MATH 102: Calculus 2
Mathematics Department, Bryn Mawr College, Spring 2009
Professor Victor Donnay
Professor: Victor Donnay 
Class Meeting: Mon, Wed, Friday 10 – 11am 
Office: Park Science Building #330 
Office Hours: Mon, Wed*, Frid
2:304pm * on a few Wed the time will need
to be changed to accommodate Dept Meetings 
Phone: 5265352, Email: vdonnay 
and by appointment at
other times. 


All information about the course can be found at the Math
102 website located on Prof. Donnay’s homepage:
http://www.brynmawr.edu/math/people/donnay
Required Textbook: Calculus, 6th Edition, by James
Stewart.
Recommended Supplement:
The student solutions manual contains worked out solutions for all even
problems in the textbook. The
solutions manual for our textbook has ISBN 0495012343. Stewart has written several different
calculus textbooks, each of which appears in several different editions, so
please check the ISBN before making a purchase. Copies of the solution manual
will be available at the Reserve Readings collection in Collier Science Library
(not there quite yet)
Help Sessions: There
will be several help sessions per week with our undergraduate TA
Bethany Azuma. Time/Place tba.
Content Goals of the Course: In this
course, you will:
Process Goals of the Course: In this
course, you will
We will cover the following material
from Stewart. Sections in () indicate material that will be covered briefly or
might be omitted.
Other material might be included as
time permits.
Learning Theory:
A common misconception in the United
States is that only a gifted few people can do mathematics successfully; “you
either have it (the ability to mathematics) or you don’t”. The reality, as demonstrated by
educational studies of student learning, is that the majority of learners can
reach a reasonable level of mathematical competency providing they work hard at
it. Another misconception is that one’s intellectual ability is fixed from a
young age onward. Research in neuroscience shows that people’s brains continue
to develop throughout life; the brain makes 20,000 new neural connections per
day. Thus, by appropriate training,
one can actually “get smarter”.
My goal is to have all students in this
course be successful in mathematics and to help you become smarter at the end
of the course than you were at the beginning. This will require hard work and
facing new challenges that will stretch your thinking. Learning new ideas and
becoming fluent in applying them takes time and can involves periods of
frustration. If you have this experience, do not worry; it is normal.
Course Components:
Classroom:
During class, there will be a mixture
of lecturing by the professor and time spent by the students working out
problems and discussing their results in groups. Research has shown that this
type of active participation, in which one explains one’s reasoning as well as
thinks about others’ explanations, leads to improved learning. Explaining your
reasoning requires a different and higher level of thinking skill than does
simply doing the problem.
The group work does not go well when
members of the group are absent. Therefore it is important that you attend class.
Please be respectful of your fellow students.
If you decide to take this course, you
must commit to attending class regularly.
Homework:
a. There will be homework related to
each class session coming from the textbook: practice problems and assigned
exercises. The assigned problems
will be collected once a week on Mondays. Even though the homework will only be
collected weekly, you should do part of the homework after each class. Out of respect for the time and effort
of the graders, late work will not be
accepted unless there is a special situation (ex. serious medical problem)
and you get my permission ahead of time.
b. To make the time we spend working in
groups most effective, you will have some short assignments that will need to
be completed by the following class period so that you can share your work with
your group.
The best way to learn mathematics is by
doing lots of problems. Do not limit yourself to just doing the assigned
problems that you are required to hand in. You should do some problems after
each class. This way, the next lecture will make a lot more sense. Do not wait
till the last minute and do all the problems at once. You will have much more
trouble understanding the lectures and will therefore be using your time
inefficiently.
To help you be aware of the time you
are spending on the homework and how your are distributing the time over the
course of the week, you will turn in a time log with
each homework assignment which states the number of hours you spent studying
Calculus and working on the homework that week.
I encourage you to work together with
other students to solve the homework. However, the work you hand in must be
your own (i.e. you may not simply copy the answer from someone else).
Connections:
A major goal of the course is for you
to see how mathematics is related to things you are interested in. To this end,
we will have a “Connections” component to the course:
Computer Component:
Technology plays an increasingly important role in our world. To prepare
you to make use of the basic technology tools related to mathematics and the
sciences, you will learn the basics of the computer system Mathematica.
Many of you have used graphing calculators in high school. Mathematica
is a step up the technology ladder from graphing calculators.
To help you learn how to
use Mathematica, there will be regular computerbased
assignments. Math majors will be available in the Mathematics Computer Lab
(Park Sciences 354) at a variety of times to assist you in completing these
assignments.
At times, I will be using Mathematica during our classes to illustrate material we
are covering.
Tests: There
will be two selfscheduled midterm exams and a final exam. Tentative dates:

1^{st} Midterm: week of Feb 23
– 27th

2^{nd} Midterm: week of April
6^{th} – 10th
Final grades will be determined using the following
percentages:
Homework and Computer Assignments 
20% 
Midterm Exam 1 
20% 
Midterm Exam 2 
20% 
Connections Project 
15% 
Final Exam 
25% 
Total 
100% 