Math 107, Calculus II (Biological and Social Sciences)
Spring 2019

Course Information

  • Cristian Gavrus
  • Email:
  • Office: 313 Krieger Hall
  • Office hours: MW 1:00-2:00 pm
  • MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am at Shaffer 302
  • MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am at Shaffer 3
  •  C. Neuhauser, M. Roper   Calculus for Biology and Medicine, 4th edition.

We will cover chapters 7 – 12 of the textbook.


There will be two midterm exams and a final exam:

  • 1st midterm exam: Wednesday, February 27, in class
  • 2nd midterm exam: Wednesday, April 3, in class
  • Final exam:

Exams are closed book, closed notes. There will be no make-up exams. For excused absences, the grade for a missed exam will be calculated based on your performance on all remaining exams. To be excused from an exam, you have to provide documentation and a valid excuse. Unexcused absences count as 0.

Grade Policy:

The course grade will be determined as follows:
  • Homework: 10%
  • 2 Midterm exams: 50% total
  • Final exam: 40%

Homework based on each week's lectures will be posted in the course schedule below. The HW will be handed on stapled sheets of paper during the recitation section to your T.A. (not to me). You will receive your graded homework back from your section teaching assistant the following week. No late homework will be accepted. If you absolutely cannot make it to class, arrange for someone else to hand it in for you. However, you may miss up to two homework assignments without grade penalty, as the lowest two homework scores will be dropped from the final grade calculation.

In order to master the material of the course, it is key that you do your homework. You should make every effort to solve the assigned problems using the concepts learned from the lectures and readings. You will be graded mostly on your ability to work problems on exams. If you have not practiced the techniques within the homework problems, you will have serious difficulties to work problems on exams. You are strongly encouraged to do your homework in groups. However, you must write up your solutions on your own. Copying is not acceptable.

Course Policy:

You are responsible for lecture notes, any course material handed out, and attendance in class. I will not formally record your attendance, but you are encouraged to come to lectures. By attending lectures you will get a sense of what I consider important and that should help you know what to focus on when you study for the exams.

No cell phones and no computers are allowed during the lecture, except for note taking.

Academic Support:

Besides attending the lectures and the recitation sections I encourage you to use the following opportunities for additional academic support:
  • Come to my office hours and to your section's teaching assistant's office hours.
  • Go to the math helproom in Krieger 213. The hours are 9:00-21:00 on Monday through Thursday and 9:00-17:00 on Friday. This free service is a very valuable way to get one-on-one help on the current material of the class from other students outside the course. It is staffed by graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
  • Participate in the PILOT learning program. It is a peer-led-team learning program. Students are organized into study teams consisting of 6-10 members who meet weekly to work problems together. A trained student leader acts as captain and facilitates the meetings.
Check out the following JHU webpage with information about academic support and tutoring.

Special Aid:
Students with disabilities who may need special arrangements within this course must first register with the Office of Academic Advising. I will need to have received confirmation from the Office of Academic Advising. To arrange for testing accomodations please remind me at least 7 days before each of the midterms or final exam by email.

JHU Ethics Statement:

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Cheating is wrong. Cheating hurts our community by undermining academic integrity, creating mistrust, and fostering unfair competition. The university will punish cheaters with failure on an assignment, failure in a course, permanent transcript notation, suspension, and/or expulsion. Offenses may be reported to medical, law, or other professional or graduate schools when a cheater applies.

Violations can include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments without permission, improper use of the internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Ignorance of these rules is not an excuse.

In this course, as in many math courses, working in groups to study particular problems and discuss theory is strongly encouraged. Your ability to talk mathematics is of particular importance to your general understanding of mathematics. You should collaborate with other students in this course on the general construction of homework assignment problems. However, you must write up the solutions to these homework problems individually and separately. If there is any question as to what this statement means, please ask the instructor.


Section #
Office hours

T 1:30-2:20

Latrobe 107

Eric Cochran

ecochra5 (at)

Mondays 2:30-3:30pm in Krieger 207


T 4:30-5:20

Hodson 301

Cassidy Speller

cspelle1 (at)

Thursday 6-7pm


T 3:00-3:50

Hodson 305

Cassidy Speller

cspelle1 (at)

Thursday 6-7pm


Th 1:30-2:20

Latrobe 107

Kalyani Kansal

kkansal2 (at)

2-3 pm on Tuesdays

Course Schedule

Here is a tentative schedule for the course. It will be updated as we go. It is strongly recommended that you read the relevant sections of the textbook before and/or after each lecture.

Topics and Sections
Homework (from the book, 4th edition)


Jan 28, 30,
Feb 1

§7.1 §7.2 §7.4

No homework due 1st week.


Feb 4, 6, 8

§7.4, §8.1

7.1:   3, 6, 16, 22, 32, 43
7.2:   2, 20, 22, 24


Feb 11, 13, 15

§8.1, §8.2, §9.1

7.4:   2, 4, 6, 8, 16, 28, 34
8.1:   2, 6, 14, 18


Feb 18, 20, 22

§9.1, §9.2, §9.3

8.1:   8, 16, 30, 32
8.2:   2, 6, 14, 16, 80, 84
9.1:   10, 12, 20, 22  


Feb 25, 27
Mar 1

§9.3, §9.5
1st midterm on Wednesday in class

9.1:   6, 16, 24, 30, 32
9.2:   2, 14, 22, 28, 32, 42, 44, 46, 54, 62, 66


Mar 4, 6, 8

§9.5, §10.1


Mar 11, 13, 15


Mar 18-24

Spring break

No homework


Mar 25, 27, 29


Apr 1, 3, 5

2nd midterm on Wednesday in class


Apr 8, 10, 12


Apr 15, 17, 19


Apr 22, 24, 26


Apr 29
May 1, 3

Final exam:


Mon, Jan 28: Welcome to Math107. Good luck for this semester.