Math 142 - Calculus II
Sections .007/.007 - Spring 2019

Course Homepage

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 math classes.
  • The USC MPT homepage is .
  • Acceptable MPT codes for Math 142 are M10 to M39 on exam version Pre C.
  • See for a brief summary of acceptable MPT codes.

Course Requirements

  • 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 (
  • Students are expected to regularly check the Course Homepage 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.


Required Textbook:  Thomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals with MyMathLab (MML) access, 13th Edition.
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.
Helpful Textbook: 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.
Highly Recommended A 3-ring binder to help organize your notes, homeworks, quizzes, my numereous handouts, etc.
Calculator: 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. See

Course Structure

The course lecture days are Tuesday and Thursday. On recitiation days (the other two days), always go to the classroom as posted on and we will some activities, such as: questions/quiz (over homework), worksheet, or Maple.

Lectures Days

  • 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.
  • The 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.
Question/Quiz (Q2) Day
  • 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.
  • Quiz Part: 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.
Maple Days SI Sessions
  • 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 My 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 Evaluation below).

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).

Course Outline

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.
  • 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.
As we near an exam, start preparing for it (even if I forget to remind you).
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.

  • 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%,
    then 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%,
    then your final exam weight is 0.8 and so your weighted final exam score = (.80)*(your actual final exam score).
So, for example, let's say you make a 90% on the final exam.
  • 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 1scheme 2
Quizzes and Homework
20 % 20 %
Hourly Exams 60% = 3 * 20% 45% = 3* 15 %
Weighted Final Exam 20% 35 %
total 100 % 100 %

The baseline score is indicated below. These thresholds may be lowered (at the end of the semester) if appropriate.

90 - 100 % 80 - 89 % 70 - 79 % 60 - 69 % below 60 %

Common Sense and Courtesy

Academic Honesty. 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 for clarification. Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated (such are grounds for an F in the course). 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 at

Timeliness. 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 → 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.

Cell Phones. 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. 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.

ADA. 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.

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