MATH 210 Calculus III Martin Flashman
Fall, 1997 M/WF 12:40 -1:50 P.M. UANX 150 / SD 017
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***PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (One Year of Calculus) or permission.
- TEXTS: Calculus 3rd Edition by James Stewart.
X(PLORE) for MS-DOS or MAC by David Meredith. (optional)
- SCOPE: This course will deal with the elementary theory and
application of what is often described as "Calculus of several variables
and vector calculus." We will cover essentially the same topics treated
by other sections of this course (Chapters 9, 11-14.4), though we will
cover some topics that the other sections will not cover. Supplementary
notes and text will be provided as appropriate.
- TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: There will be several tests in this
will be an oral quiz on the chain rule, several reality
quizzes and cooperative problem assignments, two self-scheduled
exams, and two special "team" assignments which I will grade
Homework assignments are made regularly and should be
passed in on the due date. Work is graded
problems to be redone. Redone work should be returned for
- Exams will be announced at least one week in advance.
- THE FINAL EXAMINATION WILL BE SELF SCHEDULED.
- The final exam will be comprehensive, covering the
- BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE NATURE OF THIS COURSE,
MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY
- It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup
*** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT!
- Writing Assignments: At the beginning of each class you
will submit a
brief statement (at most four sentences) describing the content
previous class and any topics you would like to discuss further
class or individually. I will read these and return them the
Team Activities: Every two weeks your team will be asked to
summary of what we have covered in class. (No more than two
sides of a
paper.) These may be organized in any way you find useful but
be a copy of your class notes. I will read and correct these
returning them. Team participants will receive corrected
summaries will be allowed as references at the final
On alternate weeks teams will submit a response to the
of the week." These will be graded 3, 2 (for OK), 1, or
will be used in determining the 140 points allocated for
The Reading Assignment: Each student is expected to read at
least 3 short
notes or articles from periodicals or the world wide web on
application of the calculus. A short report / synopsis of
and any reactions you have to them will collected on Wednesday,
October 1st, October 29th, and December 3rd.
On December 10th each
student will be expected to make a 5-10 minute oral
presentation based on
one of these readings. You may propose an alternative to the
- GRADES: Final grades will be determined taking into
quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily from
accumulation of points from tests and graded "team"
exams will be worth 100 points each, the team assignments will
be worth 50
points each, and the final exam will be worth 200 points.
- The work on the
daily writing and summaries will be worth 40 points (based on
work and coverage).
- Your reading reports will be worth 30 points.
- The oral presentation will be graded on a honors(10
points)/no credit(0) basis.
- Homework performance will count for 60 points.
- Quizzes and cooperative problem assignments will be used to
determine 140 points.
- The oral quiz on the chain rule will be
graded on a credit(20 points)/no credit(0) basis.
The total points available for the semester is 800. Notice that
only 400 of these points
are from examinations, so regular participation is essential to
good foundation for your grades as well as your learning.
MORE THAN 3 ABSENCES MAY LOWER THE FINAL GRADE FOR POOR
See the course schedule for the dates related to the following:
- no drops will be allowed without "serious
and compelling reasons" and a fee.
- no drops will be allowed.
- Students wishing to be graded with either CR or NC should
make this request through
the recording office.
See the Fall course list for a full list of relevant
- Computers: During this course the computer will be used for many
problems. For this purpose, we will meet in Science D 017, the
Mathematics Department MAC-computer
lab, every Wednesday and Friday at the regularly scheduled hour. We will
use X(PLORE), a powerful and friendly system designed to help learn
calculus with the computer. You will need one 3 1/2" disc on which you can
copy this system and keep your own work. A version of X(PLORE) is also
available for DOS based PC's.
- Graphing Calculators: Though much of our work this semester will
be using the computer, graphing calculators are welcome and highly
recommended. The HP48G anf the TI-92 are particularly useful for some
3-dimensional work though most graphing calculators will be able to do
much of this work.
HP48G's will be available for students to borrow
for the term by arrangement with the Math department. Supplementary
materials will be distributed if needed. If you would like to
purchase one or have one already, let me know.
help with any graphing calculator should plan to bring their
manual with them.
I will try to help
you with your own technology when possible during office hours,
optional "5th hour"s, or by appointment (not in class).
- Optional "5th hour"s: Many students find the third
semester of calculus difficult because of weakness in their
Calculus I, II, and pre-calculus background skills and concept. A
grade of C in Math 110 might indicate this kind of weakness.
Difficulties that might have been ignored or passed over in
previous courses can be a major reason for why things don't make
sense now. If requested I will organize and support additional time with
small (or larger) groups of students for whom some additional work on
these background areas may improve their understanding of
coursework. Later in the semester optional hours may be
available to discuss routine problems from homework and reality
check quizzes as well as using technology. These sessions should
be especially useful for students having difficulty with the work
and wishing to improve through a steady approach to mastering
skills and concepts.
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