MATH 265  Section M1     Fall 2017

    Calculus III (4 Credits)

MTWF 1:10-2:00PM     190 Carver

: PAUL SACKS                                        OFFICE: 436 Carver                                             PHONE: 294-8143

OFFICE HOURS: Mon, Fri 11-12, Tues, Wed 2-3, or by appointment.


TEXTBOOKSThomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 12th ed., by M. Weir and J. Hass


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 12-16 in the textbook. 

Three in-class exams   18% of grade each
Homework   9% of grade
12% of grade
Final Exam 25% of grade

An overall score of 90% or better guarantees at least an A-; 80% or better guarantees at least a B-; 70% or better guarantees at least a C-; 60% or better guarantees at least a D. These thresholds might be lowered at the end of the semester. No individual exams will be curved.

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 make-up 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 4-8): Note that there will be a quiz during this week and 2-3 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.

If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Resources (DR) office, located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076, 515-294-6624.