Math 229, Calculus Computer Lab, Fall 2011

Final: Mon 19 Dec 3:35-4:25pm 1S-108

MW 3:35-4:25pm 1S-108

Instructor:Joseph Maher
Office hours:M 1:25-3:35, W 1:25-2:15
Phone:(718) 982-3623

Official departmental syllabus

Important Dates (

Matlab Projects:

Matlab Login:

Project Deadlines:

Using MATLAB as a Calculator9/16/11
Plotting Graphs in MATLAB9/30/11
More on Graphing with MATLAB10/7/11
Graphical Solutions to Equations10/14/11
Investigating Limits using MATLAB10/28/11
Approximate First and Second Derivatives11/4/11
Critical and Inflection Points11/11/11
Newton's Method11/18/11
Definite Integrals and Riemann Sums12/16/11

Exams: There will be a midterm exam during the semester and a final exam at the end of the semester. You must take the final exam at the time scheduled by the university.

  • Midterm: Mon 17 Oct
  • Final: Mon 19th Dec

Grading: The course grade will be determined as follows: 50% Matlab project + 25% Midterm + 25% Final. Without exception you must pass the exams to pass this course. You must take the final exams at the time scheduled by the university.

Help: Email is the best way to contact me. Come and see me during my office hours! Free math tutoring is also available (

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory.

Disability policy: Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable academic accommodations if determined eligible by the Office for Disability Services. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of student's eligibility from the Office of Disability Services, which is located in 1P-101. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Office for Disability Services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Integrity policy: CUNY's Academic Integrity Policy is available online at

Sample midterm

Midterm a solutions

Midterm b solutions

Sample final

Sample final solutions

Final a solutions

Final b solutions

Useful links:

The hours and locations of the campus computer labs. (

1S-213 is also open most days 10am-4pm.

Octave is a free replacement for Matlab, which is compatible enough for these projects. Download Octave

These are the notes I make for class, they are probably not of much use to anyone else.