Office hours and address

Office location: Boyd 603C

Office hours for Fall 2017

  • Mondays: 2:00-3:30pm
  • Tuesdays: 9:30-10:30am
  • Wednesdays: 3:30-5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30-10:30am and 3:30-5:00pm
  • Fridays: 3:30-5:00pm

or by appointment. You can stop by if my door is open.

Mailing address

Dr. Michael Klipper
(706) 542-2588
Boyd GSRC 603C
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Basic Course Information / Links

Course Sections (click on the section number for syllabus)

Section 30101: MWF 8:00am-8:50am in Boyd 302, T 8:00am-9:15am in Boyd 302

Section 15449: MWF 10:10am-11:00am in Wilson 362, T 3:30pm-4:45pm in Forestry 307

Section 28186: MWF 12:20pm-1:10pm in Wilson 362, T 12:30pm-1:45pm in Dawson 202


Useful Website Links



Department-wide Math 2250 page

Tutoring resources (includes some paid tutor options)

Math 2250, Fall 2017

Rough class schedule:

This calendar is updated weekly, indicating which textbook sections we plan to cover. It is where you will find paper HW assignments, test review documents, and other useful handouts.

This schedule will not show the topics for each day. Instead, it will outline what we plan to cover over the whole week. If you want more detail, email me or talk to me outside of class.


Week 1:

  • Introduction to the course (see the syllabus at the top of this page)
    • Make sure to log on to WeBWorK and practice with it! Check the syllabus or email me if you're having problems.
    • You will need to install VPN (virtual private network) programs if you plan to use WeBWorK off-campus. Read this to see the necessary steps.
    • Here's an algebra pretest. In class, I only handed out the first two pages; you can read the rest for review if you want.
  • Section 2.1: average and instantaneous slopes, introduction to tangent lines
  • Section 2.2: limit laws
  • (We skip Section 2.3 about the formal definition of limit.)
  • Section 2.4: one-sided limits, and the Squeeze Theorem with sin(theta)/theta


Paper HW: Demo HW

  • This is just a sample to show how these assignments work. Next week, you'll have an assignment put out Monday and due on Friday.
  • Solutions
    • In the future, partial solutions will be uploaded to eLC on Mondays after the due date.

Week 2:

  • Section 2.5: continuity and the Intermediate Value Theorem
  • Section 2.6: horizontal and vertical asymptotes
    • We will also show how to draw sign diagrams, keeping track of when a function is positive or negative.


Quiz this week: Section 2.2


Paper HW 1 (due Friday August 25 in class)

  • This is the first paper assignment, so leave yourself plenty of time to try it! You may want to check out the office hours schedule at the top of this page.
    • Look at last week to see a demo writeup which shows the level of explanation I'm expecting.
  • Solutions to some of the problems will be uploaded to eLC on the following Monday.


Test 1 will be next Tuesday, August 29, in class.

  • The test will have 6 to 8 problems on it, for 75 minutes of class time. The average difficulty is between the quiz and paper HW.
    • Most questions will be similar to WW problems, but there are some parts asking for short written explanations (like in paper HW).
  • Review topic list for Test 1
    • This document also has concept-check questions you should ask yourself.
  • Practice problems for Test 1
    • Next Monday will be a review day in class. We can go over some of these problems.

Week 3:

  • Review for Test 1
    • See the topic list and practice problems above.
    • Additional office hours Monday: 4:30-5:30pm. Possible extra evening hours by request.
  • TEST 1
  • Sections 3.1 and 3.2: Definition of derivative f'(x) and differentiability


No quiz or paper HW for this week

  • Week 4's paper HW will be released on Friday, because the Monday afterward is Labor Day.


Week 4:

  • NO CLASS Monday (Labor Day)
  • Section 3.3: basic derivative rules (including Product and Quotient Rules), repeated derivatives
  • Section 3.4: derivatives as rates of change, especially with motion (displacement, velocity, acceleration)


Quiz this week: Section 3.1


Paper HW 2 (due Friday September 8 in class)

  • Solutions to some problems will be uploaded to eLC the following TUESDAY (due to Hurricane Irma).

Week 5:

  • Class canceled for Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Irma.
    • We will not cover Section 3.5 in class, but you can click below for notes on it.
    • We will also not finish Section 3.7 in class this week; you can click below for additional notes on it (to be read after Friday's class).
    • You get a take-home quiz below.
  • Section 3.5: trigonometic derivatives
  • Section 3.6: Chain Rule
  • Section 3.7: Implicit differentiation


Quiz this week: Take-home quiz on Sections 3.3 and 3.4

  • Please write your answer on a piece of paper, and bring this in to class on Wednesday.
  • Quiz: If an object has position s(t) = (-t + 2) / (t^2 + t + 3) at any time t, determine the times t at which the object is temporarily stopped (velocity 0).


Paper HW 3 (due Friday September 15 in class)

Week 6:

  • Section 3.8: derivatives of inverses, ln(x), logarithmic differentiation
  • Section 3.9: derivatives of the trig inverses arcsin(x), arccos(x), arctan(x)
  • Section 3.10: related rates


Quiz this week: Section 3.6


Paper HW 4 (due Friday September 22 in class)


Test 2 will be next Tuesday, September 26, in class.

  • Like with Test 1, expect 6 to 8 problems on it, with average difficulty between the quiz and paper HW.
  • Most questions will be similar to WW problems, but there are some parts asking for short written explanations (like in paper HW).
    • There will be a concept question on this test!
    • This test has an extra-credit question at the end. (You should focus on the other problems first, however.)
  • Here's a review topic list for this exam.
    • The concept-check questions on it are very useful for study.
  • Here's a collection of practice problems to go over.
    • We can do some of these problems in class review next Monday.

Week 7:

  • Review for Test 2
    • Office hours for Test 2 on Monday: 2-3:15pm, 4:30-5:30pm
  • TEST 2
  • Section 3.11: linear approximation and differentials
  • Section 4.1, day 1 of 2: absolute and local extrema, Closed Interval Method


 No quiz or paper HW this week.


Week 8:

  • Finish Section 4.1: Closed Interval Method
  • Section 4.2: Rolle's Theorem and Mean Value Theorem, beginning of antiderivatives
    • For more demonstration of uses of these theorems when studying roots, you may want to see this page (especially Example 1) or this video.
  • Section 4.3: Signs of f'(x), First-Derivative Test for Local Extrema


Quiz this week: Section 4.1 (10 minutes, not 8)


Paper HW 5 (due Friday October 6, in class)

Week 9:

  • Section 4.4 (2.5 days): concavity, curve sketching, Second Derivative Test for Extrema
  • Section 4.5 (1.5 days out of 2.5): L'Hopital's Rule for 0/0 or infty/infty limits, 0 * infty form
    • We will look at several other indeterminate forms on Monday of the following week.


Quiz this week: Section 4.3 (10 minutes, not 8)


Paper HW 6 (due Friday October 13, in class)

Week 10:


Quiz this week: Section 4.5


Paper HW 7 (due Friday October 20, in class)

Last updated: 10/16/2017