Math 141, Sections 02xx (Rosenberg)
Calculus II, Fall, 2012

Course Description

This course is the second semester in the standard calculus sequence for students majoring in mathematics, engineering, and the physical sciences. The prerequisite is MATH 130, 140 or 140H at UMCP or equivalent advanced placement or transfer credit from elsewhere. Topics include techniques of integration, improper integrals, applications of integration, inverse functions, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series.

Graphing calculators will be used occasionally, and the instructor may give some computer demonstrations with MATLAB to illustrate some topics (though you will not be required to do any programming yourself).

The class meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00am to 11:50am in room 0131 of the Reckord Armory. In addition, you are assigned to a discussion section that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, probably in the Mathematics Building, though section 0241 meets in the Martin Engineering Building. Be sure to check your schedule carefully for the exact time and place, as it will depend on what section you are in. Also note that the mathematics building has both a "floor 0" (ground level) and a "floor B0" (basement level, accessible via the stairs near the EPSL library). Note that exams (except for the final exam) will be held in the MWF lectures, whereas quizzes will be held in the TuTh discussion sections.

Course Help

There is tutoring help available (look for 141 in the table) in the math department and also at OMSE and the Math Success program of Resident Life. You can also look at the brochure of the Math Learning Program for more hints.

To help prepare for the exams, we suggest you look at the testbank of old exams for MATH 141/141H (click on "Search Testbank", select "MATH141" or "MATH141H" in the course selection box and hit "Search").

Still another resource is the large assortment of calculus courses and videos now available on the internet. You can try the Khan Academy or MIT lectures (there are also many other options); just look for a video that matches the topic we are covering in Ellis and Gulick.


The lecturer in this section of MATH 141 is Professor Jonathan Rosenberg. His office is in room 2114 of the Mathematics Building, and his university phone extension is 55166. (Calling from outside the university, call 301-405-5166.) He will hold office hours Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45, and by appointment. He may also be reached by email for "electronic office hours" at any time at

The TAs (teaching assistants) for the course are:

SectionTime and PlaceTA TA emailTA office
02118-9, MTH B0423Changhui Tan jefftan@math.umd.eduMTH 1305, Tel: x59816
02128-9, MTH B0425Chae Clark cclark18@math.umd.eduMTH 2121
02219-10, MTH B0423Changhui Tan jefftan@math.umd.eduMTH 1305, Tel: x59816
02229-10, MTH B0425Chae Clark cclark18@math.umd.eduMTH 2121
023110-11, MTH B0423Meagan Magnoni mmagnoni@umd.eduCSS 4326
024111-12, EGR 0108Meagan Magnoni mmagnoni@umd.eduCSS 4326
025112-1, MTH 0305Alexey Stepanov alex314@umd.eduMTH 4423
02611-2, MTH 0305Alexey Stepanov alex314@umd.eduMTH 4423

Course Evaluation

We are asking for your help with on-line course evaluation. Please provide feedback on the course and the professor between Mon., Nov. 26 and Wed., Dec. 12. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to faculty or TAs until next semester, so they cannot possibly affect your grade.

Textbook and other Materials

The textbook is:

  1. [EG] Calculus, Sixth Edition by R. Ellis and D. Gulick, Cengage, originally published 2003. This book is available in several different versions, with ISBN numbers 9780759313798, 9781133436751, 9781133348993, and 9781133689584. You only need one of these; the basic text is the same in all of them! Available at the University Book Center or at Maryland Book Exchange or at BookHolders.
  2. The [EG] solutions manual (ISBN 9780759331778) is optional.
  3. Webassign access is required. To log in, go to the UMD webassign login page and provide your University directory username and password. If prompted for it, you might need your University ID number (UID) (a 9-digit number usually starting with 10); your institution code is umd. Eventually you will have to pay the access fee, but don't do this until you are sure that you are not going to switch sections, so that you don't have to do this twice. It is easiest to pay over the internet by credit card, but you can also purchase an access code at the University Book Center.
  4. There is a handout on complex numbers, as well as a short summary on this subject.
  5. Programs for your calculator are available on the course page for 141.

Course Requirements, Grading Policy

The maximum possible number of points you can score in this course is 800. Your final grade will depend upon the total points you score on homework, quizzes, four one-hour exams, and the final exam, distributed as follows:

Category Total Points
Webassign Homework 100
Quizzes (based on E&G problems) 100
Four One-Hour Exams 400
Final Exam 200

Early warning grades will be submitted on or around October 18, on the basis of the first few quizzes and webassign assignments and Exams #1 and #2. They have no significance other than to give you an idea of how you are doing in the course, and do not become part of your permanent record.

Important PS: Students often ask me if I "grade on a curve". I think most of those who ask the question don't quite realize where this terminology comes from --- it refers to adjusting the grading scale according to the normal distribution curve, and thus giving the same number of A's as F's and the same number of B's as D's. The answer is "no"; I don't do this. However, if the question is reformulated to mean "do I take class performance into account in assigning grades, rather than giving an A for 90 and up, a B for 80-89, etc., regardless of how hard the exams are?", then the answer is "yes". The conversion of numerical scores to letter grades is based on a scale that will be calibrated according to performance on the common final exam taken by all MATH 141 students. This seems to be the fairest system and guarantees that a particular grade in my section means the same thing as the same grade in another professor's section. When someone's numerical score is close to the borderline between two letter grades, I reserve the right to adjust the grade (by at most a half a grade step) based on other factors such as class participation, whether or not the student showed improvement during the semester, etc.

⇒ Schedule of Classes, Exams, and Homework Assignments

Academic Integrity

The University of Maryland has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit here. You are asked to sign the campus Honor Pledge on all your quizzes and exams.

The four in-class exams and the final exam are considered to be Major Grading Events (in the terminology of the Student Attendance Policy). The instructor will adhere strictly to the official university policy on makeup exams. Makeups will only be given for legitimately excused, documented absences. Moreover, foreseeable absences (such as those resulting from religious holidays or participation in university-sponsored sporting events) must be documented prior to the date of the exam that will be missed.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Students with any sort of disability should contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) office, located in Shoemaker Building. They will keep your discussions with them confidential. Under appropriate circumstances, they can make accommodations for taking tests at DSS, with extra time as they indicate. If this applies to you, you are responsible for contacting the instructor well in advance of each exam, and submitting any necessary paperwork.

Snow Days

In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies affecting the campus area, classes and exams will be held unless the campus is officially closed. You can check the campus web page or call 301-405-SNOW for snow closure information. Should any classes or exams be cancelled, please check the class schedule page for updated schedule information.

Copyright Notice

The class lectures and materials are copyrighted. You are encouraged to take notes for your own personal use and to share them with classmates, but sale of class notes is not permitted.