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 WebWork assignments, recitation participation, and three exams, according to the following scheme:

Assessment     Percent
Midterm 1     20 %
Midterm 2     20 %
Final     30 %
WebWork     20 %    
Recitation     10 %


There will be two midterm examinations and a final examination. Books, notes, calculators, cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices are not permitted in exams.

As with all graded assignments, you will be expected to complete exams in accordance with the university's academic honesty policy (see below).


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.

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, Timur Akhunov, 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 and will 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 where problems will be solved and students questions will be answered.

Once you are registered for a recitation, you will be expected to attend that particular recitation. If you wish to change recitations permanently, please notify the instructor in charge of recitations, Timur Akhunov, takhunov at ur dot rochester dot edu. Also, CC both the TA of your current recitation as well as the TA of the recitation that you hope to switch into. No switches will be allowed without going through this process.

Registration for recitation is required and not automatic. Attendance and participation in a recitation counts for 10% of your grade in this course.

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the university's academic honesty policy. Make a special note of the following paragraph from the policy:

"Ignorance of these standards will not be considered a valid excuse or defense. If a student is ever in doubt about an issue of academic honesty, or has any hesitation about a contemplated course of action, the student should consult with his or her instructors or with an adviser in the Center for Advising Services. The penalties for academic dishonesty can be very painful and can affect a student's entire educational experience at the University."

Further Suggestions

It is essential not to fall behind because each lecture is based on previous work. You're learning new material, ideas, and skills, so it's natural to have questions throughout the semester. Here are some great places to ask your questions:

  • Start by asking yourself! An important part of the learning process is reflecting and assessing your own understanding of a topic.

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

  • 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 1104 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 CETL study group.

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. Your instructor and TA are also happy to help, so please talk to them as well.