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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
MTH 251 : Syllabus

Text:  Thomas' Calculus, Eleventh Edition, Finney, Weir, and Giordano

Credit:  4 Hours

Prerequisites:  Math 184 or equivalent

Goals and Objectives:  To make full use of the student's previous mathematical experiences, to provide an adequate foundation for the student's success in Calculus III, and to enable the student to acquire the understanding necessary for applying the course experiences in subsequent situations.

Course Description:  The topics of this course are applications of definite integrals, the calculus of transcendental functions, infinite series, and integration techniques. Some topics are integrated with computer activities.

Course Requirements:  Each student should :
1. prepare for each lecture by reading the appropriate topic(s).
2. devote a minimum of 10 hours per week for preparation.
3. attend all lectures and keep a notebook of lecture notes and solved problems.
4. complete and turn in all assignments (if required) on time.

    Week Number
    Review Derivatives, Basic Integration formulas
    3.2, 3.4-3.5
    4.8, 5.5, 5.6
    Transcendental Functions & Diff. Eqns: Logarithms, Exponential Functions
    7.2 - 7.4

    Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Hyperbolic Functions

    7.7, 7.8   

    Hyperbolic Functions, Separable Diff. Eqns
    6.8 - 6.9

     Integration Techniques: Integration by Parts           

    8.1, 8.2
    Partial Fractions

    Trigonometric Substitutions

    8.4 - 8.5
    Applications of Integrals:  Area, Volume, Lengths of Plane Curves
    5.6, 6.1
    Volume, Lengths of Plane Curves
    6.2 - 6.3
    L'Hopital's Rule, Improper Integrals
    4.6, 8.8
    Sequences, Infinite Series
    11.1 - 11.2
     Integral, Comparison, Ratio, Root Tests  

    11.3 - 11.5

     Absolute and Conditional Convergence, Alternating Series  


    Power Series, Taylor Series/Polynomials   11.7 - 11.8

    Evaluation: Grades Assigned:
    Quizzes (minimum of 6) 15% A: 90 and above
    Tests (4) 50% B: 80 - 89
    Project 10% C: 70 - 79
    Labs 5% D: 60 - 69
    Final Exam 20% F: 59 and below

    Available Supplements:
    Solutions manual can be ordered through the bookstore. The following computer software are available: Maple, Mathcad, and Mathematica.


    Class Policies And Procedures:

    1. No Make-Ups except in cases of extreme emergencies.
    2. Weekly Quizzes will be given every Friday.
    3. All tests will be announced.
    4. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic grade of "F" for the semester. Further disciplinary actions may be taken by the university.
    Academic Integrity Policies:
    Information regarding academic or academically related misconduct, and disciplinary procedures and sanctions regarding such misconduct, may be obtained by consulting the NSU Student Handbook.

    Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

    The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
    LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
    CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
    TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

    Class Attendance Policy
  1. A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

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