MATH 262

Welcome to the homepage for McGill MATH 262 Intermediate Calculus (Fall 2017) taught by Sidney Trudeau, at Jacob’s Help Desk!

Register for MATH 262 Sessions

Click here for information on discounts for multiple sessions.

† for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24, $100 afterwards (space permitting).
‡ for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24, $210 afterwards.
N.B. An email with instructions for confirming your registration will be sent to the address provided above shortly after submission.

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About MATH 262 Final Mastery 1
Saturday, 2 December, 10:30 AM (~4h), Cat’s Corner – St Laurent Blvd

The first Final Mastery Prep sessions will cover everything you need to know about multiple integration. The focus of the session will be adjusted to the content emphasized by your Prof. but will include basics of identifying domains of integration; expressiong domains as limits of integrations; making multivariate substitutions; polar-, cylindrical- and spherical coordinates as well as applications. We will also review the most advanced examples of multivariate differentiation.

During the session, we will look at examples together gradually building your understanding of this challenging topic as we move through the various subtopics. By the end of the session, you’ll have a solid grasp on the material and will know where and how to focus your energy leading up to the exam.

The session is limited to ~20 students, and includes detailed, colour-coded notes, with fully worked explanations and examples, so that you can focus on understanding the material instead of trying to copy everything down. Exam-level practice problems taken from (or based on) previous finals are included so that you’ll have the chance to actually apply the concepts to highly-representative problems.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Spots are confirmed upon receipt of the deposit within 4h of registration (see details in confirmation email). Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total, and information on payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $80 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $100 afterwards Includes lecture, notes and practice problems.
  • Any two of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $130 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $160 afterwards Includes lectures, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: all three Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions $180 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $210 afterwards. Includes all lectures, and detailed notes with sample solutions, plus tons of practice problems.

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About MATH 262 Final Mastery 2
Sunday, 3 December, 10:00 AM (~4h), Cat’s Corner – St Laurent Blvd

The second Final Mastery Prep session will review Power-, Maclaurin- and Taylor-Series with an emphasis on advanced applications and exam-level problems. We will then move on to exam-level questions on tangent-planes and linearization of bivariate functions, including approximations, and finally we’ll look at multivariable extrema and constrained optimization (Lagrange multipliers). Summaries of the theory will be provided in the notes; however, the session itself will focus primarily on solving exam-level problems.

During the session, we will look at examples together, but you will also be given time to attempt problems yourself, so that you can assess your understanding as we progress through the material. By the end of the session, you’ll have a solid grasp on the material and will know where and how to focus your energy on these topics, leading up to the exam.

The session is limited to ~20 students, and includes detailed, colour-coded notes, with fully worked explanations and examples, so that you can focus on understanding the material instead of trying to copy everything down. Exam-level practice problems taken from (or based on) previous finals are included so that you’ll have the chance to actually apply the concepts to highly-representative problems.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Spots are confirmed upon receipt of the deposit within 4h of registration (see details in confirmation email). Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total, and information on payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $80 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $100 afterwards Includes lecture, notes and practice problems.
  • Any two of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $130 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $160 afterwards Includes lectures, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: all three Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions $180 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $210 afterwards. Includes all lectures, and detailed notes with sample solutions, plus tons of practice problems.

About MATH 262 Final Mock Exam
Friday, 8 December, 2:00 PM (~3h), Cat’s Corner – St Laurent Blvd

The third Final Mastery Prep session will be split into roughly three parts: you’ll receive a mock exam and will have a limited amount of time to solve the first section. The amount of time provided will be unrealistically short, to reproduce the stress experienced during the final, so the emphasis will be on identifying relevant methods and implementing them quickly. After each section, we will go over the solutions together, identifying critical strategies and general approaches that can save time on the final. Challenging topics identified in the first two sessions will recieve special attention. Related problems will be recommended, wherever relevant, and variations on the problems will be provided for additional practice. By the end of the session, you should have a good idea of which topics require additional attention, as well as of what to expect from the final exam; helping to give a clear focus to your last few days of studying.

The session is limited to ~20 students, and includes detailed, colour-coded notes, with fully worked explanations and examples, so that you can focus on understanding the material instead of trying to copy everything down. Exam-level practice problems taken from (or based on) previous finals are included so that you’ll have the chance to actually apply the concepts to highly-representative problems.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Spots are confirmed upon receipt of the deposit within 4h of registration (see details in confirmation email). Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total, and information on payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $80 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $100 afterwards Includes lecture, notes and practice problems.
  • Any two of the Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions: $130 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $160 afterwards Includes lectures, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: all three Final Exam Mastery Prep Sessions $180 for registration before 7:00PM Friday, November 24; $210 afterwards. Includes all lectures, and detailed notes with sample solutions, plus tons of practice problems.

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About the Weekly Sessions for McGill MATH 262 (Fall 2017)

The weekly sessions for Math 262 are 2h, small-group, sessions that aim to clarify the concepts and theory presented in the class lectures. They include detailed, typeset, colour-coded notes that explain the concepts and notation in an easy-to-understand way. The notes are carefully designed as interactive documents that provide students with a chance to engage the material during the session and also include classic, representative problems for the class as well as additional practice problems, whenever possible.

During the session we will look at detailed, developed solutions meant to illustrate different aspects of the material in a systematic, structured and easy-to-follow approach. Solutions are colour-coded to make it easy for students to see through the barrage of symbols and focus on the key concepts. It’ll also help you learn to structure your answers efficiently and effectively, so that the logic of the solution is clear to you (and the marker!).

The sessions are also designed with a view of the entire course in mind, so you know where to invest your time both in terms of success in this class, as well as in terms of the topics that will have the greatest application in future classes.

The Math262.com Weekly Mastery Lectures will help you with:

  • Time Management: even if you’re keeping up with the class on your own, the Math262.com Weekly Mastery Lectures will help you make better use of your study time.  The notorious difficulty of McGill math classes is not inherent to the content itself; rather, it is the sheer volume of material that makes the classes so challenging. Better to spend 2h in a weekly session that will help you really understand the concepts and complete assignments yourself, rather than spending 8-10+h banging your head against the textbook and trying to decipher online resources only to get answers that don’t really make much sense to you, and have it haunt you come exam time, when you’ve got 4 other classes to study for.
  • Maintaining Commitment: despite the best of intentions to keep up with material and not use Wolfram for Webworks, Montreal has its way of always offering up absolutely, totally, 100% legitimate reasons that derail the best laid plans. So you make a financial commitment to a weekly session that helps you reach your goal. Knowing that you need help to reach a goal (& acting on it!) is knowing how to find the success you want.
  • Math Therapy: I believe that anyone who wants to learn math, can. You may be terrible at math, true – but there’s probably a list of bad math teachers somewhere in your past that would go a long way to explaining the difficulties you have, & no one wants to spend their time feeling like they just can’t get it. However, if you’re motivated and willing to do the work and practice, then you can definitely succeed. I’ve seen it hundreds of times: students go from failing in a fantastically impressive way to acing the class. The weekly tutorials will go a long way to rehabilitating your relationship with math.
  • Top of the Class: a large number of the students who attend weekly sessions don’t want to just pass the class, they want to understand the material at an intuitive level, & they want to ace the class. The weekly tutorials provide a wealth of information that help you develop general, transferable skills in mathematical literacy and reasoning, and I work hard to help students do their very best (and many have both aced their classes and finished very top of the class).

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Cost & Payment Structure for Weekly Mastery Lectures

If you have never attended one of my sessions previously, you can check out a Weekly Mastery Lecture for only $20. Simply register using the contact form above, or get in touch with me at Jacob@Math262.com – you’ll be glad you did!

  • Full 7-Week Membership: prepay for the entire set of 7 sessions and get the best price for the Math 262 sessions: $280 for everything you need to master the material and succeed in your class.

    Included in the weekly membership: not only the weekly lectures, but detailed notes at every session (4-12 pages, 9pt, colour-coded), and priority registration (as well as discounted rates!) for WebWork Workshops, Midterm Review and Final Mastery Sessions.

    This option is only available during the first 3 weeks of sessions and for the total set of 7 sessions. So if you join during the 2nd or 3rd session, the price is still $280; however, you’d receive all the previous notes and still qualify for all the benefits.

    My goal in offering this lowest price is to encourage you to join the sessions early, so that you can establish a strong foundation right from the start so you’ll be less stressed for the final and do better in the class, overall: take advantage & register right away!

  • Prepay (min.) 4 Sessions: $220, includes notes and all other benefits of weekly membership. There is always the option of getting the notes from previous tutorials, sutdents can contact me at Jacob@Math262.com for exact prices. The same benefits as the 7-week membership also apply. For complete details, get in touch using the contact form or contact Jacob@Math262.com.
  • Individual Sessions: $65/session, subject to space. Cancellations must be made min. 48h prior to the session. For additional information, get in touch using the contact form, above.

N.B. All payments are non-refundable; for additional details, please contact Jacob@Math262.com.
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MATH 262: The Long View

This class is a first taste of calculus unleashed on the 3D world. The good news is that if you really understood the concepts from Math 133, Math 140 and Math 141, then this class will mostly extend those concepts. The bad news is that, if you didn’t understand the concepts from 133, 140 and 141, but focused instead on being able to answer questions (maybe with a little help from Uncle Wolfram?!), then you’ll have a bit of review to do. Fortunately, I can definitely help you regardless of where you fall on this spectrum!

In particular, this class has an opaque structure that can make it hard for first-time students to know what topics are really the most important. Not only that, but historically the teachers spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing material that is already familiar to students (e.g. sequences and series; vector geometry) and then blitz more advanced, challenging material (e.g. Power-, Maclaurin- and Taylor-Series), when they run out of time. We’ll do just the opposite in the weekly Mastery Lectures: we’ll focus on the new material and develop an intuitive understanding of these topics. In fact, we’ll aim to get ahead of the class right from the start so that students can get more out of their class lectures. &nd if you’re worried about those “familiar” topics I mentioned above, fear not – I’ll still provide you with everything you need to learn that material so you feel totally comfortable in this class.

It is relatively easy to succeed in this class; however, many students wait too late to get the help they need and don’t have enough time to master the material before Mid Term and can find this stressful and discouraging (though, even then, there is hope!). This creates unnecessary stress for the second half of the semester, which only makes things more difficult than they have to be. As with any McGill math class, there isn’t really time to go back to refresh on early topics later on in the semester, so be sure to not only understand, but really master the topics as they are presented throughout the semeste. This will also make future classes like Math 263, Math 264 and Math 265 much easier.

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Upcoming Sessions For McGill MATH 262 Intermediate Calculus Fall 2017:

The first group is always scheduled on the weekend, generally at the same time every week, on campus in McLennan Library. Once there are enough students for a second group, it will be scheduled during the week.

No upcoming events

                                                            

What others are saying about our sessions:

Finding the right teacher is really important, but it’s not easy to know what to expect. Here are some unsolicited comments from recent McGill Math 262 students. You can find more reviews from past students on the tutorials page. Ask around: we work hard to make sure that all of our students do the best they can!

“Illustrations using physical objects to explain the ‘level curve’ and imaginative illustrations really helped clarify the material. I liked the use of many examples. It makes the content much easier to understand.”

“The simple, direct and easy-going approach adopted by the tutor made me more relaxed about math – leading to a clearer way of thinking and solving problems faster.”

“Jacob is an exceptional teacher: he expects more from us then we know ourselves to be capable of; he’s good humoured; hard-working and committed not only to his students’ success but that they accomplish more than just a good grade.”

“Everything covered was really clear. I didn’t understand partial derivatives before this, so all of the examples for that topic were great. Thanks!”

“I know most people are probably Grieve-ing for their grades right now but I found the final difficult but manageable.

Just wanted so say thanks for the help this semester with ODES. The emphasis you put on theory was extremely useful for this class especially on the final.

Thanks again Bro-dry for the time and effort you put into the sessions and I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a math tutor. Also quiz apparently went better than I originally thought: I got 100%!”

– Laurent G. MATH 263 Fall 2014

“Thanks again for all the work you’re putting into these tutorials. It’s really making a difference as far as learning and really understanding the material goes … Jacob is an excellent instructor. He takes care to ensure we truly understand the material and can derive the equations needed on our own.

His sessions are clear, concise, and engaging, much better than any materials supplied by the professors or math texts.

I highly recommend him to anyone having issues intuitively understanding the materials in class.”

  – Zachary K.MATH 263 Fall 2014

“Just wanted to keep you updated as you asked about my grade! I ended up getting an A- which I am extremely happy about so thank you again so much for your help, would have never been able to do so well without it!”

  – Cassie E.Winter 2014

“Got an A! Thanks for the help I’m so relieved woooooow!”

  – J. ArnetteWinter 2014

“Comparing my Calc 1 results (C) and Calc 2 results (B+) all I can say is you saved by butt! and I am very grateful for that. Thank you!!!!”

  – Dana M.Winter 2014

“I passed. Literally almost threw my computer in the air I was so relieved. I’m pumped – Thanks so much.”

  – A. SinghWinter 2014

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