Math 172 (Section 200) -- Spring 2012

Honors Calculus

Tuesday & Thursday 2:20-3:35, BLOC 161
Wednesday 3:00-3:50, BLOC 106

Quick Links:

WebAssign On-line Homework:

Written Homework:

Additional Homework from Stewart:

Math Department Math 172 Web Page:

Help Sessions:

Week in Review:

Sample Exams:

Final Exam, Monday, May 7 (1:00-3:00 PM, BLOC 161)

Exam 3, Thursday, April 19 (in class) Solution Key

Exam 2, Thursday, March 8 (in class) Solution Key

Exam 1, Tuesday, February 14 (in class) Solution Key

Course Description:

This is a second semester course in calculus, which covers in depth integration, applications of integration, and sequences and series. Specific topics include advanced techniques of integration, volume, area, and arc length computations, first-order linear differential equations, sequences, series, power series, and Taylor series of functions. A complete course description is available at Math 172 Course Description, a complete schedule of topics is available at Math 172 Weekly Schedule, and our detailed weekly syllabus can be found below.

Course Information:

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Papanikolas

Office Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 10:45-11:45; also by appointment

Office: 321 Milner


Textbook: The required textbook is Calculus, Early Vectors, by James Stewart, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 1999, ISBN 0-534-49348-3.

Course Syllabus: The course covers most of chapters 6-10. See below for a detailed weekly syllabus.

Recitations: Wednesdays will usually be used to answer questions on course material and homework and to cover additional examples. Quizzes will also be given on Wednesdays.

Calculators: Use of calculators on homework is perfectly acceptable. However, calculators will not be permitted on exams.

Prerequisites: Calculus I: Math 151, Math 171, or equivalent.

Course Webpage:

Department Webpage: The department's page on Math 172 is available here.


WebAssign On-line Homework: There will be weekly on-line homework assignments on WebAssign, which are a required part of the class. No late homework will be accepted for any reason (other than a university approved excuse). However, the three lowest homework scores will be dropped at the end of the semester before computing your WebAssign average. For more information regarding online homework visit

Weekly Written Assignments: Every week there will be a written assignment of several problems from Stewart, which will be turned in for a grade. The problem sets can be found here. Late homework will not be accepted for any reason (other than a university approved excuse), but I will drop the lowest two assignments at the end of the semester before computing your average.

Additional Problems from Stewart: These problems are highly recommended for students to study course material more thoroughly and to see additional types problems that may be on exams. These problems can be found here: These problems will not be turned in for a grade.


There will be a quiz during recitation sections approximately every week. Missed quizzes cannot be made up, except as allowed by university policies on missed work (see below). Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Exam Schedule:

There will be 3 in-class exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below.

Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3

Final Exam


Feb. 14 (Tue.)

Mar. 8 (Th.)

Apr. 19 (Th.)

May 7 (Mon.)
1:00-3:00 PM


BLOC 161

BLOC 161

BLOC 161

BLOC 161


Your final course grade will be determined by your performance on on-line homework, quizzes, and exams. The contribution of these items toward your grade are as follows:



On-line Homework


Written Homework




Exam 1


Exam 2


Exam 3


Final Exam


The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades:


Percentage of Total Points











Help Sessions:

This semester Help Sessions for Math 152/172 are available five nights per week at the following times and locations:
    Sun.-Thurs., 8-10pm, BLOC 166
Please stop by if you have questions about homework or course material. Also see for additional information.

Detailed Syllabus:

We will use the following schedule for lectures, covering material out of the given sections of Stewart. We will adhere to this schedule as closely as possible, though changes may be necessary as the semester progresses.

Week 1 (1/17, 1/19): Sections 6.1-6.5
Week 2 (1/24, 1/26): Sections 6.6, 7.1-7.2
Week 3 (1/31, 2/2): Sections 7.3-7.5
Week 4 (2/7, 2/9): Sections 8.1-8.4
Week 5 (2/14, 2/16): Section 8.8; Exam 1 on Tue. 2/14
Week 6 (2/21, 2/23): Sections 8.9, 9.1-9.2
Week 7 (2/28, 3/1): Sections 9.3-9.5
Week 8 (3/6, 3/8): Section 10.1; Exam 2 on Th. 3/8
Week 9 (3/20, 3/22): Sections 10.1-10.2
Week 10 (3/27, 3/29): Sections 10.3-10.4
Week 11 (4/3, 4/5): Sections 10.5-10.6
Week 12 (4/10, 4/12): Sections 10.7, 10.9
Week 13 (4/17, 4/19): Section 10.8; Exam 3 on Th. 4/19
Week 14 (4/24, 4/26): Finish up Chapter 10 and Review.
Mon., 5/7, 1:00-3:00 PM: Final Exam

Course Policies:

Missed Work: Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work.

Academic Dishonesty: "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do." It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your write-ups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. Please see the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web at

Disability Assistance: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services in Cain Hall, Room B118, or call 845-1637. Students seeking speical considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance of the exam. For more information, visit

Copyright Information: All printed handouts and web materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission of the instructor.

Contact Information: Course announcements may occasionally be made via e-mail (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets). Students should regularly check their neo e-mail accounts.

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