MATH 1552: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

MATH 1552
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

Spring 2003

  Section 4   Instructor: Dan Cohen   Phone: 578-1576
  M - Th   9:40 - 10:30     Office Hours: M - Th   8:40 - 9:30*     E-mail:
  116 Lockett   Office: 372 Lockett   URL:  
* Tentative. Any change in office hours will be announced in class.
   I will also hold office hours by appointment.

TextCalculus, Fourth Edition, by James Stewart. We will cover portions of Chapters 7 and 10 through 14.

Catalog Description:  Techniques of integration, parameter equations, polar coordinates, infinite series, vectors in low dimensions; introduction to differential equations and partial derivatives.

Exams:  There will be three hour-long, in-class exams, each worth 100 points. These exams will tentatively take place during the weeks of February 17, March 24, and April 28. Exam dates will be announced in class. No make-up exams, except in extreme cases. If you must miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam takes place.

Quizzes:  There will be a number of short in-class quizzes given throughout the semester. There will be no make-up quizzes, but your worst quiz grade will be dropped. In total, the quizzes will be worth 100 points.

Homework:  I will assign homework problems essentially every class. Homework will not be collected. Homework assignments will be announced in class, posted at the Blackboard course site, and occasionally discussed in class as necessary. To some extent, homework problems will be indicative of problems you can expect to encounter on quizzes and exams.

Final:  There will be a comprehensive final exam worth 150 points on Thursday, May 15, 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

Grade:   Your course grade will be out of the 550 possible points outlined above. I may curve course grades. In any case, 90-100% is assured an A, 80-89% a B, and so on.

Important Dates:   January 28 is the last day to drop; January 30 is the last day to add; Mardi Gras is March 3-5; April 7 is the last day to withdraw; Spring Break is April 14-19.

Notes:   In this course, we will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of the calculus. To do well in calculus, plan on spending two hours each day reading the section(s) covered, reviewing class notes, and working homework exercises. As this course meets four times a week, the amount of material covered in one week is substantial. You are expected to attend each regularly scheduled class and to keep up with the assigned work. Read each section critically and carefully, look at the worked examples, and work problems in addition to the assigned homework problems if needed to gain a full understanding.

Calculators, computers, books, notes, etc. may not be used on the in-class exams, quizzes, or final exam.

Throughout the semester, information will be posted at the Blackboard site for this course, accessible from

The departmental syllabus for this course may be found at

Bear in mind that you are taking this course under the guidelines of the Code of Student Conduct.