MATH 1952 (Section 1)
Calculus II
Spring 2015

This is the homepage for MATH 1952 (Calculus II), Section 1. This page will be updated throughout the term with important information for our course, including homework assignments, review materials, solutions to assignments, and more. CHECK IT FREQUENTLY!


  • A list of concepts which could be on the final exam has been posted below.
  • Solutions to your practice final exam have been posted below.
Course Information

Instructor: Ronnie Pavlov
Office: Aspen Hall 715C
Office hours: Monday 4-5, Thursday 9-11, or by appointment.

Graduate TA: Konrad Aguilar
Office: Aspen Hall 719
Office hours: Monday 1-2 and Wednesday 4-6.

Our class will meet every day from 11:00 - 11:50 in Olin 105.

Your TA Konrad will lead the class on Fridays.

Text: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals 7th Edition by Stewart.

This book is available at the DU Bookstore.

The sections which we will be covering in the text are 4.9, 5.1 - 5.5, 6.2 - 6.5, 7.1 - 7.8, and 8.1 - 8.2.

Course summary
In Math 1951, you learned about limits and a particularly important example of a limit, called the derivative. Math 1952 focuses on another special kind of limit, the integral. As opposed to the derivative, which measures the rate of change of a function, the integral gives the area under a function. Beyond measuring area under the curve, it turns out that we can use the integral to compute many important quantities, such as the volume or surface area of an object, the arc length of a curve, or the amount of work (as studied in physics) done by exerting some force.

It turns out that the integral and the derivative are closely related; in fact in a sense, the integral is the "opposite" of the derivative. For this reason, we'll learn how to "undo" the operation of taking a derivative, answering the question: given a function g, what is a function f which has derivative g? This turns out to be harder than just taking derivatives, and we'll learn various tricks for solving this problem over the course of the quarter.

The most important advice I can give you for this course is to honestly evaluate your own progress. Mathematics, perhaps more than any other subject, allows for constant easy self-evaluation; either you know how to complete exercises from the section on your own, without outside help, or you do not. If you are having trouble, come see me or Konrad! Either of us will be happy to discuss any aspect of the class which is causing trouble, either informally after class or during office hours. A difference of even a couple of days in seeking help can be absolutely devastating in such a fast-paced course, so PLEASE do not hesitate.

Grading scheme
Your term grade will consist of homework assignments (roughly 1 per week), weekly quizzes, two one-hour midterm exams, and a final exam, broken down in the following way:

35% Final exam
30% Midterm exams (15% each)
20% Quizzes
15% Homework

Your homework assignments will be posted and collected using WebAssign, an online tool for problem dissemination. To get started, go to and create an account. To do this, go to the Student tab at the top, and look for an option in the drop-down menu that says "I have a Class Key." Your class key for our section is du 7700 9898.

With this, you should be able to create an account with your own username and password and start learning about the system. I have also posted a short 1-question homework assignment as a test to make sure that everyone can log into the system; please complete this by 11:59 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th.

You will have quizzes during each week of class that you do not have an upcoming exam. They will be roughly 15 - 20 minutes long, and will be given in class on Fridays. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped. For this reason, I will not give makeup quizzes except in the case of a documented absence.
You will have two midterm exams, (dates TBA) both in our classroom during class time. Our final exam will be on Wednesday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. More information about the exams will be posted later in the term.
Important Documents
Course Schedule (subject to minor changes!)

Course Policies
You may use a simple scientific calculator for all exams and quizzes. Graphing or programmable calculators are not allowed as well as calculators that can perform any kind of calculus or symbolic operations. Use of a non-approved calculator will be considered a violation of DUís honor code. If you have any questions about your calculator please see me.

Makeup quizzes or exams will only be offered in the event of extreme circumstances. If you think you have a problem which will force you to miss an exam, come talk to me as soon as possible!!!