AMS 161 (CALCULUS II)-Spring 2022


Course Description: This is a course in infinite series and integral calculus where you will learn about antiderivatives and their applications as well as the magic of infinite series and how they approximate transcendental functions. Calculators will not be permitted on exams, but in order to see the calculus, you must have a graphing application. By the end of the course, students should able to compute integrals, solve first order differential equations, compute volumes, write Maclaurin polynomials, and distinguish between the two “opposing forces” in calculus, namely convergence and divergence. There will be a focus on concepts and theory as well as computations and applications. Topics will be addressed numerically, algebraically, and graphically. This is an exciting 3 credit course which will require a great deal of your attention. Attendance at every lecture is essential.


Course Instructor: Bill Bernhard (aka Bbern) (

TA names and office hours will be emailed to you soon.


Required materials: Single Variable calculus 4th edition (stony brook edition) and webassign.



Exam 1 (20%) In lecture during the week of 2/28.

Exam 2 (20%) In lecture during the week of 4/4.

FINAL EXAM (40%) Tuesday, 5/10 at 5:30PM for the Tuesday class and Thursday, 5/12 at 5:30PM for the Thursday class.

WEBASSIGN (20%) Students will be assigned web-based exercises using an online system. You can purchase both the text and your access code at Assignments will be given every Thursday beginning on 1/27, and due one week later on Thursdays by 11:59PM. There are no make-ups, no drops, and no extensions! The class key will be posted on Blackboard on 1/27.


Weekly schedule:

1/24-Maclaurin Series (8.7)

1/31-Integration with power series (8.7)

2/7-Geometric Series and Ratio Test (8.2 and 8.4)

2/14-Radius of convergence (8.5 and 8.6)


2/28-Exam #1

3/7-Exam Return/Issues

3/14-Spring Break

3/21-Improper Integrals and Integral Test (5.10 and 8.3)


4/4-Exam #2

4/11-Integration by Parts (5.6)

4/18-Differential Equations (7.3)

4/25-Volume (6.2)





Student Absences Statement

Students are expected to attend every class, report for examinations and submit major graded coursework as scheduled. If a student is unable to attend lecture(s), report for any exams or complete major graded coursework as scheduled due to extenuating circumstances, the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible.  Students may be requested to provide documentation to support their absence and/or may be referred to the Student Support Team for assistance. Students will be provided reasonable accommodations for missed exams, assignments or projects due to significant illness, tragedy or other personal emergencies. In the instance of missed lectures the student is responsible for working with us to gather appropriate resources to learn the missed material.  


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