Math 275 Calculus III Department of Mathematics Towson University 

Calculus III 

Fall 2009 

GENERAL 


COURSE DESCRIPTION 
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 multivariable 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 vectorvalued 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 3D objects. Graphing calculators will not be allowed on the exams.  
GRADING  There will be written homework, webbased homework, Mathematica labs, two inclass 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, 7:309:30pm 

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 78 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.


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 makeup 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 2629 Last day of classes: December 11 
GOOD LUCK!