Math 275 Calculus III
Department of Mathematics
Towson University

Calculus III

Fall 2009

Instructor: Alexei Kolesnikov
Office: YR 350
Office hours: Mondays 1:30-3pm; Wednesdays 1:30-3pm; or by appointment
Schedule: Class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8:15pm in YR 103

This is the third course in the Calculus series. The idea is to generalize the basic notions of Calculus (limits, derivatives, and integrals) to a multi-variable setting. We will start with the basics of 3D geometry (coordinate systems, vectors, operations on vectors, curves, etc.). Next we will learn the differentiation and integration for the multivariable functions; and finish by developing Calculus for vector-valued multivariable fuinctions.

TEXT Math 275: Calculus III Lecture notes by Angel Kumchev.
CALCULATOR Graphing calculators will not be terribly useful in this course. Most of the computations and graphing is better done on a computer. You are encouraged to use Mathematica not just for the labs, but also to help visualize the 3-D objects. Graphing calculators will not be allowed on the exams.
GRADING There will be written homework, web-based homework, Mathematica labs, two in-class tests, and a comprehensive final examination. The higher test score will contribute 25% toward the final grade, the lower score will count 15%. Written homework, web homework, and labs will count 10% each in the final grade, and the final will be 30%.
TEST DATES Test 1: September 30
Test 2: November 9
Final:  December 14, 7:30-9:30pm
WRITTEN HOMEWORK Written homework will be assigned weekly. It usually will be due on Mondays, at the beginning of the class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make your homework appear on my desk at the start of the class.
WEB HOMEWORK The goal of web homework is to let you practice the routine exercises and give you an immediate feedback in case you are doing something wrong. A typical web homework assignment will have 7-8 problems. You have up to 6 attempts to solve a problem correctly. If you managed to solve all but one problem correctly, this will still count as full credit for that assignment at the end of the course. Still, it is a good idea to work through all the problems.

The link for web homework is posted on BlackBoard. You can access it either through this page or using the Web Homework button in the BlackBoard site.

Most of web homework assignments will be due on Fridays. Please try to resolve any questions you have with the assignment by Friday morning. Most likely, the last minute questions (after 4pm on Friday the assignment is due) will not be answered before the homework is graded.

MATHEMATICA LABS This is an important component of the course. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. You can get your own free copy of Mathematica 7.0 (otherwise most legal copies cost more than $100). I highly recommend installing it on your own computer. This way, you will not be restricted to Stephens Lab hours to complete assignments.
2. Stephens Satellite Laboratory (YR 109) has computers with Mathematica installed and a printer you can use to print out your lab assignments (for free).
3. Labs usually will be due on Wednesdays at the start of the class.

COURSE POLICIES Class attendance is expected. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the material and the homework assignment from your fellow students.

You should expect to spend a considerable amount of time working on this course outside of class. At the same time, try to be efficient. If you are spending a lot of time on homework or lab assignments without making much progress, talk to me.

You are encouraged to discuss your homework and lab assignments with each other; however, solutions should be written down separately. You should not read anybody else's homework or lab or show your work to anybody else.

Tests are to be written strictly individually, everyone caught cheating on any test will have his course grade decreased by one letter grade.

Normally, no make-up tests will be given; if for some reason you are not able to take a test, please, let me know as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about the course, be sure to discuss them with me during my office hours or by appointment.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES Drop without W deadline: September 9
Drop deadline: November 11
Thanksgiving break: November 26-29
Last day of classes: December 11