Calculus II - Mathematics 142, Honors Section 2

Frank Thorne - Fall 2014
University of South Carolina

Welcome to Math 142! Calculus is a beautiful, important, and fascinating subject.

It is also challenging. Please plan on a lot of hard work; we are here to help you succeed.

Instructional Staff :

Learning outcomes:

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -- B.F. Skinner

Successful students will:

The above is true of any math class. Typically, all of this is best learned in some specific context. Therefore, successful students will also: This Honors section has the additional component that you will study Thompson's Calculus Made Easy and write short essays on it. By doing this, successful students will:

Warning. There is a ton of homework. It will be collected and graded. That is because this is the most effective way for you to learn. But:

This class doesn't cover exactly the same material as most sections of Math 142. Compared to a recent version of the course:

Course requirements and grading:

Texts : James Stewart, Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 6th edition. We will use a custom edition of this book, available in the campus bookstore. However, the Calculus II portion of the book is identical to the non-custom version. You might consider buying your book used on Amazon or elsewhere online. You might also buy a used version from an upperclassman.

We will also read Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Thompson, as revised by Martin Gardner. To my knowledge this book is not available at the campus bookstore -- you can buy it here among many other places.

Meeting schedule :

Exam schedule : All exams will be held in the usual classroom, during class meetings (except for the final).

Homework : The homework assignments have four components:

Grading :

You will be graded both on correctness and on quality of exposition. The standard is that someone who doesn't know the answer should be able to easily follow your work. Any work that is confusing, ambiguous, or poorly explained will not receive full credit.

The grade cutoffs are: A for 90%, B+ for 85%, B for 78%, C+ for 72%, C for 64%, and D for 50%.

      % of grade  
  Three in-class exams:     15% x 3  
  Final exam:     30%  
  Maple lab assignments:     10%  
  Homework:     15%  

The Fine Print:

Make-up policy :

If you have a legitimate conflict with any of the exams it is your responsibility to inform me at least a week before the exam. Otherwise, makeups will only be given in case of emergency. Late homework will generally not be accepted, except in case of illness or family emergency, or unless you clear it with me in advance.

Calculators :

Calculators will not be allowed for the exams.

Here is a very, very, very powerful calculator. Do not use it to solve the homework problems, but it is a useful way to check your work.

Attendance : Skipping class is unwise, but no attendance policy will be enforced. You are responsible for all the material covered in all lectures, discussion sections, and labs.

Supplemental instruction :

TBA runs the supplemental instruction sessions. This is a valuable resource and you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of it. Please go to ask questions and meet other students. It is a particularly good place to work on your homework.

These are held [Dates and Times TBA].

There is also free drop-in tutoring available for all 100-level math courses. The Math Tutoring Center in LC 105 is open (free, drop-in) Monday-Thursday from 11am until 4pm. The Student Success Center also offers peer tutoring and online tutoring.

Other help resources : Math lab, Private tutors .

Schedule of lectures, homeworks, and exams:

Homeworks are not always due on the same days of the week. This could be a bit annoying (my apologies), but it was done to make sure no one homework is excessively long.

At this point, homeworks are mostly finished but slightly subject to change, except where noted. Also, each homework will have one question on Thompson's book and most of these haven't been added yet.

The schedule is for lecture (T/Th) only. Wednesday discussions will be dedicated to student questions about lectures and homework problems, further examples, discussion of Calculus Made Easy, and exam review.

The schedule: