Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MTH 8, Section 1

Spring 2015, LIU Post

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 237. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday 11:00p - 2:00p, Friday 10:00a-10:30a, or by appointment.

Course webpage:


Class Time: Mon/Wed 9:30a-10:50a, Fri 9:00a-9:55a, LS 143

Calculator: A graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89, is required for this course.

Textbook: Calculus by Larson and Edwards, 10th edition, Cengage Learning. ISBN-10 1-285-05709-0, or ISBN-13: 978-1-285-05709-5.
The looseleaf version, hardcover version, and digital version are all acceptable. You do not need to bring the textbook with you to class. Note that the looseleaf version contains a code that gives you a browser-based ebook of the text. The website contains free resources, including videos and interactive examples (some of these require the Mathematica .cdf player, which is not available on all devices).

Grading Scheme:
Homework  30%
Tests 40%
Final Exam 30%

Homework: Homework will be assigned and collected weekly. It is officially due on Fridays (when we will discuss problems in class), but you may turn it in on the following Monday. Homework later than that will not be accepted. Each assignment will be graded out of 10 points, with 2 points being for completeness and 8 for correctness of specific problems. The lowest 2 homework scores will be dropped. It is essential that you spend time practicing the material on your own. I expect that, in addition to attending lectures, you spend at least 6 hours per week working on this class.

Tests: There will be 3 tests during the semester, occurring on Friday 2/13, Friday 3/20, and Friday 4/17. You may use your calculator, but you may not use your notes, phone, tablet, or computer. You can not even use your iPhone as a calculator or clock during the test. If you are absent, you will receive a 0 for that test. At the professor's discretion, make-up tests may be granted for the following reasons: a school-sponsored event (e.g. athletic event), religious holiday, serious illness, or family emergency. In such a case, please inform the professor of the conflict as early as possible.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE and will take place in the regular classroom during the final exam week (most likely) on Wednesday 5/6 from 8:00a - 10:40a.

Extra Credit: The best way to compensate for poor test grades is to complete the homework assignments, attend classes and office hours, and do very well on the final exam.

Help: Help is available from a number of places and people. You are welcome to see Prof. Redden before/after class, in office hours, by appointment, or ask short questions via email. Office hours are times when I will be in my office and available to help you. You do not need to make an appointment to come during those times, but be aware that I will occasionally need to change/cancel office hours due to meetings. There is also free tutoring available in the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. Their hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00a - 6:00p, Friday 9:00a - 1:30p, and no appointment is necessary. You are also encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Email communication: I will periodically send emails to the entire class, so please check your account regularly. I will sometimes email review sheets in pdf format, and I will send an email in the unlikely event that I have to cancel class due to illness. I make an effort to respond to emails in a timely manner, but I am not perfect. If you send me an email and I don't respond within 1.5 working days, please feel free to email me again (e.g. if I don't respond by Tuesday afternoon to an email sent Monday morning, or by Monday evening to an email sent Friday afternoon).

Course Description: This course covers the applications of the definite integral, the calculus of trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions, methods of integration, improper integrals, and infinite series. Pre-requisites: MTH 7 with a grade of C- or better or permission of the Department. (4 credits)

Important Dates:
Jan 20 Classes begin.
Feb 2 Last day to add/drop or late register.
Feb 16 No classes. President's Day.
Feb 13 Test 1
Feb 17 Monday classes meet.
Mar 9-15   Spring recess, no classes.
Mar 20 Test 2
Apr 3 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw.
Apr 17 Test 3
Apr 28Last day of regular classes.
Apr 30Makeup class/Review
May 6Final Exam