Calculus II Math 480

Teacher: Stephanie Kelly
Extra Help: Fridays 3-4 PM Room 145 or by appointment.

Course Overview

In this course students build on skills developed in Calculus I to expand their ability to use derivatives and integrals to model, predict and solve. During the first semester, students will explore more deeply, topics of differentiation and integration.  In the second semester, students will

Essential Questions:

  • How can we synthesize our knowledge of functions and basic mathematical properties to problem solve?

  • How do we communicate effectively our mathematical solutions using appropriate vocabulary and syntax and apply them in terms of real life contexts?

  • How do we use mathematics to describe change?


Grades for this course consist of four strands: Logic, accuracy, application and work habits.

Over the course of a semester, students can expect approximately 10 homework assignments, 3-4 assessments and 2-3 projects.  In addition, students will be expected to maintain a notebook of work, notes and reflections.

Accuracy – 30%

Mathematics is a language that allows people to give exact answers.  When calculations are not made correctly, computers don’t operate, bridges collapse, and checks bounce.  Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests.

Logic – 30%

Just like accuracy, how one arrives at that answer is also important.  When reviewing student work, teachers look to see how problems are set up before they are solved.  As math concepts become increasingly complex, making sure the logic is clearly communicated takes on greater significance.  

Application – 20%

Students participate in several unit projects over the course of a semester where they apply their knowledge to problem solving situations.  Most projects also involve creating a report or making a presentation.  These projects are graded on a variety of content and presentation standards.

Work Habits – 20%

The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students have put into completing homework, studying regularly, and working in class.  Work habits also reflect the level of students’ participation in class, their willingness to take academic risks, and ability to incorporate revisions into their work.  Students with strong work habits grades are putting consistent, effective effort into their schoolwork.