Math 142, Calculus II
Course Information

Course Schedule
Math 142 WebWork page


Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th edition, by James Stewart  

Course Description

Math 142 continues the development of the calculus started in Math 141. We will start where Math 141 left off by discussing applications of first and second derivatives to curve sketching, followed by optimization word problems. We will then discuss integral calculus, which is an important tool for applications to all parts of the natural sciences, engineering and economics. The basic concept of an integral will be introduced and used to find areas, volumes, work, average values, and arc length.

Once the basic ideas are in place, we will cover techniques of integration, such as u-substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, the method of partial fractions, and improper integrals. Throughout the course, applications of these techniques to problems from other disciplines will be discussed. For more information, please refer to the course catalog description.

Grading Policy

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on the three exams and on WebWork assignments, according to the following scheme:

Assessment     Percent
Midterm 1     20 %
Midterm 2     20 %
Final     40 %
WebWork     20 %    
The final will have two parts. The first part of the final can replace a bad midterm score.


There will be two midterm examinations and a final examination. You are allowed to bring one sheet of notes to the exams, and you can write on both sides. Books, calculators, cell phones, iPods, Google Glass and other electronic devices are not permitted in exams.


Homework comes in two forms. One form consists of WebWork exercises. WebWork is an on-line homework system which provides instant feedback. When you have done a WebWork exercise correctly, your credit for the problem is immediately recorded in the database. You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students. However, WebWork exercises are individualized for each student, so you must do your own assignment. There will be a WeBWork assignment posted for each topic covered. You will have approximately one week to complete each WebWork assignment, but it is your responsibility to note when each assignment is due. The due dates will be included in the WebWork system. Generally, assignments will be due Saturdays at 6:00am, and answers will be visible on the following Monday at 6:00pm.

To access WebWork, click here. Your login name should be the same as your U of R e-mail user ID, (i.e. the first part of your Rochester e-mail address), and your password should be your student ID number. You can change your password after you log in. If you cannot log in to WebWork, please email the following information to your instructor, who will set up an account for you: (1) your full name, your Rochester email address, and your student ID number, and (2) the course number, your instructor's name, and the times the class meets (e.g., Math 142, Yoonbok Lee, MWF 9:00-9:50 am). Your instructor will set up the account for you and contact you when it is activated. Problem set 0 will give you an introduction to using WebWork but will not count towards your grade. If you experience any difficulty with WebWork, you should contact either your instructor or your TA immediately.

The other form of homework consists of supplementary exercises that are listed in the course schedule. These exercises do not contribute directly to your total grade, but they will be discussed in recitation and similar exercises will undoubtedly appear on quizzes and exams. It is important to do both the WebWork and the supplementary exercises.


There will be a weekly recitation devoted to problem solving, answering questions, and practice on worksheets. Attendance is not required, but we strongly recommend that you attend. Usually the strongest students go to recitations, since they know that the more exposure they get to the material, the better.

Further Suggestions

It is essential not to fall behind because each lecture is based on previous work. If you are having trouble with some material, seek help in the following ways:

  • Ask your instructor, either in class, during office hours (see the main course webpage for your instructor's office hours), or privately.

  • Ask your TA in recitation. All TA office hours are open to all Math 142 students (see the main course webpage for a list of all TA office hours).

  • Go to the Math Study Hall in Hylan 1106B Monday-Friday 5-8 p.m. Math graduate students are waiting to help you and answer your questions on a walk-in basis.

  • Join a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) study group.

  • Work with your classmates. This is always a good idea.

If you are having any difficulties, seek help immediately. Do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind, or failing to understand a concept.

Finally, if you have a learning disability, please contact CETL for disability support.