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Reading Assignments - Math 104 Calculus II - Fall 2017

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All numbers indicate sections from APEX Calculus, Version 3.0, and check the Errata for corrections to the text.


For Friday September 1 (Due 8/31 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.1 Substitution

Reading Questions

  1. Substitution attempts to undo one of the techniques of differentiation. Which one is it?
  2. Use u-substitution to find an antiderivative of \( f(x) = 3x^2 \cos(x^3) \)
  3. Explain why \( \dst \int \cos(x) \sin(x)^2 dx\) and \( \dst\int \frac{\ln(x)^2}{x} dx \) are essentially the same integral after performing a substitution.

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For Monday September 4

Labor Day. No class meeting or reading assignment due.


For Wednesday September 6 (Due 9/5 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 2.7 Derivatives of Inverse Functions

Reading Questions

  1. Why do you think we are studying the inverse trig functions now?
  2. Find an antiderivative of \( f(x) = \dst \frac{x^2}{ 1 + x^6}\)

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For Friday September 8 (Due 9/7 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.2 Integration by Parts

Reading Questions

  1. Integration by parts attempts to undo one of the techniques of differentiation. Which one is it?
  2. Use integration by parts to find an antiderivative of \(f(x) = 2x e^{4x}\)

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For Monday September 11 (Due 9/10 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.2 Integration by Parts

Reading Questions Would you use u-substitution or integration by parts to find each anti-derivative? Find the antiderivative and explain why you chose the method you did.

  1. \( \int \cos(x) \sin(x) dx \)
  2. \( \int e^x x^2 dx \)

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For Wednesday September 13 (Due 9/12 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 5.5 Numerical Integration

Reading Questions

  1. Why would you ever want to numerically approximate an integral?
  2. Which would you expect to be MOST accurate: a Right Hand approximation, a Trapezoidal approximation, or a Simpson's approximation? Why?
  3. Which would you expect to be LEAST accurate: a Right Hand approximation, a Trapezoidal approximation, or a Simpson's approximation? Why?

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For Friday September 15 (Due 9/14 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 7.2 Volume by Cross-Sectional Area; Disk and Washer

Reading Questions

  1. Let R be the rectangle formed by the x-axis, the y-axis, and the lines y=1 and x=4. Describe the shape of the solid formed when R is rotated about the x-axis.
  2. Let T be the triangle formed by the lines y=2x, x=2 and the x-axis. Describe the shape of the solid formed when T is rotated about the line y = -1.

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For Monday September 18

Section 7.2 Volume by Cross-Sectional Area; Disk and Washer

Re-read the section, but no Reading Questions for today


For Wednesday September 20 (Due 9/19 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 7.4 Arc Length and Surface Area

Reading Questions

  1. Set up the integral that gives the length of the curve \( y=\sin(2x)\) from \(x=0\) to \( x=2\pi\).
  2. Set up the integral that gives the surface area of the surface formed when the curve \( y=x^2 + 2\) from \(x=0\) to \(x=3\) is rotated about the x-axis.

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For Friday September 22 (Due 9/21 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.7 L'Hopital's Rule

Reading Questions

  1. Does l'Hopital's Rule apply to \( \dst \lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{x^2}{e^x} \) ? Why or why not?
  2. Does l'Hopital's Rule apply to \( \dst \lim_{x\to\infty} \frac{x^2}{\sin(x)}\)? Why or why not?
  3. For each limit in #1 and #2 where l'Hopital's applies, use it to find the limit.

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For Monday September 25 (Due 9/24 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.8 Improper Integration

Reading Questions

  1. Explain why \( \dst\int_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{x^2} dx \) is improper.
  2. Explain why \( \dst\int_0^1 \frac{1}{x^2} dx \) is improper.
  3. Explain why \( \dst\int_{-1}^1 \frac{1}{x^2} dx \) is improper.

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For Wednesday September 27 (Due 9/26 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 6.8 Improper Integration

Reading Questions
Suppose f and g are continuous and \( 0 < f(x) < g(x)\) for \( x > 0\).

  1. If the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} g(x) dx \) converges, what can you conclude about the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} f(x) dx \)?
  2. If the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} f(x) dx \) diverges, what can you conclude about the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} g(x) dx \) ?
  3. If the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} f(x) dx \) converges, what can you conclude about the improper integral \( \int_1^{\infty} g(x) dx \) ?

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For Friday September 29 (Due 9/28 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.1 Sequences

Reading Questions

  1. Does the following sequence converge or diverge? Be sure to explain your answer.
    1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, . . .
  2. Find a symbolic expression for the general term ak of the sequence
    1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, . . .
  3. Is the following sequence bounded? Is it monotone? Explain. \[ 1, -\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{4}, -\frac{1}{8}, \frac{1}{16}, -\frac{1}{32}, \ldots \]

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For Monday October 2 (Due 10/1 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.2 Infinite Series

Reading Questions

  1. There are two sequences associated with every series. What are they?
  2. Does the geometric series \( \dst \sum \left( \frac{1}{4}\right)^k\) converge or diverge? Why?
  3. Does the geometric series \( \dst \sum \left( \frac{\pi}{e}\right)^k\) converge or diverge? Why?

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For Wednesday October 4 (Due 10/3 @ 8:00 pm)

Q & A for Exam 1. No Reading Assignment for today.


For Friday October 6 (Due 10/5 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.2 Infinite Series

Reading Questions

  1. What does the nth-Term Theorem tell you about the series \( \dst \sum 2^k \)?
  2. What does the nth-Term Theorem tell you about the series \( \dst \sum \frac{1}{k} \)?

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For Monday October 9

Fall Break. No class meeting or reading assignment due.


For Wednesday October 11 (Due 10/10 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.3 Integral and Comparison Tests

Reading Questions

  1. What does the Integral Test tell you about the series \( \dst \sum \frac{1}{k^2} \)?

  2. What does the Integral Test tell you about the series \( \dst \sum \frac{1}{k} \)?
  3. What does the Direct Comparison Test tell you about the series \( \dst \sum \frac{1}{k^2 + k} \)?

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For Friday October 13 (Due 10/12 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.3 Integral and Comparison Tests

Reading Questions

  1. Use the Limit Comparison Test to show that \( \dst\sum \frac{1}{n^2 - n}\) converges.
  2. Explain why it would have been more difficult to apply the Direct Comparison Test to this series.

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For Monday October 16 (Due 10/15 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.5 Alternating Series and Absolute Convergence

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For Wednesday October 18 (Due 10/17 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.5 Alternating Series and Absolute Convergence

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For Friday October 20 (Due 10/19 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.6 Power Series

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For Monday October 23 (Due 10/22 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.7 Taylor Polynomials

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For Wednesday October 25 (Due 10/24 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 8.8 Taylor Series

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For Friday October 27 (Due 10/26 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 12.1 Introduction to Multivariable Functions

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For Monday October 30 (Due 10/29 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 12.3 Partial Derivatives

Reading Questions

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For Wednesday November 1 (Due 10/31 @ 8:00 pm)

Q & A for Exam 2. No Reading Assignment for today.


For Friday November 3 (Due 11/2 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 10.2 An Introduction to Vectors

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For Monday November 6 (Due 11/5 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 12.6 Directional Derivatives

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For Wednesday November 8 (Due 11/7 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 12.8 Extreme Values

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For Friday November 10 (Due 11/9 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 12.8 Extreme Values

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For Monday November 13 (Due 11/12 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.1 Iterated Integrals and Area

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For Wednesday November 15 (Due 11/14 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.2 Double Integration and Volume

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For Friday November 17 (Due 11/16 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.2 Double Integration and Volume

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For Monday November 11/20 (Due 11/19 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 9.4 Introduction to Polar Coordinates

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For Wednesday November 22

Thanksgiving Break. No class meetings or reading assignments due.


For Friday November 24 (Due XY @ 8:00 pm)

Thanksgiving Break. No class meetings or reading assignments due.



For Monday November 27 (Due 11/26 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.3 Double Integration with Polar Coordinates

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For Wednesday November 29 (Due 11/28 @ 8:00 pm)

Q & A for Exam 3. No Reading Assignment for today.


For Friday December 1 (Due 11/30 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.3 Double Integration with Polar Coordinates

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For Monday December 4 (Due 12/3 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.4 Center of Mass

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For Wednesday December 6 (Due 12/5 @ 8:00 pm)

Section 13.4 Center of Mass

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For Friday December 8 (Due 12/6 @ 8:00 pm)

The BIG Picture for the semester. No Reading Assignment for today.

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