Math 102: Single Variable Calculus II

Fall 2007

MWF 9-9:50 AM

Herman Brown 427


Instructor: Ryan Dunning


Contact:  rdunning at rice dot edu

            713-348-2785 (office)

            Herman Brown Hall, office 45 (basement)

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 3-4 P.M. and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 P.M.


Course Description:  The main goals of this course will be to develop and practice more advanced methods of computing integrals, to study sequences and series, and to examine polar coordinates and parametric equations. This represents Chapters 7, 10, and the first sections of 9 in the textbook (see below).


Textbook:  Single Variable Calculus 6e: Early Transcendentals, Edwards and Penney, 6th ed., Prentice Hall.


Grading:  Your final course grade will be 30% homework, two midterm exams at 20% each, and one final exam counting for the remaining 30%. All assessment will be based on your ability to communicate a correct solution and explain your reasoning. It is absolutely essential to write clearly; it is your responsibility to write in a way that tells the graders that you understand the problem and its solution. To this end, they reserve the right to take off points for poor presentation.

Homework:  Weekly homework will be collected at the beginning of the class period on its due date. Assignments will be announced in class and also posted online. Please work with other students in the class when solving the homework problems, but write them up on your own. Homework is not pledged. To receive credit for homework, it must be handed in on time. In case of a legitimate conflict that you know of beforehand, you may see me to make appropriate arrangements. No late homework will be accepted. Instead, your lowest homework score will be dropped. Feel free to use a numeric solver (graphing calculator or Mathematica, etc.) to check your solutions, but be aware that such tools will not be available for your use on the exams. Homework help sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 PM this semester in our classroom, HB 427.

Exams:  All exams will be closed book and closed notes with no calculator. There will be two in-class, fifty-minute midterm exams, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 and Wednesday, November 14. The date and location of the cumulative final exam are yet to be determined. From Prof. Michael Wolf, chair of the mathematics department: "It is the policy of the mathematics department that no final may be given early to accommodate student travel plans. We will not know when the final in this course will be scheduled for some time. Therefore, if you should make plans to travel before the end of final exam period, and it turns out that the final for this course is after your scheduled departure date, you will have to choose between keeping your plans and receiving a zero for the final, or incurring the costs for changing your plans and taking the final at its scheduled time. Thanks for your understanding."

Attendance:  I will do my best to maintain the course web page, but it is vital to attend class. It is your responsibility to stay informed of announcements made in class.

Honor Code:  You are expected to abide by the Rice Honor Code. Please visit and read the Student Handbook. I will remind you of all of the exact rules prior to the first midterm.


Accommodations:  Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.

Homework Assignments