MATH 158
Calculus III - Fall 2011

Department of Mathematics
HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Richard E. Bayne


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[ Text and Required Materials | Course Objectives | Course Content | Pace Sheet | Pre-requisites | Cooperative Learning Groups | Requirements | Administrative Policies | Office Hours ]

Text and Required Materials

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Course Content

This course extends ideas of single variable calculus to higher dimensions and is aimed primarily at students whose majors are science, engineering or mathematics. The focus is on multi-dimensional calculus, including the study of functions of several variables, partial derivatives, and optimization problems using various techniques. We study vectors, vector-valued functions, parametric curves and three dimensional surfaces.

Approximate pacing of topics
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Course Objectives

This is the third course in a three-semester sequence. The primary aim of the sequence is to help students learn, understand, explain, and use calculus. In addition, it is desired that students will improve their mathematical skills, further their understanding of mathematics and its applications to the sciences, as well as increase both their intellectual curiosity and their desire to learn more about the value of mathematics in general and calculus in particular. This third course concentrates on functions of several variables, vectors and vector-valued functions. At the completion of this course, the student should be to:

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Prerequisites

To be successful in this course, you should have mastery of college algebra. You should have received a satisfactory grade in MATH 156 (Calculus I), and MATH 157 (Calculus II). It is assumed that students are proficient in standard Calculus I and II topics, including continuity, taking limits, finding derivatives of complicated functions, using derivatives, calculating definite integrals, and integration techniques. It builds tools for describing curves, surfaces, solids and other geometrical objects in three dimensions. Please see me if you have any questions about your preparation for this course.

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Cooperative Learning Groups

A part of this course may be run using a cooperative learning approach. Classes can be highly interactive and vigorous class participation is expected. Early in the semester, each student will be assigned to a group of four to five students.

Working well in a group is an important skill. Some of you may enjoy the group work more than others, but all of you will benefit from further developing this skill. After graduation, most of you will be working in jobs which will require you to function as a member of a project team. One objective of group work in this course is to help you to develop skills in working effectively as part of a team. Another is to encourage discussion about the concepts.

One of the primary objectives of this course is to help you learn to think about problems mathematically and to solve the problems on your own. Working with your colleagues in this class and talking about problems with your group members are strategies to help you better understand a problem situation from several points of view. Experience has shown that those students that actually do work with their groups not only do better in the course, they also learn more. Those who for one reason or another refuse to fully participate in their cooperative group invariably do worse.

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Requirements

Regular attendance, participation, homework:

Regular attendance is expected. Some material will be presented in class from a different perspective than that given in the text. "Getting someone's notes" is a poor substitute for being present and involved in class discussion. However, if you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. Make a friend!

 Each student will be expected to do the following:
                       1. Attend every class.
                       2. Devote a minimum of 12 hours of study per week to the course.
                       3. Come to each class on time and ready to participate.
                       4. Be willing to help your classmates.
                       5. Be able to explain concepts to the instructor or to other students.
                       6. Meet with group members at least twice each week to
                          review and discuss course material.
                       7. Do all class activities and homework assignments.

       Please note that only under the most unusual circumstances will
       class activities or homework assignments be accepted after the due date.

EXAMS:
There will be four hour exams each worth 100 points. The material to be covered on each test will be announced in advance of the scheduled test date. Tests are tentatively scheduled for the following dates, but please note that these dates may change depending on class progress and unforseen circumstances.

                       Exam #1 week  4                 Exam #2 week  8
                       Exam #3 week 12                 Exam #4 week 15
                               Final Exam      DEC 6

Please note: ALL EXAMS COUNT --- NO SCORES WILL BE DISCARDED.

Please also note that these dates may change depending on class progress and unforseen circumstances.

Ordinarily, there are no make-up tests; exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You must determine BEFORE the exam date whether your excuse will be acceptable.

Generally, incomplete grades will not be given. If there is an emergency which causes a student to be unable to finish course requirements, the emergency must be documented by the student's advisor or by the advisory center.

If you have concerns about your progress or ability to keep up with course assignments, please discuss these with me as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT until late in the semester.

Final Exam: 200 points
The final exam is cumulative and is listed in the University's class schedule.
WeBWorK:
In addition to homework problems that will be assigned from the text, there will be continuing assignments of problems on line using WeBWorK. WeBWorK is an online system that allows you to work homework problems on the web. You will have the opportunity to work the problems more than once and generally will be able to work them until you get the correct answer. You should read through the introduction to WeBWorK before the end of the first week of classes.

Homework
Homework will count for 100 points. These points will be determined by work done from the textbook and work done on WeBWorK, as described above. The percentage from each is generally weighted in the student's favor, usually 55% of the greater and 45% of the lesser.

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Administrative Policies

GRADES Grades will be determined as follows:

       A        85% - 100% of total points available
       B        75% - 84% of total points available
       C        62% - 74% of total points available
       D        50% - 61% of total points available
       F        0% - 49% of total points available

Academic Integrity Policy

Students who cheat violate their own integrity and the integrity of the university by claiming credit for work they have not done and knowledge they do not possess. All students are expected to recognize and to abide by the policy on academic integrity found in the Student Handbook. Because you will be asked to do a lot of work in collaboration with your group members, I will ask you to sign all homework assignments attesting to the fact that you have actively participated in the work.

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Office Hours

Although the Mathematics Department office is located in 204 ASB, my office is located in 236 Annex III, which has an entrance on the corner of 4th and College Streets. My office can also be reached by entering from either of the two south-facing doors which are accessible from the driveway between Annex III and the C. B. Powell building. As a rule, I am available for students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. My office hours for fall 2011 are If you are unable to meet at these times, it is possible to make an appointment at a different time that will be convenient for both of us.

If you need to reach me between classes:

I regularly check email several times a day both from home and at school, but I check voice messages only when I am on campus.
The easiest way to contact me is to send an e-mail message to Richard Bayne.

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Approximate Pacing of Topics

I. Intro & Review of Previous Material weeks 1 & 2
A. Goals for course
B. Working in Groups
C. Review of Ideas from Calc I & II
 
II. Curves & Surfaces weeks 3, 4 & 5
A. Polar Coordinates
B. Parametric Equations
C. Vectors
 
III. Functions of Several Variables weeks 6, 7 & 8
A.Surfaces & Level Curves
B. Partial Differentiation
C. Applications of Partial Derivatives
 
IV. Multiple Integration weeks 9 & 10
A.Double Integrals
B. Iterated Integrals
C. Applications of Double Integrals
D. Triple Integrals
E. Transformation of Coordinates
 
V. Line & Surface Integrals weeks 11 & 12
A. Line Integrals in R2
B. Line Integrals in R3
C. Surface Integrals
 
VI. Some Classic Theorems weeks 13 & 14
A. Green's Theorem
B. Stokes' Theorem
C. Gauss' Theorem
 

This page was updated August 2011.