Undergraduate Courses

MA 172, Calculus B


Calculus B is the second in a three-course sequence in calculus, intended primarily for students in science and engineering. Specific topics include

  • applications of the integral to length, area, volume, center of mass, and work.
  • techniques of integration including simple substitutions, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, and partial fractions
  • numerical integration, including the trapezoid and Simpson's method
  • improper integrals and tests for convergence
  • polar coordinates
  • parametric equations and curves
  • infinite series and tests for convergence
  • power series and the representation of functions by series
  • the use of the Maple computer algebra system

Goals of the course include

  • a basic understanding of the special language, notation, and point of view of calculus
  • the ability to solve basic computational problems involving integrals and infinite series
  • an understanding of concepts from complementary points of view (algebraic, geometric, numerical, procedural)
  • the ability to model and solve basic calculus problems in science and engineering
  • a basic sense of the history of calculus and its central importance in science
  • an improved ability to read, write, speak, and think in mathematical terms

Alabama General Studies Curriculum

MA 172 is an AGSC approved course; the standard AGSC number is Math 126.


MA 171, Calculus A with a grade of C or better


4 Semester Hours

Grading System

This course is graded A, B, C, D, F. The grade typically depends on a combination of class tests, homework, Maple assignments, quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.