EMAIL: psacks@iastate.edu PHONE: 2948143
OFFICE HOURS: Mon, Fri 1112, Tues, Wed 23, or by appointment.
CLASS WEB PAGE: www.public.iastate.edu/~psacks/classes/m265/math265.html
TEXTBOOKS: Thomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 12th ed., by M. Weir and J. Hass
COURSE PREREQUISITES: MATH 166
COURSE
OBJECTIVES:
The course is all about differential and integral calculus for
functions of more than one variable. A detailed listing of sections to
be covered is here,
and course
objectives are given here.
COURSE CONTENT: We will cover most of Chapters 1216 in the textbook.
Three inclass exams  18% of grade each  
Homework  9% of grade  
Quizzes 
12% of grade 

Final Exam  25% of grade 
HOMEWORK: The MyMathLab online homework system will be used for most of the homework. Working these problems in a careful and timely manner is the most important way you have to learn the material. Normally a new assignment will appear on the day of each lecture in which new material is covered, and due 7 days later. It is fine to discuss the homework with other students, but the homework answers you submit should be the result of your own work. Click here for a few more details about MyMathLab.
QUIZZES:
There will be four quizzes given, each taking up about half the class,
on September 6, October 4, November 1 and December 6 (all Wednesdays).
The lowest of
these four scores will be dropped.
EXAMS:
There will be three midterm exams taking place
during the regular class periods on September 20, October 18
and November 15 (all Wednesdays). Exam problems
will be similar to homework problems, except there will not be multiple
choice problems. I will clarify a week
or so ahead of time exactly what
topics will be covered on each exam. Policies concerning makeup exams
will follow the general Mathematics
department guidelines.
The final exam will be departmental, and comprehensive over
the whole
course. The scheduled time for the final exam will be announced when
available.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: Although attendance will not be taken, regular attendance is normally a prerequisite for success. Office hours are for those of you who need additional help beyond that given in the class; they are not substitutes for class.
DEAD WEEK (December 48): Note that there will be a quiz during this week and 23 of the daily homework assignments will come due.
CALCULATORS: Calculators are meant as a convenience for the routine aspects of problem solving, but not as a replacement for the understanding of the concepts and methods which make up this course. All quiz and test questions are written so they can be done without the aid of a calculator; so no calculators will be allowed. You will, however, find calculators sometimes useful when doing homework,
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones and other communications devices should be turned off during class time. In the event that a student needs to keep his/her cell phone on for an emergency, please notify the instructor before class. During class time, laptop computers or tablets should only be used for class appropriate purposes.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic dishonesty is very serious. Any case of cheating, plagiarism, etc, will be handled as described in the Student Disciplinary Regulations.
OTHER RESOURCES: Besides my own office hours, there will be scheduled office hours for some of the other MATH 265 instructors which you can go to. Click here, and look for the MATH 265 tab at the top, for the current schedule. The Supplemental Instruction program will also have some MATH 265 sessions. Course information and announcements can be found via Blackboard Learn where you can also keep track of your grades.