(s) due for that recitation.
Become pro-active in your learning!
The first person arriving to class should write-up on
the chalkboard the sections to be covered that day.
Then students should write the homework problem numbers
for those problems they would like the TA to discuss.
The TA will handle as many problems for which there is time.
There will be a (short, about 10 minutes) quiz towards the end of most Recitation Days.
Recitation Quizzes, which are are closed notes/books, are highly based
on the corresponding homework sets.
You should do fine on the Recitation Quizzes provided:
- before recitation, you can do most of the homework sets without
the help of your notes/book
- during recitation, you clarify your remaining questions.
Warning: the Math 142 departmental syllabus is jammed packed.
There is not enough time for the TA to answer all
your homework questions. So check out other Sources of Help
listed on the course homepage.
With the help of the TA, you will work through Maple labs.
Our course homepage (see Frequently Used Links)
contains all the needed links for your Maple Days.
There will be Maple homeworks, as announced by our TA.
Between Math 142 sections, Maple assignments vary from the department's posted
suggested Maple assigments so always check
our Maple homeworks.
We will do a proper subsets of the Maple labs.
Any questions about the Maple should be directed to the TA.
If the TA does not know the answer, the TA knows the appropriate person to ask.
Our Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Leader attends our main Lectures and holds SI sessions to help students
improve their understanding of the course material.
Prof. Girardi strongly encourages you to attend SI sessions.
See the Weekly Schedule (on the course homepage) for
the time/location of our SI sessions.
- Homework assignments are posted on the course homepage,
by chapter and section, under
Frequently Used Links.
This site indicates if there is online homework as well as gives you
the offline homwork.
The Homework pages are
also an excellent source of extra problems (with solutions)
for you to practice.
Once Prof. Girardi has finished her lectures for a section,
the (online and/or offline) homework for that section is due the
next Question/Quiz Day.
It is your responsibility to have the homework done
by the next Question/Quiz Day. If ever in doubt of what
is due by the next Question/Quiz Day,
please just ask Prof. Girardi at the end of class.
Online homework is done using
Math Lab. MML homework is (usually) due before Question/Quiz recitation.
However, you (usually) will have the opportunity, for about 2 days after
recitation, to improve your homework score (with a 25% late penalty).
When you pull up each MML assignment, be sure to check that
particular assigment's setting (which vary from
assignment-to-assignment): when it is due,
the number of attempts per problem, if there exists possiblity for
grade improvement after the due date.
- Attendance is (usually) taken each day except if there is a quiz that day.
(Please remind Prof. G to pass the attendance sheet if she forgets.)
- Attendance is used to determine your final exam weight
(see Grading Policy and
Course Filing Cabinet
The top drawer, labeled "Prof. Girardi/Math 142",
of the black filing cabinet outside Prof. Girardi's office (LC 309C)
door is for your class's use. If you do not pick up an assignment
on the day it is passed out, your paper goes into
this drawer. Exams and the
Student Contact Information Sheet
will not be placed in
the filing cabinet; for these, see Prof. Girardi.
ps: I put a hole-puncher and stapler on top of the filing cabinet you to use (please return
so the next student can use).
This schedule is tentative, esp. as to ensure you get enough
recitation/SI time in before an exam.
The chapter.section to be covered are listed below.
We will cover the sections in order.
The pace is approximately one section per lecture day.
As we near an exam, start preparing for it
(even if I forget to remind you).
- Techniques of Integration (Sections 8.1 - 8.5, 8.7, 8.8)
- then Exam 1
- Numerical Series (Sections 10.1 - 10.6)
- then Exam 2
- Power Series (Sections 10.7 - 10.10)
- Parameterized Curves (Sections 11.1, 11.2)
- then Exam 3
- Polar Coordinates (Sections 11.3, 11.4, 11.5)
- then the Cumulative Final Exam.
Taking a (highly recommended) glance through these chapter.section will give a
brief overview of the course.
Grading Policy and Evaluation
All questions regarding grading are to be directed to Prof. Girardi (and not the TA).
Prof. Girardi is glad to answer your questions over graded work
but you must ask within 6 days from the date the graded work is returned in class.
Prof. Girardi and the TA make comments on your graded work as so you
can learn from your mistakes. Thus, you should come to class, pick up
your returned work, and read the comments as so not to makes the
mistakes again. Thus, grades will not be posted on Blackboard
nor delivered via email.
You will be given your class PIN shortly after
the last day to drop without a W.
Your PIN is a 3 digit number
that helps Prof. Girardi and the TA correctly
record your scores
(the first digit indicates your section number and the last two digits indicates your place on
the roster within your section).
In order to receive credit for an assignment,
both your name (written legibly) and PIN
must be on the paper. So PLEASE note your PIN somewhere
you can find it when needed.
Bring a photo ID to each exam.
Recitation Quizzes and Hourly/Final Exams
are closed books/notes and will be graded sternly.
Quantities that are equal will be connected
by equal signs. Quantities that are not equal will not be
connected by equal signs.
There is a difference between an equal sign and an arrow;
do not misuse.
There (tentativley) will be 3 equally-weighted
Hourly Exams and a cumulative Final Exam.
No exam score is dropped; there will be no make-up exams.
See the Semester Calendar in the Frequently Used Links
on the course
homepage for more information of what each exam will cover and dates.
Each in-class quiz, Maple homework, and collected
by-hand homework is worth the same amount of points (10 points).
No make-up quizzes. No late homework accepted.
Keeping with USC's attendance policy,
the lowest (approx./at least) 10% of these collective
assignment scores will be dropped.
So if you miss a quiz, maple homework, or collected assignment,
then the zero you
receive on that work will be part of your dropped lowest 10%, regardless of
whether or not you having a note (so a note from a doctor
is not necessary nor helpful).
No online homework is dropped but you usually have about 2 days after the
online HW is due to improve your score.
USC attendance policy is:
Absence from more than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions,
whether excused or unexcused, is excessive and the instructor
may choose to exact agrade penalty for such absences.
(See USC Undergraduate Studies
Bulletin → Policy and Regulations → Undergraduate
Academic Regulations → Attendance Policy.)
Note the words excused or unexcused.
So basically an absence is an absence, with or without a note from a:
doctor, coach, lawyer or professor.
Attendance is used to determine your final exam weight as follows.
So, for example, let's say you make a 90% on the
If 75% ≤ (your attendance) ≤ 100%,
then your final exam weight is 1 and so
your weighted final exam score = your actual final exam score.
If 50% ≤ (your attendance) < 75%,
your final exam weight is 0.9 and so
your weighted final exam score = (.90)*(your actual final exam score).
If 0% ≤ (your attendance) < 50%,
your final exam weight is 0.8 and so
your weighted final exam score = (.80)*(your actual final exam score).
If 75% ≤ (your attendance) ≤ 100%,
then your weighted final exam score = 90 % .
If 50% ≤ (your attendance) < 75%,
then your weighted final exam score = (.90) * (90%) = 81 % .
If 0% ≤ (your attendance) < 50%,
then your weighted final exam score = (.80) * (90%) = 72% .
Your course grade (tentatively) will be based on your (personal)
higher percentage in the below 2 schemes.
| ||scheme 1||scheme 2
| Quizzes and Homework
|| 20 % || 20 %
| Hourly Exams
|| 60% = 3 * 20% || 45% = 3* 15 %
| Weighted Final Exam
|| 20% || 35 %
|| 100 % || 100 %
The baseline score is indicated below.
These thresholds may be lowered (at the end of the semester) if appropriate.
A || B || C || D || F
| 90 - 100 %
|| 80 - 89 %
|| 70 - 79 %
|| 60 - 69 %
|| below 60 %
Common Sense and Courtesy
According to the USC Student Handbook code of
student academic responsibility, the first law of academic life is
intellectual honesty. We expect this of all of you. If you
ever have the least bit of uncertainty about the ground rules, ask
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated (such are grounds for an F in
No electronic posting of the course class notes nor other course material
without prior written permission from Prof. Girardi.
No improper emailing of students via Blackboard (it is totally fine,
in fact encouraged,
to use BB to set up a Calculus Jam Session).
No improper use nor sharing with others information from
the Student Contact Information Sheet.
Violations of this policy will be dealt with
according to University guidelines.
Cheating on any assignment is grounds for an F in this course.
A Statement of Academic Integrity can be found
USC policy states:
Enrollment in a course obligates the student not only for prompt
completion of all work assigned but also for punctual and regular
attendance and for participation in whatever class discussion may
occur. It is the student's responsibility to keep informed concerning all
assignments made. Absences, whether excused or unexcused, do not absolve
the student from this responsibility.
(See http://bulletin.sc.edu →
Policy and Regulations → Undergraduate Academic Regulations → Grading Policies.)
Thus students are expected to attend the entire class meeting:
late arrivals and early depatures disrupt the class.
Repeated late arrivals and/or early departures will not be tolerated.
If you must leave class early, inform the instructor
(me or the TA) before the class begins,
sit near the door, and gracefully exit.
If you must arrive late, discretely find an open seat
(and inform the instructor before hand if you know this will happen).
This procedure, which produces a conducive learning environment,
is out of fairness to all students in the course.
In order to create a classroom environment conducive to learning, as well as by University policy,
the use of cell phones during class is prohibited.
During class, cell phones and other electronic devices are to be
turned off and stored in a closed (e.g., zipped or buttoned) bag (e.g., backpack or purse);
they may not be stored in the person's clothing (e.g., jacket pocket).
If you do not have proper storage with you, you may give the device to the instructor
to babysit it during class.
Improper use or storage of cell phones (as well as other electronic devices) could result in the device being confiscated
(and not returned).
Audio recording of any part of the class is prohibited without the
prior written permission the Prof. Girardi.
5 Year Calendar.
USC posts an Official 5-year Academic Calendar at
Exams (and there are no make-ups) might fall just before
a holiday break. Plan according.
If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Dissabilities Act and you have registered with the
USC Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS),
you need to speak with Prof. Girardi before using an approved accommodation.
Learning Outcomes: for learning to come out.