01:640:136 - Calculus II for the Life and Social Sciences

Nature of the Course

Math 136 is the second semester of the Math 135-136 sequence for students studying Life Sciences or Social Sciences. Math 136 is designed specifically for students who want a second semester of calculus for their technical background, but who do not intend to take further courses in Calculus or Differential Equations. Therefore, Math 136 offers a mixture of traditional Calculus II topics and of additional topics—such as mulitivariate functions and constrained optimization using Lagrange multipliers—that students are likely to meet in scientific applications.

Life Sciences majors may also take Math 138 to fulfill their requirement of a second semester Calculus course. To decide which course they would prefer, Life Sciences majors should also visit the Math 138 web page.

To include the additional material described above, Math 136 excludes many topics that are needed in a third semester calculus course such as Math 251. For this reason, Math 136 is not a CALC2 equivalent course. That is, Math 136 will not serve as a prerequisite for Math 251 or any other course requiring a CALC2 prerequisite, except Math 250. The same applies to Math 138.

Math 136 is not a CALC2 equivalent course.

The only courses satisfying the CALC2 prerequisite are

These are different versions of the second semester of the sequence Calculus for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences, a traditional second semester calculus course that prepares students for higher level mathematics courses. Students who may wish to take Math 251 should follow Math 135 with Math 152, not Math 136 (and not Math 138). This applies to students in certain programs in the Life Sciences (in particular, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), which require Math 251. More information on the transition from Math 135 to Math 152 can be found on the web page Mathematics Placement Advice.

In summary: If you intend to take higher level courses requiring CALC2, do not take Math 136 or Math 138; take Math 152 instead.

Text and Syllabus

New Text Beginning 2014

There will be a new textbook for Math 136 beginning in 2014, titled CALCULUS Special Edition, Chapters 5-8,11,12,14 (Sixth Edition), by K. Smith, M. Strauss and M. Toda and published by Kendall Hunt (ISBN# 0-534-37843-9) This is be a custom edition for Rutgers University, extracted from the larger (and more expensive) text CALCULUS by Smith, Strauss and Toda.  Here is the current departmental syllabus for the course. Your instructor will supply his or her own version of this syllabus.

Textbook:  For current textbook please refer to our Master Textbook List page

*Note: Through Fall 2001 Math 136 followed a syllabus similar to the Math 152 syllabus and was accepted as an equivalent for CALC II.

Previous semesters

  • Spring 2014: Shawn Threlfall & Richard Voepel
  • Fall 2013:  Prof. Sosa & Shawn Threlfall
  • Spring 2013: Prof. Sosa
  • Fall 2012: Sara Soffer
  • Spring 2012: Prof. Sosa
  • Fall 2011: Prof. Buch
  • Spring 2011: Prof. Noone
  • Fall 2010: Prof. Sosa
  • Summer 2010:
    C1: Jose Sosa
    F6: Vikram Duvurri
  • Spring 2010: Prof. Sosa
  • Fall 2009: Hanjun Kim
  • Summer 2009: 
    C1: Jana Gevertz
    F6: Shawn Threlfall
  • Spring 2009: Vikram Duvvurri & Brian Nakamura
  • Fall 2008: Mine Subasi
  • Summer 2008:
    C1:James Dibble
    F6: Mine Subasi
  • Spring 2008: Profs. Irvine, Venugopalan
  • Fall 2007: Prof. Herschkorn
  • Spring 2007: Prof. Rainsford
  • Fall 2006: Prof. Rainsford
  • Spring 2005: Prof. Buhl
  • Spring 2004: Profs. Ocone and Gundy
  • Fall 2003: ??
  • Fall 2002: Prof. Goldstein
  • Spring 2002: ??
  • Spring 2000: Dov Chelst
  • Fall 1999: Prof. Woodward.
    Text: Larson Hoestler Edwards

New Text Beginning 2014

Earlier Text (used from Spring 2004 to Spring 2014) with this Syllabus:
Strauss, Bradley, Smith; Calculus Prentice Hall
Text used from Spring 2001 to Fall 2003, with this Syllabus:
Soo T. Tan; Applied Calculus; Brooks/Cole (Fifth edition), 2002 (976 pp.);

Schedule of Sections

Disclaimer: Posted for informational purposes only

This material is posted by the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Rutgers New Brunswick for informational purposes. While we try to maintain it, information may not be current or may not apply to individual sections. The authority for content, textbook, syllabus, and grading policy lies with the current instructor.

Information posted prior to the beginning of the semester is frequently tentative, or based on previous semesters. Textbooks should not be purchased until confirmed with the instructor. For generally reliable textbook information—with the exception of sections with an alphabetic code like H1 or T1, and topics courses (197,395,495)—see the textbook list.