Calculus II Lab
Syllabus for MAT 156
Calculus II Lab, MAT 156, 1 credit
Prerequisits: MAT 175, MAT 155
Corequisite: MAT 176
Software: Maple Classic
Text same as 176: Larson, Hostetler and Evans, Calculus Early Transcendentals,
Houghton Mifflin, fourth edition.
Warning: There is no text with Maple commands. Students should take
notes in class and use the help menu in the Maple program.
Prerequisites: Students who took Calculus I over the summer or at
another college will not have taken MAT155. Since scheduling makes
it impossible to take this course at the same time as Calculus II,
these students are allowed into the class. It is recommended that
they be paired up with a student who had an A or B in MAT155 for the
first three projects. They could also be encouraged to attend more
than one section of MAT156 temporarily to have extra practice with computers.
As with all students having difficulties, these students can be encouraged
to seek help at the Math Lab.
Grading: This is up to the instructor. Professor Petridis'
for sample exams and solutions of old labs. He designed those
as well as the new ones and that students are only earning one credit
for this course.
Keep in mind that in MAT155 students were permitted to
consult a command worksheet during the exams.
Syllabus and Official Labs:
These programs work in Maple Classic. Open them up and do not let the
program update them. Just save them with a new file name on your disk
The following is a list of the topics covered in the official labs
with links to the corresponding maple files. Not all the labs
will be covered, the instructor will choose to skip one or
two of the optional labs.
Lab 1: Maple review: decimal expansions, defining a function, solve and fsolve
Download Laboratory 1
Lab 2: Continuation of Maple review: Derivatives, critical points,
inflection points, Left-hand sums and right-hand sums for the
velocity function as approximations of the distance travelled
and of the area under the velocity function.
Plots and comparisons but no numerics.
Download Laboratory 2
Lab 3: Left-hand sums and right-hand sums:
comparing sums with increasing number of subintervals,
numerical evaluations of the sums, convergence of Riemann
sums, introduction to loops.
Download Laboratory 3
Lab 4: Plots of circles and ellipses, implicitplot, completethesquare and
Download Laboratory 4
Lab 5: Trapezoid and Midpoint rules. Comparisons with Left-hand sums and
Right-hand sums. The midpoint rule as a midpoint-tangent-trapezoid rule.
Download Laboratory 5
Lab 6: Calculation pi with Riemann sums. Substitution with Maple.
Download Laboratory 6
Lab 7: Area between two curves and volumes of revolution. The
method of discs, washers and cylindrical shells (warning some sections
of Calculus II may not teach cylindrical shells)
Download Laboratory 7
Lab 8: Arclength of the circle and the ellipse. (optional)
Download Laboratory 8
Lab 9: Partial fractions and completing the square.
Download Laboratory 9
Lab 10: Integration by parts.
Download Laboratory 10
Lab 11: Improper integrals, comparing integrals and improper integrals.
Download Laboratory 11
Lab 12: Sequences and their limits, series and their sums.
Download Laboratory 12
Lab 13: The integral and the ratio test for series. (optional)
Download Laboratory 13
Lab 14: Taylor polynomials.
Download Laboratory 14
Please send comments regarding the labs to Prof. Petridis.