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MA231 Calculus III Fall 2019
Dr. K Kavanagh, Science Center 361a, [email protected]
Dr. Kanaththa (Sula) Priyankara, Science Center 347, [email protected]
Teaching Assistant: Kyle Connelly, Science Center 388, [email protected]
Office Hours: See Moodle
Required Text: James Stewart Calculus Early Transcendentals, 8e with Webassign
access.
Course Description: Vectors and vector valued functions, functions of several variables,
partial differentiation—including the chain rule, gradients, maxima and minima, multiple
integration, polar and spherical coordinates, vector calculus, Green’s Theorem,
Divergence Theorem, and Stoke’s Theorem. (Chapters 12-16)
Course Objectives: In addition to showing competency in the topics above, by the end
of the semester you should have a better understanding of calculus and its use in applied
sciences and engineering, be able to solve real world problems using calculus, explain
your solution process and express mathematical ideas effectively, and analyze your
results to draw appropriate conclusions.
Grading Policy: Letter grades are determined based on the following minimums:
A+(96), A(90),A-(88),B+(85), B(80),B-(78), C+(75), C(70),C-(68), D(60). F will be
assigned for course average below 60. It is YOUR responsibility to make note of your
progress as the semester unfolds and make attempts to improve your grade. Do not wait
until it is too late to get help. We cannot do anything for you if you seek help the last
week of class.
Your grade will be computed as follows:
Hourly exams (4) 60% (15% each)
Final (cumulative) 10%
Project
5%
Homework
10% (Webassign and selected collected problems)
Recitation/Quizzes 15% (Do not skip—this will hurt your average)
Project: Projects are designed to test your ability to tackle something more complex
than a standard homework. Projects will be more involved than typical homework
problems. A successful project will require you to use deeper problem solving
approaches, combine knowledge from multiple sections of the course, and will emphasize
effective communication and technical writing.
Homework: You learn Calculus by doing problems and so it is obvious to the instructors
that
HOMEWORK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE COURSE LEARNING.
The homework strategy for this course is divided into three components:
(1) Suggested homework will be posted on Moodle daily. It is your responsibility to do
these problems. The recitation quizzes will be closely related to the homework from the
text, although that homework itself will not be graded—basically, you need to do it to
pass.
(2) WEBASSIGN, a web based homework question and grading will be used as the
primary source of EVALUATING your understanding of basic exercise material. The
questions are automatically graded, and the instructors will use these grades as a primary
component to your homework score. The program will tell you if you are correct, and
will give you several opportunities to fix any incorrect answers before it “locks out.”
Exams: All exams are
IN CLASS.
You are allowed 50 minutes. Do not be late!
All exams are on a Friday: Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 15, and Dec 6.
Academic Integrity (this should go without saying but just to remind you):
"The Clarkson student will not present, as his or her own, the work of another, or any work
that has not been honestly performed, will not take any examination by improper means,
and will not aid and abet another in any dishonesty." (Clarkson Regulations)
You are welcome, and encouraged, to work with other students on the homework. However,
you must hand in your own work, and it must represent your own understanding of the
assignment.
Finally: If you are on your cell phone during class then you are distracting those
around you, especially me. Please be respectful.
Simply don’t do it.
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