Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MTH 8, Section 1

Spring 2016, LIU Post

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

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p, or by appointment.

Course webpage:


Class Time: Mon/Wed 9:30a-10:50a, Fri 9:30a-10:25a, PH 302

Calculator: It is recommended that you have a graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89. We will sometimes use the free program Desmos, which can be run through a browser or stand-alone app on mobile devices. See or your app store for download options. (In particular, you can use this program to draw slope fields.) On the final exam, however, you will not be allowed to use a phone, computer, or any other device that is not strictly a calculator.

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.

Grading Scheme:
Homework  15%
Quizzes 50%
Final Exam 35%

Homework: Homework is mandatory, though starred (*) problems indicate optional extra credit. You may work with others, but each each person should independently and neatly write up their own solutions that include all supporting work. You may show me your homework in person, or you can turn it in digitally by uploading photos or a scan of the homework via the website; the password is "hw". If you turn in your homework digitally, please write the following information at the top of each page: your last name, the assignment letter, and the page number for your homework (e.g. "Redden HW b p.2"). Each homework assignment will be graded out of a possible 10 points according to the following rubric:

10 - Good effort, work shown, mostly correct and complete
7 - Good effort and work, but missing several problems or containing many errors
5 - Good effort but incomplete, or mostly complete with little work shown
2 - Assignment mostly incomplete
Homework will be due by 11:59p of its due date. Homework that is less than one week late will be given half-credit, and homework more than one week late will not be accepted. There will be 13 homework assignments, and the lowest 1 homework score will be dropped.

Quizzes: There will be regular in-class quizzes throughout the semester, usually occurring on Wednesdays. If you are absent, you will receive a 0 for that quiz. The lowest 2 quiz scores will be dropped. 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 5/4 from 8:00a - 10:40a.

Extra Credit: Most homework assignments will also include an optional extra credit problem that will improve your Quiz grade. If you do these problems on your homework, please clearly mark them.

Cancelation: If class is officially canceled, we will resume the schedule at the first day missed.

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 PH 201. Their hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30a - 5:00p, 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 19 Classes begin.
Feb 1 Last day to add/drop or late register.
Feb 15 No classes. President's Day.
Feb 16 Monday classes meet.
Mar 7-11   Spring recess, no classes.
Apr 1 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw.
Apr 26Last day of regular classes.
Apr 28Snow day makeup class
May 4Final Exam