Calculus III (Math 211)
Syllabus - Fall 2017

Sections MWF 8:00-8:50, DSC 110
Communication Office Hours: posted online, or by appointment
Announcements may be made via e-mail and the class web page:
Textbook Essential Calculus - 2E by James Stewart
Technology You will need to use software to complete homework, quizzes, projects, and tests.
  • Bring a scientific calculator to class and tests.
  • We will use Wolfram Alpha, Geogebra, Sage, Jupyter, or other software packages. Demonstrations and instructions will be given.
Description Math 211/313 extends the concepts of calculus to higher dimensions.
  • Calc III will survey the following topics: multivariable functions, partial derivatives, function approximation, vector geometry, curves and surfaces, double/triple integrals, parametric equations, polar coordinates, length/area, sequences and series,
  • Calc IV will explore Calc III concepts deeper, while studying convergence, motion in space, optimization, applications of integration, vector fields, div/grad/curl
We will try to develop intuition via visualization and applications.
Prerequisites Calculus I and II
Graded Assignments
Mid-term Tests
Final Exam
Guaranteed grades are 90-80-70-60 for A, B, C, D respectively.
Participation You are expected to attend every class period, work diligently, and interact productively with your classmates.
  • When you must be absent, get notes from a classmate. You are responsible for all course material, as well as any in-class assignments that may be given.
  • Make arrangements with me if you have an excused absence, and miss a quiz or graded assignment.
  • Do not fall behind on your homework or graded assignments.
  • Make regular visits to office hours to review your work and ask questions.
Quizzes We will have in-class quizzes (one or two a week), designed to make sure you become fluent in basic concepts and computational tasks.
  • Quiz topics (but not necessarily dates) will be announced in advance. They will reference the lectures, book, homework, or other examples. Once a topic has been announced, it is eligible for all subsequent quizzes.
  • Each quiz will be timed, and open-book, but not necessarily open-computer.
  • In-class quizzes may not be made up, but will not count against you if the absence is excused.
  • Each quiz is worth 10 points as a graded assignment.
Homework Homework assignments from your textbook will be posted on the course website. Unless otherwise specified, I will not collect or grade these problems, but you are strongly encouraged to discipline yourself to work them as deliberate practice.
  • Organize your homework so that it can be periodically reviewed for a completion grade. Be neat and orderly, showing all work.
  • Quick homework questions may be asked in class, but come by office hours for more extensive help.
  • Doing, and understanding, your HW is the best way to prepare yourself for the quizzes and tests. Math is not a spectator sport. Each student should plan to come by office hours to demonstrate that he/she has completed and understands his/her homework, or to ask questions about problems he/she cannot figure out.
Graded Assignments These include quizzes and designated problems or projects.
  • Each assignment will have a designated point value, with which to compute a weighted average grade.
  • More substantial "projects" will cover applications or further investigations of course topics. These may be more challenging, and have more rigorous standards, so will accordingly be worth more points.
  • All submissions must be professionally prepared according to instructions.
  • You are encouraged (and may be required) to use technology to prepare graded assignments.
  • Solutions must be complete, clear, and correct to receive full credit. All supporting work or documentation must be shown.
  • Some assignments may involve group work, or presenting work to the class.
  • Assignments will be collected during class on the due date. Late work is not accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • You are encouraged to discuss problems with fellow classmates, but you may not directly copy graded work.
  • For some assignments, perfection will be required. They will be given an all-or-nothing grade, so ask for feedback (from classmates or the professor) in advance of the due date.
  • Occasionally I will ask to see certain sections of your homework. This will be graded for completion, but not checked for accuracy.
  • There will be three mid-term tests. Tentative test dates are:
    • Fri, Sep 22
    • Fri, Oct 20
    • Fri, Nov 17
  • No unauthorized resources may be used on the tests/exam.
  • If you must miss a test for a valid reason (college sponsored event, documented illness, or professor approved excuse), then you must notify the instructor as soon as possible. Makeup tests must be taken before the following class period. The validity of an excuse is at the instructor's discretion. You must notify the professor before missing a scheduled test. Unexcused missed tests will be recorded with a grade of zero.
Final Exam The final exam is comprehensive. Consult the college exam schedule for date and time.
Academic Integrity