Course Guidelines

Calculus II

University of Puget Sound

Math 181B

Spring 2021

Dr. Beezer


We will be using Calculus, Fourth Edition, by Jon Rogawski, Colin Adams, and Robert Franzosa as our textbook.

Course Web Page

Off of you can find the link to the course web page.

Office Hours

Office Hours will be online, via Zoom, by appointment. Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings I am in class, and the remainder of weekdays I should be available. Making appointments or simple, non-mathematical questions can be handled via email—my address is I rarely do not receive your email, and I read all of my email all of the time, usually very shortly after receiving it. Urgency of replying varies by the hour, day and nature of the message. Please do not use email for any question that requires a mathematical reply. Email is not a good medium for discussing mathematics.

Class Preparation

I expect that you will have read the relevant section of the textbook prior to class. You can see on the calendar which section we will be discussing each day, so there is no uncertainty about the day's topics. To this end there will a few of the easier WeBWorK exercises included in each set related to the reading.


We will work problems in WeBWorK, an online system. These will be due at 6:00 AM on the mornings when we are scheduled to begin the next section. I will demonstrate the system in class and you can find a link on the course page. Your total percentage correct for each of four intervals (prior to each exam) will be equally weighted to form your score on this part of the course. These problems cannot be accepted late.

It is your responsibility to be certain that you are learning from the homework exercises. The best ways to do this are to work the problems diligently, start studying them early, and participate in classroom discussions. If at this point you are still unsure about a problem, then a visit to my (virtual) office is in order, since you are obviously not prepared for the examination questions. Making a consistent effort outside of the classroom is the easiest way (only way?) to do well in this course.

Mathematics not only demands straight thinking, it grants the student the satisfaction of knowing when he [or she] is thinking straight.

―D. Jackson

Mathematics is not a spectator sport.


I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

―Chinese Proverb

An education is not received. It is achieved.


WeBWorK information:


There will be four 50-minute timed exams—they are all listed on the tentative schedule. There will be a comprehensive final exam, but a time has not been set by the Registrar. The final exam cannot be given at any other time and also be aware that I may allow you to work longer on the final exam than just the two-hour scheduled block of time. In other words, plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

Come to examinations prepared to remain in the room for the entire length of the exam. Power off any electronic devices (this includes phones).


Grades will be based on the following breakdown:

Attendance and improvement will be considered for borderline grades. Scores will be posted anonymously on the web at a link off the course page.

Academic Policy Reminders

Here are three reminders about important academic policies which are described thoroughly in the “Academic Policies” section of the University Bulletin. The online version is off of

or a printed copy may be requested from the Registrar's Office (basement of Jones Hall).


One of the goals of your college education is to progress to becoming an independent scholar. To this end, you will be given a great deal of freedom in how you choose to learn calculus. Of course, with freedom comes responsibility. Read the book before the lectures, work the exercises diligently, tidy up your class notes each evening, and ask questions. Arriving late to class, or having conversations with others during class, not only disrupts your peers, but tells me you are not serious about your education. Our class is small enough that I will notice when you are not here, and again this will be another way that you signal me about your commitment to the endeavor.

Calculus is one of the most amazing intellectual developments of the past several hundred years and is responsible in large part for many of the advances in science, technology and engineering that we take for granted today. Your commitment to this course will be rewarded, and your inattention will be a waste of your tuition and a waste of your time.


Virtual: Please find a quiet place with a good connection to attend online sessions, so that we might better have questions and discussions. I appreciate it if you can leave your camera on—please contact me privately if this is a problem. Please do not use chat to ask questions, or to talk to one another. You can use chat to be recognized with a question, or simply hold up your physical hand close to your camera.

In-Person: Daily attendance is required, expected, and overall a pretty good idea. Class will begin on-time, so be here, settled-in, and ready to go. In other words, walking in the door at the exact time class is to begin is not considered being on-time. Repeated tardieness and absences will result in grade penalties, in accordance with university policies. Do not leave class during the lecture unless remaining would be a greater distraction—fill your water bottles, use the toilet, and so on, IN ADVANCE. Come to class prepared to be attentive for 50 minutes. Mask-wearing is required at all times. Do not bring food or drink since you would need to remove your mask to consume it. Please keep phones in your pocket or bag, unless you are using them to read course material. In short, we are here to learn and discuss mathematics. It is your responsibility to not distract your peers who are serious about their education, or distract me as I endeavor to make the best use of the class time for everybody.

University Notices

These are multiple notices the university administration requests we duplicate for you. student-religious-accommodations-in-academic-courses-or-programs
Learning Outcomes

The University Curriculum Committee and accrediting agencies expect to see a list of learning outcomes.

Please review these at the end of the semester when they will be easier to understand.

Tentative Daily Schedule
Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday
Jan 18
Jan 19
Section 5.1
Jan 21
Section 5.2
Jan 22
Section 5.3
Jan 25
Section 5.4/5.5
Jan 26
Section 5.6
Elect CR/NC
Jan 28
Section 5.7/5.8
Jan 29
Section 6.1
Feb 1
Section 6.2
Last Day to
Drop w/o Record
Feb 2
Section 6.3
Feb 4
Section 6.3/6.4
Feb 5
Section 6.4
Feb 8
Section 6.5
Feb 9
Section 7.1
Feb 11
Section 7.1
Feb 12
Section 7.2
Feb 15
Feb 16
Exam 1
Chapters 5, 6
Feb 18
Spring Break 1
Feb 19
Spring Break 2
Feb 22
Section 7.2
Feb 23
Section 7.3
Feb 25
Section 7.3
Feb 26
Section 7.4
Mar 1
Section 7.5
Mar 2
Section 7.5/7.7
Mar 4
Section 7.7
Mar 5
Section 7.8
Mar 8
Section 7.8
Mar 9
Section 10.1
Mar 11
Section 10.1/10.2
Mar 12
Section 10.2
Tentative Daily Schedule
Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday
Mar 15
Mar 16
Exam 2
Chapter 7
Mar 18
Section 10.3
Mar 19
Section 10.3/10.4
Mar 22
Section 10.4
Mar 23
Section 10.5
Mar 25
Section 10.5/10.6
Mar 26
Section 10.6
Mar 29
Spring Break 3
Mar 30
Spring Break 4
Apr 1
Section 10.7
Apr 2
Section 10.7/10.8
Apr 5
Section 10.8
Apr 6
Section 8.1
Apr 8
Section 8.1/8.2
Apr 9
Section 8.2
Apr 12
Apr 13
Exam 3
Chapter 10
Apr 15
Section 9.1
Apr 16
Section 9.1/9.2
Last Day to
Drop w/ a W
Apr 19
Section 9.2
Apr 20
Section 9.3
Apr 22
Section 9.3/9.4
Apr 23
Section 9.4
Apr 26
Section 11.1
Apr 27
Section 11.1/11.2
Apr 29
Section 11.2
Apr 30
May 3
Snow Day
May 4
Exam 4
Chapters 8, 9, 11
May 6
Reading Period
May 7
Reading Period
Final Examination: TBA
(Revised: February 7, 2021; middle of Chapter 7 adjusted)