MCS122 Calculus II (Fall 2012)

Course Description


Calculus I

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to give the student:

  • knowledge of the topics in the syllabus
  • skill in carrying out the operations and algorithms of calculus
  • practice in mathematical modeling and problem solving
  • understanding and appreciation of the axiomatic and logical structure of calculus
  • appreciation of the role of calculus in the history of ideas and its impact on the natural and social sciences


Calculus: Early Transcendentals Single Variable, 9th Edition, by Anton, Bivens, and Davis (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2009)

Course Material

We will be covering chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 from the textbook. Additionally we will review selected material from earlier chapters.


You should have a graphing calculator available for use in class and on exams. If you are buying a new one, we encourage the use of Texas Instruments calculators, in particular the TI83/84 Plus, TI83/84 Plus Silver Edition, or the TI89 (though the use of some of its features may be restricted, so that I will want you to use another calculator on tests). If you have the standard version of any of these calculators there is no need to purchase a new calculator. If you have another brand of calculator please see me before purchasing a new one as you may be able to continue using it.

Class web pages

All course materials will be available through the class web pages. The main URL for this course is After this syllabus we will give hard-copy hand-outs only to those students who ask for them.


Classes will be used for discussions, problem solving, lectures, and other fun activities. You should prepare for classes by doing the reading beforehand, thinking about the problems in the text, and formulating questions of your own. You should also participate as much as possible in class. Class meetings are not intended to be a complete encapsulation of the course material. You will be responsible for learning some of the material on your own.

Two comments:

  • Attendance, both physical and mental, is required. We reserve the right to lower your grade if you habitually miss class or fail to participate in class.
  • Texting is not permitted in class. If you receive an urgent phone call, please just leave the class quietly and deal with the call.

Absences from class

Should you need to miss a class for any reason, you are still responsible for the material covered in that class. This means that you will need to make sure that you understand the reading for that day, that you should ask another student for the notes from that day, and make sure that you understand what was covered. If there is an assignment due that day, you should be sure to have someone hand it in. You do not need to explain why you missed a class unless there is a compelling reason to do so.


You will need to read a section or two of the book and do problems for each day that we have class. The homework page lists the assignments and their due dates. You should only hand in the required homework. Our graders will grade some of the required ones.

Homework problems are designed to help you learn the material we cover in class and in the reading. You should read the material and attempt the problems before coming to class. You should finish the problems after class. Approximately twice a week, you will hand in your solutions to the required homework that is due. These should be neatly written on standard sized paper, and with all of the pages stapled together. The sections and problem numbers should be clearly labeled.

On the day that study problems are due, you will be asked to place your work in the red homework folder. After class, I place the folder outside my office door for the grader. Any homework that is not in this folder when the grader gets it is considered late. Late homework will be accepted as long as I get it before my grader hands back the graded assignments. (Alternatively, you can put it in the blue folder for late homework.) In that case, the homework will be graded but you will lose 30% of the points on that assignment.


We will have four afternoon/evening exams and a final exam. These exams will make up the majority of your semester grade.

Course grade

I will provide you with a grade on each assignmentand exam, so that you may keep track of your performance. As a guideline, the components will contribute in the following proportion to the final grade:

Homework 16%
Evening exams
64% (16% each)
Final Exam

Note: As noted above, we reserve the right to lower your course grade if you habitually miss class or don't participate.

Academic Integrity

You are expected to to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty, to uphold the Gustavus Honor Code and to abide by the Academic Honesty Policy. A copy of the honor code can be found in the Academic Bulletin and a copy of the academic honesty policy can be found in the Academic Polices section of the Gustavus Guide.

On homework, you should make a real effort to solve each problem by yourself, although you can and should discuss problems and their solutions with your classmates after you've made this effort. You should give credit to any people or texts that helped you find solutions. On tests, you are expected to work completely by yourself

You will be expected to sign the honor pledge on every exam.

A first violation of the honor code will result in a grade of 0 on the assignment in question. Any further violations will result in a grade of F for the course. In all cases, I notify the office of the Provost.

Disability Services

Gustavus Adolphus College is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs. If you have a documented disability (or you think you may have a disability of any nature) and, as a result, need reasonable academic accommodation to participate in class, take tests or benefit from the College's services, then you should speak with the Disability Services Coordinator, for a confidential discussion of your needs and appropriate plans. Course requirements cannot be waived, but reasonable accommodations may be provided based on disability documentation and course outcomes. Accommodations cannot be made retroactively; therefore, to maximize your academic success at Gustavus, please contact Disability Services as early as possible. Disability Services is located in the Advising and Counseling Center.

Disability Services Coordinator Laurie Bickett (6286) can provide further information.

Help for Students Whose First Language is not English

Support for English Language Learners (ELL) and Multilingual students is available via the College's ELL Support staff person, Andrew Grace (7395). He can meet individually with students to consult about academic tasks and to help students seek other means of support. The ELL Support person can also consult with faculty members who have ELL and multilingual students enrolled in their classes. The College's ELL staff person can provide students with a letter to a professor that explains and supports academic accommodations (e.g. additional time on tests, additional revisions for papers). Professors make decisions based on those recommendations at their own discretion. In addition, ELL and multilingual students can seek help from peer tutors in the Writing Center.