Math 109, Calculus II (Math, Phys. Sci., and Eng.), Fall 2016

Instructor: Xudong Zheng

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

Lectures: MWF 10:00 - 10:50 Mergenthaler 111, 11:00 - 11:50 Remsen 101
Office Hours: 9 - 10 am on Mondays and Wednesdays
Textbook: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Ed. James Stewart
Syllabus: pdf.


TA sections:

Brief description: The goal of MATH 109 is to continue the study of calculus on the real line, which you started in Calculus I, with a focus on integration, the basics of differential equations, as well as sequences and series.

This course covers chapters 7, 9-11 in the textbook.

This course consists of three fifty-minute lectures (each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and a fourth hour of discussion/problem recitation each week. In addition, your instructor and TA will be available during their office hours. In order to successfully complete the course, your active involvement in learning is essential. Therefore, a serious commitment on your part to attend both the lectures and the discussion/problem sessions is a basic requirement of that. The lectures will be conducted as if you have already read the material and attempted some homework problems. Homework problems will be selected entirely from the textbook, but it is not absolutely essential to have the 8th edition since I will post the problem sets as pdf files below. Presumably one can purchase an older edition of the book at a fraction of the price with basically the same study outcome.

Grade Policy: There will be weekly homework sets (20%), 2 in-lecture exams (40%) and a final (40%). There will be NO make-ups on exams. For late homework, it generally will be up to your TA depending on the excuses.

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


Homework: Homework based on the week’s lectures will be posted on the course website sometime prior to the week. That assignment will be due in recitation sections of the following week. There will be 10 homework sets for the semester. You are encouraged to do your homework in groups. You are required, however, to write up your homework on your own. You are welcome to print the homework sheet and attach it to your writings. The goal of these written problems is to help you learn how to write mathematics as you will need to do on the midterms and final exam. Solutions to the written homework will be posted online along with grading rubrics for the problems. 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.

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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