Montgomery College

Department of Mathematics

Rockville Campus

Math 182 – Calculus 2 – CRN 30152


Professor:  Rick Penn


Office:  30 Science West  (SW)       240-567-5195



Office Hours:   Monday, 3-4 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10-10:50 am; or by appointment


Course description:  A continuation of MA 181; intended primarily for students of the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Further differentiation and integration of transcendental functions. Methods of integration with applications, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, Taylor's formula; infinite series; polar coordinates.


Prerequisites:  A grade of ‘C’ or better in MA181, or equivalent, or consent of department.

Textbook and calculator:    Calculus, Concepts and Contexts, 4th edition by James Stewart.

You are required to bring a graphing calculator to class every day.  The recommended model is the TI-84.  If you have a different graphing calculator, and you know how to use it, that may be acceptable too - check with me.  Note:  by department policy, the TI-89 and TI-92 are not allowed.


Supplemental Materials:  The Math/Science Center, located in the basement of the Macklin Tower, is open

Mon - Thurs: 8 am - 8 pm; Fri: 8 am - 4 pm, and Sat: 10 am - 3 pm.

At the Math/Science Center you can find solutions manuals, books, and free tutors.


Grades:  Your grade will be computed as follows:

Tests:                 4 x 15% =      60%

            Gateways:                                10%    

            homework/quizzes:                  10%

            Final exam:                              20%*

*If it helps your grade, I will replace your lowest test score with the grade you earn on the final exam


If your final average is 90% or higher, you will earn an ‘A’ for the course; 80-89% will earn a ‘B’, 70-79% will earn a ‘C’, 60-69% will earn a ‘D’ and 59% or lower will earn an ‘F’.

I really would love to have everyone earn a passing grade, or better yet an 'A'.  However, the grades that I assign will be those that are earned.   If you "absolutely, positively, must pass this class" to graduate or transfer / for your job / or your dog will run away in shame / etc., please plan your time and effort accordingly now, not after you have dug yourself into too deep a hole.


Homework:  will be assigned regularly, but not all of it will be collected.  That doesn’t mean that the rest of the homework is optional!  The only way to learn this subject is to do it, and the problems are carefully chosen to help you gain the experience that you need. 

Feel free to ask questions in my office hour or at the beginning of class about problems which gave you difficulty – but not until you make a serious effort to solve them. 


Quizzes:  will be given frequently (approximately one per week).  Since we meet only twice each week, you can generally assume that if we don’t have a quiz or test one day, we probably will the next.  These will be short – about 10-15 minutes, and based on recent assignments.  Make up quizzes will not be given.  I will drop your lowest quiz grade, and average the others.


Gateways:  These are quizzes which are graded on an all-or-nothing basis.  If you get at most 1 question wrong, you pass the gateway, and earn the full credit.  If you get more than 1 question wrong, you earn no credit, but may retake the gateway.  You are allowed multiple attempts at each gateway.  As long as you pass any attempt prior to the deadline, you will earn full credit for that gateway.  If, however, you don't pass by the deadline, your grade for that gateway will be a 0.  There will be no partial credit on the gateways, and there will be no credit granted after the deadline for any reason.  More details will be provided in class.


Course Learning Outcomes:  The student learning outcomes associated with this course can be found at


Final Exam:  This will be a cumulative exam.  Please carefully note the date and time when it will be given.


Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Anyone who cheats on any assignment or test will be reported to the Dean of Students, and will be subject to disciplinary actions.  Please make sure that you obtain and read a copy of the Student Handbook which contains the Student Code of Conduct


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I expect that when you come to class, you are doing so with the intention of learning.  I will do my part to make the atmosphere as conducive to learning as possible, and I ask you to do the same.  Feel free to ask questions, or to try to answer questions for other students.  But please help keep the distractions down -  make sure all cell phones, ipods, etc., are turned off before you come into class.  Also, keep conversations unrelated to math to a minimum.  If anyone wants to discuss the state of the world, the college basketball season, or just about anything else, I'd be happy to talk with you about it, just not during class time. 


Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability should make an appointment to see me during my office hour. A letter from Disability Support Services (R-CB122; G-SA175; or TP-ST120) authorizing your accommodations will be needed.


Any student who may need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation must identify him/herself to the Disability Support Services Office; guidelines for emergency evacuations for individuals with disabilities are found at:


If you are a veteran or on active or reserve status and you are interested in information regarding opportunities, programs and/or services, please visit the Combat2College website at and/or contact Joanna Starling at 240-567-7103 or



And, finally…


Please visit regularly the website I run for this class at  It will be updated frequently with important information about this class, including assignments and solutions.  In addition, it contains an expanded version of this syllabus which also includes the college-wide approved course outcomes and objectives for MA182.



Math 182


What follows below is a tentative week-by-week plan for this course.  At the end of each class I will announce which section(s) you should prepare for the following class.  The tests will be given approximately when shown - the exact dates will be announced about a week in advance.  

You should read the assigned sections before they are discussed in class to familiarize yourself with the material, and then again, more carefully, afterward.


Week Of



5.4 -5.6


5.7, Appendix G, 5.8


5.9, 4.5, 5.10


Test 1, 6.1-6.2


6.2, 6.4-6.6


6.6-6.7, Appendix H1


Appendix H2, test 2


Spring Break


7.1 – 7.4


7.5, 8.1 – 8.2


8.2 – 8.3


Test 3, 8.4 – 8.5




8.7 – 8.8


Test 4, review for final

Final Exam:

Monday May 13, 12:30-2:30 pm


Your attendance and active participation in each and every class are expected.  If you miss a class for any reason, you are still responsible for the material covered and any assignments given.  If at all possible, you should contact either me or a fellow student to find out what you missed and what is expected before you return to class – by then it may be too late!


If you know in advance of a conflict with a scheduled test due to a college-recognized reason, I will do my best to arrange with you for an alternate test time before the rest of the class takes the test.  However, no make-up tests will be given once a test is missed.



NOTE:  Math is not a spectator sport.  If you read the book, and follow its examples, but do not work the problems yourself, you probably will not pass the course.  (If you don't read the book, you almost definitely will not pass the course!) .  You should allow 1-2 hours of uninterrupted  time to work on math homework every single night - and expect to spend even more on some nights!

Assignments are expected to be a thought-provoking part of the learning process, and will quite possibly be time consuming - they will not be merely regurgitations of what was said in class.  You are encouraged to work with others in the class; however, when assignments are collected, each person must submit their own work, with the solutions in their own words.  Complete assignments must show all work, including supporting graphs and thorough explanations as needed.