42 is a 4-credit course in introductory calculus, second in the
sequence of Math 41-42. The class covers provides an
introduction to the study of sequences,
series, and improper integrals and ordinary differential equations. The
syllabus can be found here, and a more detailed breakdown of the schedule and homework can be found at the Course Schedule page.
- Dr. Jorge Acosta
- Chao Li (ACE)
- Weston Ungemach
- Gergely Szucs
You are encouraged to attend the office hours
provided by any of the instructors or teaching assistants,
regardless of which lecture you are enrolled in. No
appointment is necessary, just drop in at the scheduled
office hours with your questions!
The scheduled office hours for any given week can be
found on the Office Hours page. Note that they might
change slightly from week to week so it's always a good
idea to check both the time and location before walking
all the way across campus.
The textbook for this course is Calculus: Single Variable 6th Edition,
by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, McCallum, et al. This course will cover
sections from Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the book.
Most homework exercises and suggested reading are
taken from the book, so you should have a copy. Your
instructor will provide more information about this book
on the first day of classes.
It is not recommended that you use a copy of a
different edition, since the homework problems will come from the 6th
edition and the numbering may be different.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the
lecture they are registerd for. However, we recognize
that schedules can vary week-to-week, so you are invited
to attend whichever lecture works subject to available seating!
Discussion sessions are a great additional resource
we have in Math 42. Held at various times on Tuesdays and Thursdays
this term, they will provide opportunities to
see more guided examples and try your hand at exercises
with a member of the teaching team present. More exposure
to and practice with the material will greatly add to your
Your grade will be based on the following components:
- Homework: 15%
- Midterm Exam 1: 25%
- Midterm Exam 2: 25%
- Final Exam: 35%
There are NO PREDETERMINED NUMERICAL CUTOFFS for letter grades.
There will be weekly homework posted on the homework page.
Your solutions to the assigned homework will be graded and returned to you.
Homework will be due every week on
Wednesday at the beginning of class.
Upon enrollment in the course, all subsequent homework
assignments will count towards your homework grade. Your lowest
homework score dropped from your total score at the end of
Late homework will be accepted only under very exceptional
Your homework must be stapled and have your
first and last name on the front page. Otherwise, you will receive a score of zero on this homework. This is a firm policy.
There will be two EVENING midterm exams and a university scheduled
final exam. Most of the problems on the exams will be similar to the
problems in the weekly homework, but there will always one or two
harder problems. The material covered by each exam is given by the
suggested reading and homework, including the practice problems.
exams for Math 42 this quarter are closed-book, closed-notes, with no
calculators or other electronic aids permitted. Individual exams will
be neither curved nor scaled.
The evening midterm dates are given below; it is your responsibility to verify right now
to you can attend these exams. Please contact your instructor
as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend one of the
midterms. In any case, if you need to reschedule the exam you must do
so no later than two weeks before the exam. The final exam cannot be
rescheduled, per university policy.
If an emergency occurs and you need to miss an exam, contact your instructor as soon as possible.
- Midterm 1: Wednesday, February 1, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
- Midterm 2: Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
For more informaiton, see the Exams page.
If you have an academic or physical disability which
requires academic accommodations, please obtain a
letter from the Office of Accessible Education. Once
you have done so, please let the instructor know as
soon as possible so that proper accommodations can be
If you are involved in a sport which may require you
to travel this quarter, and especially if you will miss
either of the midterms, please let the instructor know as
soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be
made. If you do not let the instructor know at least a
week in advance of a missed exam, you may be denied the
opportunity to take it at an alternate time. You are also
responsible for homework while traveling. You may turn it
in early or arrange to have a friend turn it in for
you. If neither of these work for you, please contact the
instructor to make alternate arrangements.
Extra credit assignments: Occasionally students ask for extra credit in
order to improve their grade. While we can recommend additional
practice problems, we cannot offer them for credit as it would be
unfair to the entire class if only a small number of students were
allowed a chance to improve their grade. If you become worried about
your understanding and grade in the course, please see your instructor
as soon as possible for advice.
- Handing in other
student's papers: Sometimes it is necessary to have a friend hand in a
homework assignment for you. Please note however that if your friend
forgets, hands in the paper late or in the wrong location, then the
late assignment cannot be accepted.
Calculator policy: Calculators are not used in a systematic way in the
Math 19-20-21 sequence. Calculators are not allowed or needed on any of
the exams. Occasionally, homework problems may call for the use of a
scientific or graphing calculator, and it is fine to use them for this