Spring 2016 Honors Calculus II Math 1230
Instructor Niloufer Mackey (nil.mackey{at}wmich{dot}edu)
Office 6618 Everett; Phone (269) 387-4594.
Office Hours MW:  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.   TR: 1 - 2 p.m.     You may also see me by appointment. However, right before class is definitely not a good time to see me.
Class Time MTRF 12 - 12:50pm, Brown 2037. Please turn beepers and cell phones off during class. Regular attendance is required.
Prerequisite Completion of Math 1220 or 1700 (Calculus I) with a grade of C or better.
Text Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Thomas, Weir, Hass, Addison Wesley, 13th Edition. Please bring this text with you to every class. We will study Chapters 6 - 10.
The accompanying Student Solutions Manual is strongly recommended.
Calculator A graphing calculator (TI-89, V-200 or Nspire) is recommended by the department for this course.  

Math Tutor Lab

Free help available in Rood 3378  Check http://www.wmich.edu/math/computer-tutor-labs.

Other Resources Calculus, Schaum's Outlines Series: 3000 solves problems in Calculus.   Low-priced, with oodles of solved practise problems, used by generations of calculus students. Look for it on-line. You can access an electronic copy at no cost through Waldo Library.
Another low-priced resource is How to Ace Calculus: A Streetwise Guide by Adams, Hass and Thompson. Summarizes the important ideas, gives frank advice with generous helpings of humor.
Finally, a no-cost resource is Calculus  by Gilbert Strang, available on-line through the MIT Open Courseware project.

*Course Rationale: Calculus has been described as the mathematics of change. In the real world, when we are trying to understand a quantity or process, we do not usually start with a formula. Rather, we start with some knowledge of the way in which the quantity changes. Calculus provides us with a precise language and a powerful tool for exploring this change, no matter what its source. Thus you will encounter the ideas of calculus throughout science -- in astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, economics, physics, psychology....

This is the second semester of the calculus sequence. The ideas of calculus took centuries to develop and then refine, so you should expect to spend many hours of hard thinking every week to understand them!

*Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the central concepts and main applications of calculus.
  2. Develop sufficient compuational skills for subsequent calculus courses, and for applications to other areas.
  3. Develop abilities to tackle multi-step problems and to explain the process.
  4. Develop mathematical reasoning skills.
  5. Develop mathematical writing skills, including learning the proper use of mathematical notation.

*Syllabus:   Quick review of Sections 5.4 - 5.6, followed by Chapters 6 -- 10, with Section 4.5 covered along with Chapter 7.

*Attendance: Regular attendance is required. Good attention spans and disciplined study habits are vital!

*Homework  will be assigned on a daily basis, but will not be collected. It is essential to do it promptly.  Working together in study groups is highly recommended. Maintain a separate notebook of solutions. Write up neat, complete solutions, including reasoning and explanatory sentences. The list of homework problems will be maintained at http://homepages.wmich.edu/~mackey/Teaching/123-Honors/hw123-sp2016.pdf

*Quizzes:  10-minute quizzes will be held throughout the semester, usually on Fridays. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. Makeups for missed quizzes will not in general be given.

*Exams:   Three 50-minute exams will be given on or about Feb 4, Mar 18, Apr 15. In addition, a comprehensive two-hour Final Exam will be held on Wed April 27, 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

*Basic Skills Test: The purpose of this test is to ensure that you are adequately prepared in the basic skills of calculating derivatives and antiderivatives. Students are allowed three attempts to pass this test. The first opportunity will be in class on Thursday 15 January. To pass, your solutions to 9 out of 12 problems must be completely correct. Retakes will be administered outside of class, during the next two weeks. Those who do not pass the test after three attempts will have their final course grade lowered by half a letter grade. Further information, including practise tests, can be found at

*Board Work:  You are asked to form groups of 4, for the purpose of presenting solutions to selected problems each week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These problems will be chosen from a designated set of homework problems. I will randomly select certain groups to present problems. The presenter from each group (a job to be rotated) should come to class somewhat early and put up a solution to the assigned problem on the board. At the start of class, presenters will explain their solutions to the class. If no one from the group is prepared, everyone in the group earns -1. Otherwise, the presenter earns between 0 and 2 points, depending on correctness and clarity.

*Makeups for exams will be permitted only in those cases when a student documents a genuine medical or personal emergency. Makeups for quizzes will generally not be given.


Board Work
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3

Your course grade will be determined by the scale:


*Important Dates: 
          Fri Jan 15: Registration Closes, Last Day to Drop/Add
          Mon Jan 18:  MLK Day, no classes
          Fri Mar 4; Spirit Day, no classes
          Mon Mar 7 through Mar 11: Spring Recess
          Mon Mar 21:  Last day to Withdraw
          Fri Apr 22:  Last day of instruction (for this class)
          Wed Apr 27  12:30 - 2:30pm, Final Exam (for this class)

*Academic Integrity:  You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

* Incompletes: Departmental rules will be followed regarding ``I'' (Incomplete) grades. An ``I'' grade may be assigned only when circumstances beyond the student's control prevent completion of a small segment of the course. Incompletes will not be granted under any circumstances when a student is doing unsatisfactory work; such students are advised to withdraw from the course.

* University e-mail policy:   The only email address to be used for communication between WMU students and faculty and staff is the email address associated with a BroncoNet ID.  Students cannot automatically forward email from this address to other addresses.  Students can access this email account or get instructions for obtaining a BroncoNet ID at GoWMU.wmich.edu.

Niloufer Mackey  (nil.mackey[AT]wmich[DOT]edu)
Last modified: Wed Jan 6 20:29:33 EST 2016

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