Math 102 - Fall 2009 - Section 001


Dr. Evan Bullock
Office: Herman Brown 408
Phone: x2372

Course Information

Class meets: MWF from 9am-9:50am in HB 227
Office Hours: Thursday from 2pm - 3:30pm and MWF 8:30am-9:00am in HB 408, or by appointment
Help Sessions: TTh from 7pm-9pm, in SS 106 (but different locations on 9/15, 9/22, 11/17, 12/03)
Teaching Assistants: Ryan Scott, Zheng Gan, Darren Ong, Arunima Ray


The textbook for the course is Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (6th Edition) or Stewart's Calculus: Early Transcendentals (6th Edition); from what I can tell, chapters 1-11 of these books are identical and the only difference between the two books is that the latter costs $30 more and has an extra six chapters on multivariable calculus that we won't use for this course (and as far as I know, MATH 212 has never used Stewart). Homeworks will be mostly problems from the textbook and the first homework is due Friday, September 4, so make sure you have access to a book in time to do the first homework.

Course Description

This course is the continuation of MATH 101. The topics include integration by parts, partial fractions, and other methods of integration, infinite sequences and series, Taylor polynomials, tests for convergence, power series, polar coordinates, and parametric curves. See the following detailed (but tentative) schedule for what I plan to cover each day.


Your grade in the class will be based on the following weights:

Midterm 1: Friday, September 25    

Midterm 2: Friday, November 13    

Final Exam: 7:00-10:00pm on Wednesday, December 9



Homeworks will be put up on OWL-Space and are due on Fridays by 3pm (or on Wednesday by 3pm in the two weeks with midterm exams on Friday). You must turn in your assignment to the Math 102 Section 1 inbox on the 2nd floor of Herman Brown (next to HB220). Late homework will not be accepted. However, your lowest homework grade will be dropped before computing your homework average.

Homework solutions should be legible, and each problem should be worked out in detail with the final answer clearly indicated. If you choose to type up your homework solutions on a computer, I would strongly suggest learning to use LaTeχ. You may use a calculator or computer algebra program to assist you on the homework, but you must still write up complete solutions showing all the steps, and you should remember that you will not be able to use calculators at all on the exams.

Please staple your homework and write your name and the assignment on the front page. You are welcome to work together with other students on your homeworks, but your write-up must be your own, and you should write on your homework the names of any other students you worked with.


There will be two in-class midterm exams and one comprehensive final exam. All exams are closed-book and closed notes and are subject to the Rice University Honor Code. You will not be allowed to use a calculator on the exams.

The final exam is scheduled for 7:00-10:00pm on December 9, the first day of exam period.

Disability Support

If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with the Disability Support Services Office in the Allen Center.

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