Source of Help
Prof. Girardi's suggestions
Attend the SI Sessions!!!!
Come to as many of these highly recommended SI sessions as you can,
ready to actively participate!!!!!
Supplemental Instruction (SI) program
has had tremendous success in increasing the course material understanding and
raising the grades of students who
actively take advantage of its offerings.
Our SI Leader attends our lectures and
holds SI sessions (3 evenings per week).
Our regular SI times and locations are posted on our Class Schedule (available from the
- To help make your evening time travel safe, USC offers several service (see
- Evening Shuttle Route. 6:00pm - 12:30am, Mon-Fri,
(while classes are in session).
Barnwell St. Lot,
Blatt PE Center,
- Evening Van Rides. 8pm-midnight ,Mon-Fri (while classes are in session).
To arrange a pickup, call 777-DUCK (3825). If no answer, call 777-3351.
- Late Night Shuttle. 12:30am - 6:30am, Mon-Fri (while classes are in session).
To arrange a pickup, call 777-3351.
- A great source of worked our examples is the
APEX Calculus book. See it's Table of Contents (esp. page iv).
Here how this book matches up with ours.
|Thomas Book||APEX Book|
|Ch. 8. Techniques of Integration
||Ch 6. Techniques of Antidifferentiation |
|Ch 10. Sequences and Series
||Ch 8. Sequences and Series|
|Ch 11. Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
||Ch 9. Curves in the Plane
Prof. Girardi's Homework Page.
course homepage, link to
"Homework" in the Frequently Used Links.
Several of the sections have extra problems (look for "need more practice"),
with not only answers but also solutions. If you are having troubles with a
particular section and you do not find a "need more practice", just ask
Prof. Girardi to post some additional extra practice problem for you.
Budget your semester schedule so that you spend sufficient time with Math 142.
The rule of thumb for Study Time Committment
for a University course is
4 hours of studies outside of class for each credit unit.
Math 142 is a 4 credit unit course
so you should be doing about 4x4=16 hours
of studying Math 142 a week (outside of class).
Of course, this rule of thumb assumes you are well prepared
for the course. Thus, if you are weak on some of
the prerequisites, then you will need to do more.
Form Calculus Jam Sessions, where students from our class
meet on a regular basis and work through problems.
Our Student Contact Information sheet
should help you organizing such sessions.
Let me know if you want me to organize some sessions.
The Math Tutor Center (LC 105) and
the undergraduate student lounge (LC 311)
are good places to hold your sessions: they have chalkboards, large tables, and lots of chairs.
Students tell me that they also like the Mezzi in Thomas Cooper Library.
- Math Tutor Center
The Math Tutor Center
is staffed with talented math graduate students
eager to answer your Math 142 questions.
Visit their webpage for current
hours and schedule of tutors. You can check out the tutors, find one that works for you,
and then find out when they will be there.
- No appointment necessary. Just stop on by. It's free.
- It is located in LC 105.
- It is open midday from shortly after classes starts through the last day of classes.
- For the Finals Week schedule, visit their webpage shortly before finals.
The Student Success Center (SSC)
is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for academic support services on campus.
Their programs are free to USC undergraduates.
For Math 142, the SSC support services include: SI, Appointments with a Tutor,
Online Tutoring, and Drop-in Tutoring (e.g., usually
at Bates, Columbia, and Sims Halls (in the evenings)
and SWGN (in the late afternoons).
To check schedules and make appointments: call the SSC Hotline (777-1000),
visit www.sc.edu/success, or go to the SSC on the in the Thomas Cooper Library
on the Mezzanine level.
There are many calculus textbooks, several with student manuals, available in the
Undergraduate Student Lounge (LC 311).
These books are excellent sources
for worked out examples for further practice.
- Prof. Girardi will lend you the book's Solution Manual for use in/near her office for you to take sneak peaks at while doing your homework.
Just make arrangements with Prof. Girardi.
Professor Girardi and the Teaching Assistant are available for help.
Their office hours and locations are posted on our Class Schedule (available from our
Prof. Girardi has posted her
Prof. Kustin's Math 142 homepage
also has many old exams, including solutions!
The Math Department maintains a list of
(who tutor for a fee) for math and statistics.
Findable from the course homepage: