MA 124 Calculus II --- Fall 2017

This course is the second half of the one-year sequence in calculus. We study the theory and applications of integration, sequences, series, and some results about differential equations.

We review the material in Chapter 5 of the text, and we cover most of the material in Chapters 6-9 of the text.

Textbook and on-line homework system: We will be using an on-line homework system called "My Math Lab" (or MML). You MUST purchase access to this system in order to do the homework and receive course announcements and other information. Access to MML comes with an electronic version of the written text (Calculus, Early Transcendentals, Second Edition, Briggs and Cochran). Paperback versions of the text are available for purchase if you like. To save money, you can consider buying an older version of the textbook as the changes from the first to second edition are minor and do not affect the homework for the course.

How to purchase MML access: You can purchase access to MML through the BU bookstore or directly from MyMathLab ( Some important points:

All students must be registered for the Thursday evening A section. The Thursday 6:30-8:30pm time slot is the time slot that you must reserve for the MA 124 midterm exams. There will be two midterm exams during the semester---one on October 19 and one on November 16. Consequently, the Thursday A Section will only meet twice during the semester.

There will also be a final exam administered one evening 6:00-8:00 pm during finals week. Please make sure that your travel plans accommodate this final exam; it could be as late as Wednesday Dec 20, 6-8pm.

Lecture Sections: These sections are the weekly lectures (3 hours/week). All students must be registered for one of the following sections.

Discussion Sections: These sections are the "studio-style" discussion sections. All students must be registered for one of the following B sections. Attendance in discussion section is mandatory.

During discussion section, you will work collaboratively with your classmates on a worksheet based on the material taught in the previous week of lectures. There will also be a quiz administered in each discussion section.

Course web page: Most course materials and the on-line homework assignments will be available at Your course ID on MyMathLab will be distributed by the start of the semester.

Your exam grades and quiz grades will be available on the Blackboard web site for this course. A link to that site will be available on the MyMathLab site.

Exams: There will be two midterms and one final exam. The exam schedule is as follows:

Midterm 1 Oct 19 6:30pm-8:30pm
Midterm 2 Nov 16 6:30pm-8:30pm
Final TBD 6:00pm-8:00pm (NOT 6:30pm-8:30pm!)

Note that the midterms are not during class time, but on two Thursday evenings from 6:30pm--8:30pm. You must make sure you that you have no conflicts during these times as make-ups exams will not given in this course.

Quiz: There will be a weekly quiz given at the end of each discussion section.

Grading: Your grade for the course will be determined using the following percentages:

Each midterm exam 20%
Final exam 30%
Quiz grade 15%
Homework grade 10%
Lecturer's discretion 5%