MATH 212 - Calculus II - Roy W. Erickson
|Professor:||Roy W. Erickson|
NEW NOTICE: I want all to know that while the class is officially on campus, and I will be on campus in our classroom at the appointed times, I will ALSO have a camera on me and my 'lecture pad' so in the event you need to stay home you may watch my lectures live. The Zoom sessions will be scheduled in CANVAS under the Zoom tab and they will be recorded and made available within an hour of the lecture's conclusion. I also SCAN AND POST my lecture notes after the lecture has finished and I will post them on my website (to be discussed on or before the first day of class). TESTS are still on campus but spread across classrooms.
I'm Roy Erickson, your instructor for Math 212. Calculus II is my favorite math class to teach. I come from an Aerospace background and I love all things that fly so, for example, if there is a SpaceX launch during class expect us to take a 3 minute break to watch it. My background is varied - I've worked for a national laboratory as a graduate student, an airframer as their manager of computational sciences, and, after peace broke out and the Berlin wall came down, a number of Hollywood studios doing IT consulting work. I have been teaching Math, Physics, Astronomy and Electronics for nearly two decades.
Calculus II further develops the tools of changing phenomena that you were introduced to in Calculus I. We focus on the methods of integration, including their numerical approximation, followed by some applications such as: calculating curve lengths in both Polar and Cartesian coordinates, computing surface areas of rotated curves and finally the calculus of parametric equations. From there we introduce the powerful tool of using infinite series to approximate functions. We study their formation and how to test for their convergence and how to assess their accuracy. We finally wrap up by solving for functions found in basic differential equations - equations that have derivatives of the functions themselves in them. All fun stuff!!! I can’t wait to get into it!
What to Expect in this Course
I rank the workload for Calculus II to be in the top three classes at a community college. That is just the way it is - no matter the instructor, the text, or the learning software. You will use EVERY math technique you have studied to date (that is why you studied them - to be able to perform well in this class). Any math shortcomings you have had along the way will be topped off in Calculus II (you have the great TLC and MESA resources to access for help).
A typical class begins with announcements, answer a few HW questions (if time permits), start the lecture, do some classwork, take a break, give some more lecture, check out some multimedia, finish with some more classwork.
Traditionally in this class expect to allow 2 hours of outside study and HW time for each hour we are in class.
Types of Assessments
I give five hourly exams to be written during class time, on 8.5” x11” white paper and administered on campus (potentially spread across multiple classrooms and/or the testing center). I drop the lowest test score and I lower a test’s total score based on the highest student(s) scores to adjust for test difficulty.
I give homework on two levels. One list (required) is for just getting by. This is for those students that work and have other heavy concurrent classes like physics and/or organic chemistry. Another list (not required, but highly recommended) is for those students that desire to hone their skills and be ready for future advanced math, engineering, and physics classes and who desire to guarantee their performance on the tests. HW is done on white paper and is scanned and uploaded to CANVAS. HW is due on Tuesdays.
I give classwork. These are problems worked on during class time, usually in groups (if desired) but submitted to me individually on the way out the door.
I give a few mini-projects from the text, counted under the HW category but with a heavier weight. Usually about one a month. Maybe two hours each.
And just to make sure we celebrate our fun, I give a mandatory comprehensive two-hour final exam on the last day of class. This is also written on white paper and taken somewhere on campus.
I typically end up with about a fourth to a third of the class getting A’s (50% or more for morning classes full of AoC students - those guys are smart!). Nearly everyone passes. Show up every lecture and give a good honest effort on the HW and you will do fine.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Calculus by James Stewart (8th ed), ISBN 9781285740621 for the hardcover
Other Relevant Course Information
Other Pertinent Info
The main communication tools we will be using in this class include:
- - Face-to-face lectures but a live Zoom feed is also provided and is recorded.
- - Canvas messaging (Emails, video messages, announcements, and comments).
- - Zoom video (simultaneously), and its chat application. Recordings are available in Canvas.
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 08/11/2021 Sub#: 424