Math 225, Spring 2015
Course description: The course is devoted to the study of multivariable calculus. We begin the course by looking at parametric and equations and other ways of viewing curves in the Cartesian Plane. We then introduce vectors and vector functions. We will go through techniques and applications of differentiation and integration of multivariable functions and other coordinate systems. Finally we will conclude with a rigorous study of vector calculus. Click here for a more detailed schedule
Instructor: Barry Balof
Office: 236 Olin Hall
Location: 340 Olin Hall Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-2:20 PM or 2:30-3:50 PM
Textbook: Calculus by David Guichard. We will be covering chapters 10 and 12-16
Homework: We will assign homework from each section of the text. We may discuss it in class, though it will not be collected. For each section, I will assign 7-10 WeBWork problems, which you will be responsible to complete. More details on WeBWork will follow in class. I will also offer occasional challenge problems for extra credit.
In addition, there will be a weekly quiz, given each Friday, over the previous week's material. These quizzes will be approximately 40 minutes long and the problems will be similar to those seen on the homework exercises.
TURNING IN HOMEWORK LATE WILL RESULT IN A SUBSTANTIAL PENALTY. Please tell me in advance if you need to turn in an assignment late. Your lowest homework score will be dropped. I will also drop your lowest quiz grade.
Tests: This class will have two exams, as well as the final exam. Dates are approximate. All exams will be announced at least one week in advance.
First exam: February 20th
Second exam: April 17th
Final exam: Thursday, May 14 at 2PM or Saturday, May 16, at 9AM Note that you mat take your exam with either section. As this is the case, no earlier finals may be given.
Grading: Grades will be assigned on a rougly 90-80-70 scale, with grades weighted as follows.
20 % Each
Homework & Class Participation
Academic Honesty: Students are allowed, and in fact, strongly encouraged, to collaborate on homework assignments. However, the work that you turn in must be your own. No copying from any source! Exams and quizzes, with rare exceptions, will be closed book, closed notes, and closed colleague. You may use a calculator for your exams but you may use it for arithmetic, trigonometry, logarithmic, and exponential functions only.
Special Needs: Any student with a disability for whom special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss this with the professor as soon as possible.