Math 107, Calculus II (For Biological and Social Sciences), Fall 2017

Instructor: Xudong Zheng

Office: 313 Krieger Hall
Tel: +1-(410)-516-0156

Lectures: MWF 10:00 - 10:50 Levering Arellano
Office Hours: 12:30 - 1:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
Textbook: Calculus for Biology and Medicine (3rd Edition) Claudia Neuhauser, Prentice Hall
Syllabus: pdf.


TA sections:

Midterm 1: in class, Friday, September 29.
Midterm 2: in class, Friday November 3.
Final Exam: TBA.

Brief description: The sequel to 106 Calculus I for the Biological and Social Sciences, this course will continue to develop the tools of calculus. We will start by reviewing and further expanding our ability to compute integrals. From there, we will put our knowledge of calculus to work in solving differential equations, which are ubiquitous in both mathematics and the sciences. We will then take a long detour through linear algebra (the study of systems of linear equations), which in addition to being useful in its own right, will put us in good shape to study systems of differential equations later in the course. We will also spend some time studying functions of many variables and generalize some of the tools of Calculus I to the context of many variables. Finally, we will conclude the class with a study of probability and statistics. One of the most satisfying things about this class will be seeing how the many tools we develop interact with each other. All of the topics we study are essential tools in many subjects in the sciences, and we will make connections to them where possible.

Grade Policy: The following components contribute to your total grades. Grades will be regularly updated in Blackboard.

Missed exams: There will be no make-ups on exams.

Lecture Notes: Hand-written notes will be posted here after each lecture.


Homework: Homework assignments will be posted on the course website regularly. Check the due dates in the syllabus. You are encouraged to do your homework in groups. You are required, however, to write up your homework on your own. There will be five problems from each homework set to be graded. The grades reflect both your analytical and reasoning skills on the graded problems and the completeness of the entire set. Problems marked with an asterisk are challenging, hence not required (5 graded problems will not include any such). Your TA and I will be more than happy to discuss about those challenging problems.

PILOT Learning: A peer-led team learning program that supports our students in the gateway science courses. PILOT Learning has been supporting students at JHU since 2008 and 97% of students would recommend PILOT to others. Students enrolled in PILOT are placed into groups of classmates and lead by a peer leader who has taken the course before and received an A or better. Each PILOT group meets for 2 hours per week for the entire semester to work on problem-sets that compliment homework problems and concepts that are taught in lecture. The peer leader (PILOT Leader) works as a facilitator who helps guide them through the problem but encourages conversations and collaborations from the group to spearhead the problem-solving.

Help Room: 213 Kreiger Hall. The hours are 9am - 9pm on Monday through Thursday, and 9am - 5pm on Friday. This free service is a very valuable way to get one-on-one help on the current material of a class from other students outside the course. It is staffed by graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

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