General Information for Math 6B(2)

Calculus IIB Section 2

Important note: This course is a one-half credit course which meets for the first half of the semester only.

Important note: This section is paired with math 6d. Although, the core material is the same as the other sections of math 6b, (See the Catalogue entry.) the text, style and pace will be different. If you have any doubts about which course you should be in, be sure to speak with me as soon as possible.

Instructor: My name is Thomas Hunter. My office in the mathematics department is in Dupont 185. You can reach me by phone at 328-8244 or by email at

Office Hours: Monday 8:00--10:00pm, Wednesday 3:00--4:00pm, Thursdays from 9:00--10:00am, and by generous appointment. The stated slots are times you can be sure to find me in my office and willing to talk. Other times are fine, but to be sure that I am available, you should make an appointment with me. Of course you should feel free to stop by anytime and see whether I am available.

Text: We will use is the Second Edition of. Honors Calculus by Henry Helson. It should be availlable in the bookstore. This text is not being used by any of the other sections of math 6b.

General Game Plan: We will cover most of the parts of the text which deal with numbers sequences and series. We will not cover the parts of the book which cover integration and differentiation. (You should already know about differentiation and integration, but the parts of the text which we will skip should provide a useful reference when review is necessary.)

Meetings: Regular lectures will be 10:30am-11:20am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Martin 213.

Homework:I will assign homework in lecture and each week's worth of homework will be due in class the following Wednesday. I expect to have a grader for the course, but I will try to keep close track of how the grading is going.

Exams: There will be one mid--term and a final exam. Both will be held during our regularly scheduled class meetings. The midterm will be Wednesday, September 24. The final will be Friday, October 10. I will announce any changes in these dates at least a week before the actual date of the test.

Grades: The mid--term will be worth 100 points. The final will be worth 200 points. Your grade will be based on the sum of these scores.

Computer and Electronic resources: There is a web page (you may be reading it right now) associated to this course. You may find it via my home page at Other resources you may find useful are the Macintosh graphing calculator, Mathematica, and Maple. Use of these or any other computational tool will not be a required part of the course. (In fact I will ban calculators on most tests.) However, in class demonstrations will all use one or another of these tools and you may find them very useful for learning the concepts. Copies of all programs for all classroom demos will be stored in our class folder on the Classes server.

Clinic: Math Clinic will be run every evening which precedes a weekday, starting sometime in the first or second week of the semester. The Clinic is a great resource for all students---not just for those with difficulties. It is a place where you can work together with other students and know that help and encouragement are available whenever you need it.

Late work: Generally speaking late work will never be accepted and exams may never be taken late. In the case of irreconcilable conflicts you may schedule an exam earlier than the official time, but make up exams will not be given after the regularly scheduled exam except for the most extraordinary circumstances. (For example, global invasion by extraterrestials.)





Mon. Sep. 1

Real Numbers


Wed. Sep. 3

Complex Numbers

1.2 & 1.3

Fri. Sep. 5



Mon. Sep. 8



Wed. Sep. 10


2.1 & 2.2

Fri. Sep. 12

Theorems on seqs

2.3 & 2.4

Mon. Sep. 15



Wed. Sep. 17

LUB's again


Fri. Sep. 19

Mean Values


Mon. Sep. 22

Taylor's Formula


Wed. Sep. 24


Fri. Sep. 26

Absolute Convergence


Mon. Sep. 29



Wed. Oct. 1

Alternating Series


Fri. Oct. 3

Integral Test


Mon. Oct. 6

Power Series

9.1 & 9.2

Wed. Oct. 8



Fri. Oct. 10


Fall Break

Mon, Oct 20


Wed Oct 22


Thursday, Oct 23

Exam 7pm Room TBA

Friday, Oct 24

No Class