- Semester: Spring 2017
- Title: Calculus II
- MA 126-102
- Mon/Wed/Fri 9:05am-9:55am
- Thu 9:30am-10:20am
- Mon/Wed/Fri in ILB 430
- Thu in ILB 360
- Office Hours in ILB 314
- Mon/Wed/Fri 9:55am-10:55am
- Tue 12:20pm-1:50pm
- Thu 10:20am-11:50am
This course expands upon the concepts of limits, derivatives, and integrals introduced in Calculus 1. In addition to developing advanced techniques for computing and applying integrals, the ultimate goal of the course is to introduce the power series, an “infinite polynomial” which can be used to express a wide class of differentiable functions.
This course uses elements of a flipped classroom and team-based learning. Students will complete a survey that will place them into appropriate Teams at the start of the semester, and watch online lectures to introduce the material. Teams will work together throughout the semester to master this material, with the support of the instructor.
Textbook and Resources
All material for this course is available at no cost at prof.clontz.org/resources/calculus-2. Students are welcome to use University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (3rd Ed) or any other textbook as a supplemental resource, but it is not required and no homework from this text will be assigned.
Classwork will be shown on a projector, but students may wish to print the classwork from the website to bring to class, or bring a phone/tablet/laptop to pull up materials during class.
Teams of 5-6 students will be formed using based upon an online survey. These Teams will collaborate throughout the semester, working together to master the course material. Failure by a student to complete this survey will result in a deduction in that student’s Participation Grade.
The class calendar outlines the sections of online lectures that students will be responsible for viewing in preparation for class. Participation in this preparation and in class will be assessed through three mechanisms.
Students will be given an Individual Readiness Quiz of multiple-choice questions to check their understanding of the online lectures. Responses to these IRQs are accumulated at the end of the semester, with correct responses worth 4 points, and all other responses worth 2 points.
Immediately following the IRQ (before solutions are revealed), each Team will come together to take an identical Team Readiness Quiz, discussing each member’s choices and agreeing on a solution. These responses are immediately revealed as correct or incorrect, and the Team will keep guessing until the correct answer is found. Responses to these TRQs are accumulated at the end of the semester, scoring 4 points for each correct first guess, 2 points for each correct second guess, and 1 point for each correct third guess. All Team members will share the same TRQ grade.
Following the TRQ, Teams will collaborate on review exercises for additional practice. The instructor will be available to answer questions and provide guidance during this time.
Occasionally during the semester, students will be asked to complete a Peer Evaulation Survey to assess the participation of their Teammates. The results of the final PES (given during the last two weeks of class) will be used by the instructor to assign a grade between 50% and 100%, where 50% represents consistently poor peer reviews, 85% represents average peer reviews, and 100% represents consistently excellent peer reviews. Failure by a student to complete a PES will result in a deduction in that student’s Participation Grade.
Each student’s Participation Grade is the average of their percentage of IRQ points earned, their Team’s percentage of TRQ points earned, and their grade earned from the PES.
The main goal of this course is for students to master the Core Standards for this course. Students should also attempt to master as many of the Supplemental Standards for this course as possible. A list of these standards is available on the Standards page.
A student may demonstrate mastery of a Core or Supplemental Standard either during a Standard Assessment or in office hours.
- Standard Assessments will be given to students throughout the semester,
as scheduled on the course calendar. Students will complete
these assessments individually.
Each question is based on Core or Supplemental Standard. Each response
will be assigned one of the following marks:
- ✓: The response is demonstrates complete understanding of the Standard.
- ★: The response may indicate full understanding of the Standard, but clarification or minor corrections are required.
- ×: The response does not demonstrate complete understanding of the Standard.
- ?: The student was absent.
- Students may replace a ★ mark with a ✓ mark by making the appropriate clarifications or corrections and showing the revised problem to the instructor during office hours. This must be done within one week of the return of the marked Assessment.
- Students may attempt to replace a ★ or × mark with a ✓ mark by working a similar problem chosen by the instructor during office hours on a whiteboard. This must be done within four weeks of the return of the marked Assessment. Students are limited to a total of three such attempts per week (for all Standards, not each). The instructor may require appointments for such attempts to be made in advance or may require an attempt be rescheduled.
- Students may attempt to replace a ? mark with a ✓ mark as described above for a × mark, but only if the instructor is provided acceptable documentation excusing the absence.
A Core Standard is considered Partially Mastered by a student who has received one ✓ mark, and Mastered by a student who has received two ✓ marks. Each Core Standard will appear three times on the written Standard Assessments.
A Supplemental Standard is considered Mastered by a student who has received one ✓ mark. Each Supplemental Standard will appear two times on the written Standard Assessments.
Students who have Mastered 12/16 of the Core Standards and 13/16 Supplemental Standards after Standard Assessment 7 will be given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the remaining three Core Standards in office hours, including those standards that haven’t appeared yet on a Standard Assessment.
All marks are considered final as of the last scheduled day of classes for the semester, with one exception. A Final Standard Assessment will be given during the university’s scheduled Final Exam period for the course. Standards that have not yet been assessed will be on this exam, and each student will be given the opportunity to choose the other Standards that will appear (up to a maximum of 15 exercises). Since there’s no opportunity for revisions after the final exam, three ★ marks will be automatically converted to ✓ marks.
Grades in this course are determined based on participation and mastery of the Core and Supplemental Standards as follows. All criteria must be met by a student to receive each grade.
- 16/16 of Core Standards are Partially Mastered or Mastered
- At least 13/16 of Core Standards are Mastered
- At least 13/17 of Supplemental Standards are Mastered
- Participation Grade is at least 80%
- At least 14/16 of Core Standards are Partially Mastered or Mastered
- At least 10/16 of Core Standards are Mastered
- At least 10/17 of Supplemental Standards are Mastered
- Participation Grade is at least 70%
- At least 12/16 of Core Standards are Partially Mastered or Mastered
- At least 8/16 of Core Standards are Mastered
- At least 8/17 of Supplemental Standards are Mastered
- Participation Grade is at least 60%
- At least 10/16 of Core Standards are Partially Mastered or Mastered
Student data will be stored on the instructor’s Google Drive provided by the University. Students who want electronic access to their personal data for this course must sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing that progress reports containing their personal data may be shared to their Google Drive provided by the University, and that student data may also be communicated via JagMail. Students who do not sign this agreement may only access their data by visiting the instructor during office hours.
Any violations of academic honesty will be reported to the University and will result in automatic and immediate failure of the course. Refer to South’s Additional Academic Course Policies for more information.
The official syllabus for this course is hosted on USAOnline. South’s Additional Academic Course Policies also apply to this course. Students are asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding acknowledging that they have read and understood these policies.