Calculus II
MA163 Winter 2021 : Northern Michigan University

This is the syllabus for Calculus II, Math 163. Here you'll find information on prerequisites, grading policy, homework, study resources, exam dates and a tentative course schedule.


  • Dr. Josh Thompson | Campus Office - JAMR 2226 | Virtual Office | email
  • Classroom

  • Math 163-02 | WEST 2901 | 10:00 - 10:50 pm | MWRF
  • Math 163-01 | JAMR 3103 | 1:00 - 1:50 pm | MWRF
  • Online: [Virtual Classroom]
  • Your daily attendance is required. You are expected to come to class daily, to be fully awake, to pay attention to and participate in the class discussion. I will do my part to make class something you look forward to rather than dread.


    You need either:

  • C or better in MA161
  • a satisfactory score on the Math Placement Exam.
  • Course Webpage

  • Textbook

  • Required: Calculus 2 - OpenStax.
  • Office Hours

  • Monday: 2pm - 3pm
  • Tuesday: 10am - 11am
  • Wednesday: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thursday: 2pm - 3pm
  • Office hours will be held online [here].


  • Homework 25%
  • Team Quizzes 5%
  • Exams 50% (4 @ 12.5% each)
  • Final 25%
  • WeBWork

    Homework will be adminstered via WeBWork, and is due each Monday at 8am. Any additional written homework will turned in on Friday. Learn how to use WeBWork immediately!

  • Your username is your NMU username. [eg., joshthom]
  • Your password is your student IN.
  • Help can be found here.
  • Here are hints on how to enter answers in WeBWork.
  • Exams

  • Exam 1 - February 11/12
  • Exam 2 - March 10/11
  • Exam 3 - April 1/2
  • Exam 4 - April 22/23
  • MA163-02- Tues April 27, 10am - 11:50am
  • MA163-01- Wed April 28, 12pm - 1:50am
  • NMU's Final Exam Schedule.

  • Calculators

  • You are not required to have a calculator
  • A great online calculator is
  • Calculators may be used on most exams.
  • You are not allowed to have any information saved in your calculators during examinations.
  • Laptops & Phones

    Do not use your laptop, phone or electronic media device in class unless instructed to do so.

    Other Resources

    Some of the best math videos on YouTube:

  • Krista King
  • Patrick JMT
  • Nancy Pi
  • Math Doctor Bob
  • Socratica
  • Kahn Academy

  • Both free and paid tutoring is available, in the tutoring lab on the 2nd floor of Jamrich.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Select and apply the appropriate integration techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parametric equations
  • Evaluate infinite sums and series and apply them to concepts such as convergence and divergence.
  • Evaluation of these learning outcomes will be done through a mix of assignments, class exercises, projects, research papers, group work, written & oral quizzes and tests.

    Course Description

    We will cover the all 7 chapters of the textbook.

  • Chapter 1 | Integration | Week 1
  • Chapter 2 | Applications of Integration | Weeks 2-3
  • Chapter 3 | Integration Techniques | Weeks 4-6
  • Chapter 4 | Integration | Weeks 8,9,10
  • Chapter 5 | Differential Equations | Weeks 11
  • Chapter 6 | Power Series | Week 12-13
  • Chapter 7 | Parametric Equations | Week 14
  • Natural Sciences Requirement This course satisfies the Foundation of Natural Sciences/Mathematics requirement. Students who complete this course should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical logic; use mathematics to solve scientific or mathematical problems in college classes; express relationships in the symbolic language of mathematics; and appreciate the role of mathematics in analyzing natural phenomena.

    Academic Honesty: Cheating is not only unethical and pathetic, but is a violation of the Northern Michigan University Student Code and University Policy and grounds for your dismissal from the University.

    Discrimination & Harassment: Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, height, weight, martial status, handicap/disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. If you have a civil rights inquiry, contact the Affirmative Action Office at 906-227-2420.

    Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please inform the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Dean of Students Office at 2001 C. B. Hedgcock Building (227-1737 or Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with federal, state, and University guidelines.

    Mask Accommodation Certain students may qualify for alternative face-covering accommodations due to a variety of health conditions. These students have gone through a qualifying process with the Office of Disability Services. Faculty have been notified of which students receive these accommodations in their class. If you have concerns regarding this topic please contact the faculty member outside of class. Please do not question or confront fellow students in the classroom who are using alternative or modified face coverings.

    The Registrar: Withdrawing from any course or any matters relating to registration are the responsibility of the student. For more information regarding this topic, check out the Registrars Website.