Welcome to the Weekly Mastery Lecture page for Math 141 Calculus 2 at McGill (Winter 2020) taught by Profs. Sidney Trudeau, Erin Beckman &nd Jeremy David Macdonald, with J-Sesh! Here you can register and find information about the sessions.
All the content taught in Jacob’s Math141.com sessions has been catered specifically for Math 141 students at McGill and has helped thousands of them understand the material and succeed in this class.
- Cost &nd Payment info for Math 141 Weekly Mastery Lectures.
- First time trial: if you have never attended one of my sessions previously, your first session is only $20.
Premium Weekly Membership: Best available option for the Math 141 sessions for everything you need to master the material and succeed in your class. Register before January 31st, and get the Premium Weekly Membership for $320 (regular $475).
Included in the Premium Weekly Membership: All the benefits of the Basic Weekly Membership, plus access to my online midterm and final exam prep courses. Bonus: exclusive early access for premium members only.
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!
Basic Weekly Membership: $280.
Included in the Basic Weekly Membership: Total of 7 weekly lectures, but also detailed notes at every session (6-12 pages, 9pt, colour-coded), and priority registration for WebWork Workshops, Midterm Mastery Prep and Final Mastery Prep.
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.
- Individual Sessions: $65/session, including all relevant notes; subject to space; cancellations must be made min. 48h prior to the session. For additional information, get in touch using the contact form.
N.B. All payments are non-refundable; for additional details, please contact Jacob@Math141.com.
- Everything you need you know about Math 141
This is one of my favourite courses to teach: it is a first taste of integral calculus and the clever extension of the core concept of calculus (viz. that straight lines can be used to approximate curved lines over relatively short distances), and when presented properly, can be both intuitive and even enjoyable (yes, actually!).
As with many other McGill math classes, the challenge is that the pacing of the class doesn’t reflect the relative importance of topics, and you have little-to-no sense of what is to come later in the semester. As such, although you may not be totally confident about the various methods of integration, you figure you’ll be able to iron out the details later on in the class because, for the first half of the class, it seems like all that will be covered are various methods of integration. Unfortunately, methods of integration are only the starting point, and it’s important to completely master them early on.
After the methods of integration are introduced (by inspection; u-sub; by-parts; trig-integrals; trig-subs and partial fractions), advanced problems will require the combined use of multiple methods. Next, the course will look at applications of the integral to volumes of revolution; calculating bounded areas; arc-length; surface area; continuous, weighted averages and then all of these topics will be seen not only in familiar Cartesian coordinates, but also in a new coordinate system called Polar Coordinates, as well as a new form for describing curves called Parametric Functions. In all of these topics, the ability to integrate any expression is the last step and should be, ideally, taken for granted.
&nd the class doesn’t end there! After blitzing all of the above, you (who, by now, are starting to get a little nervous) are blindsided by the incredibly important topics of Infinite Sequences and Infinite Series, which can appear to have no relation to the earlier material whatsoever and represent a substantial amount of material on their own; material that will form the starting point for Math 222, Math 262 and play an important role in Math 263, Math 314 and Math 315.
Whether or not you plan to join the Mastery Lectures, if you want to succeed in this class, it is critical that you master each topic as it is presented and that you revisit earlier material throughout the term so that when the most challenging material arrives at the end of the class, you can give it your full attention without worrying about ironing out the details of earlier material before the final. In the weekly sessions, I’ll incorporate regular review of earlier material throughout the entire semester and push you to master the material throughout the entire semester so that when the final exam arrives, you’ll feel confident in your ability to succeed.
- About Math 141 Weekly Mastery Lectures
- Time Management: even if you’re keeping up with the class on your own, the Math141.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 Uncle Wolfram for Webworks, McGill & Montreal have their way of always offering up plenty of reasons that derail the best laid plans. So you make a financial commitment to a weekly session that helps you reach your goal. It’s like the gym-membership model: you can workout on your own, but it’s a lot easier to reach your goals when you surround yourself with others who are working towards the same end. 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. If you feel you’re terrible or hopeless at math, or just don’t enjoy it, 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 Mastery Lectures will go a long way to rehabilitating your relationship with math. Whatever your level, I want to help you reach your goals in this course – there’s so much more to gain than just a good grade in rising to the challenge.
- Top of the Class: many students who attend the Weekly Mastery Lectures don’t want to just pass the class, they want to understand the material at an intuitive level, &nd they want to ace the class. The weekly lectures 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).
The Weekly Mastery Lectures for Math 141 are ~2h, small-group, sessions that will help you master the concepts and theory presented in the course lectures. They include detailed, typeset notes that explain the terminology and notation. The notes are carefully designed as interactive documents that provide you with a chance to engage the material during the session so you can test your understanding, and also include representative, fully-solved problems and additional practice problems.
During the Mastery Lectures 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 you 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 Weekly Mastery Lectures will help you with: