MATH 265  Section R1     Fall 2016

    Calculus III (4 Credits)

MTThF 3:10-4:00PM     002 Carver

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

OFFICE HOURS: Mon, Fri 2-3, Tues, Thurs 11-12, 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   20% of grade each
Homework   9% of grade
6% of grade
Final Exam25% of grade

Final course grades will not be curved, so you are not in competition with your classmates, nor does their performance influence positively or negatively any assessment of your performance.

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 9, October 7, November 4 and December 6. 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 22, October 20 and  November 17 (all Thursdays). Exam problems will be similar to homework problems, except will not be multiple choice. 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 departmental, and comprehensive over the whole course. The scheduled time for the final exam is Wednesday December 14, 12:00-2:00PM. 

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 5-9): Note that there will be a quiz during this week and 2-3 of the daily homework assignments will come due.

CALCULATORS: Calculators are allowed, but not required, on quizzes and exams unless otherwise stated. During quizzes and exams you may not use a calculator which is also a communications device.  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. As in any other mathematics course you should expect to have to demonstrate your competence by showing your work.

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 a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Disability Resources (DR) office for information on appropriate policies and procedures. DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076; their phone is 515-294-7220.