Math 274 Calculus II, Section 004
Department of Mathematics
Towson University

Calculus II

Fall 2017

Instructor: Alexei Kolesnikov
Office: YR 325
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3 to 4:30pm; or by appointment
Schedule: The class will meet from 8:30 to 10:45am on Tuesdays (in YR 103) and Thursdays (in YR 126)

This is the second course in the Calculus series. The focus of the course will be on developing greater technical sophistication in dealing with mathematical objects. We will go over several standard integration techniques and will see various applications of integration. We will introduce very important notions of convergence for sequences and series and several tools to study the convergence. Other topics will include polar coordinates and differential equations.

The course is designed to give you ample opportunities to practice constructing and evaluating logical arguments and to organize your mathematical thinking through written and oral communication. Sorting through the numerous possible ways to compute an integral or to determine whether a series converges or diverges, you will learn to apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve mathematical problems. The applications of integrals and differential equations will help you improve the skill of applying mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.

TEXT We will be using an Open Textbook Calculus Volume 2, by Gilbert Strang and many coauthors.
CALCULATOR The calculators will be of very limited use in this course. The majority of heavy-duty calculations will be done on a computer. The homework exercises and exam problems are designed to be done "by hand" (with the heavier calculations handled by Mathematica). The calculators will be allowed on the exams, but are neither required, nor are particularly useful there.
GRADING There will be written homework, web-based homework, Mathematica labs, three in-class tests, and a comprehensive final examination. The highest test score will contribute 20% toward the final grade, the lowest score will count 10% and the middle score 15%. Written homework, web homework, and labs will count 10% each in the final grade, and the final will be 25%. The assignments will be graded using the letter grades, removing the need for the conversion between the numeric scores and the letter grades. For the purpose of averaging, the standard correspondence: A is 4, B- is 2.67, etc., will be used.

I will keep a separate karma score (see Policies section for more information). This score will not have a direct effect on your grade.

TEST DATES Test 1: Thursday, September 28
Test 2: Thursday, October 26
Test 3: Thursday, November 16
Final:  Thursday, December 14, 8:00am
WRITTEN HOMEWORK Written homework will be assigned weekly. It usually will be due on Thursdays, at the beginning of the class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make your homework appear on my desk at the start of the class.
WEB HOMEWORK The goal of web homework is to let you practice the routine exercises and give you immediate feedback in case you are doing something wrong. A typical web homework assignment will have 7-12 problems. Usually, you will have up to 6 attempts to solve a problem correctly. If you managed to solve all but one problem correctly, this will still count as full credit for that assignment at the end of the course. Still, it is a good idea to work through all the problems.

The link to web homework is posted on BlackBoard. You can access it using the Web Homework button in the BlackBoard site.

Most of web homework assignments will be due on Tuesdays. Please try to resolve any questions you have with the assignment by Tuesday morning. Most likely, the last minute questions (after 4pm on Tuesday the assignment is due) will not be answered before the homework is graded.

MATHEMATICA LABS This is an important component of the course. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. You can get your own free copy of Mathematica (otherwise most legal copies cost more than $100). I highly recommend installing it on your own computer. This way, you will not be restricted to Stephens Lab hours to complete assignments.
2. Labs usually will be due on Tuesdays at the start of the class.
4. Did I mention that the copy of Mathematica you can get from Towson is free?

COURSE POLICIES The students are expected to behave in a professional way. This includes coming to class on time and ready to work; engaging in on-task work throughout the class period; and submitting assignments on time. Doing this will generate good karma, while unprofessional behavior will generate bad karma (I will keep a score). This score will have no direct effect on your grade; but students with a negative karma score will not have an opportunity to make up missed homeworks and I will not be able to offer recommendation letters to the students with bad karma at the end of the course.

Class attendance is expected. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the material and the homework assignment from your fellow students.

You should expect to spend a considerable amount of time working on this course outside of class. According to the US Department of Education definition, a credit hour is ''an amount of work that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom ... instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks''. This is a 4-credit hour course, so you need to budget 8 hours per week for independent work on this course. At the same time, try to be efficient. If you are spending a lot of time on homework or lab assignments without making much progress, talk to me.

You are encouraged to discuss your homework and lab assignments with each other; however, solutions should be written down separately. You should not read anybody else's homework or lab or show your work to anybody else. Tests are to be written strictly individually. University's Academic Integrity Policy will be enforced; everyone caught cheating on any assignment will face a range of penalties, up to a failing grade in the course.

Normally, no make-up tests will be given; if for some reason you are not able to take a test, please let me know as soon as possible.

Everyone participating in this course is expected to be respectful of each other without regard to race, class, linguistic background, religion, political beliefs, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, veteran's status, or physical ability. If you feel these expectations have not been met, please feel free to discuss it with me or with the designated diversity liaison Dr. Elizabeth Goode.

If you have questions or concerns about the course, be sure to discuss them with me during my office hours or by appointment.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES Drop without W deadline: Wednesday, September 6
Drop deadline: Monday, November 6
Thanksgiving break: November 22-26
Last day of classes: Monday, December 11