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Calculus 3: Course information for Spring 2014


Our main reference will be the 4th edition of Calculus: early transcendental functions by Robert T. Smith and Roland B. Minton. Do note that much of the course content will not be directly based on the textbook material. At times, you will be expected to rely on your own lecture notes.

Most lectures will be followed by a homework assignment. I have gathered all the homework assignments into a Calculus 3 Packet which is available online. The access to this packet is password protected; contact Iva to get the password. Homework will be due twice a week: on Mondays and Thursdays, by 5pm or by whatever time my office hours are over. Each homework assignment will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal.

Late or missed assignments
I understand that you might find yourself in a situation where you cannot complete a homework assignment on time. You will nevertheless be expected to turn in what you have by the due date and immediately inform me about your situation. Assuming you are making a good faith effort to stay current in the class, you will be given an opportunity to make up an incomplete assignment.

Exams and such
There will be two in-class exams, one evening exam, and a cumulative final exam, each of which will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal. In-class exams will take place on Friday, February 14th and Tuesday, March 11th. The evening exam will be offered on Thursday, April 17th; for those with class conflicts or the like there will be an opportunity to take the exam on the morning of Friday, April 18th. The time of the final exam is Wednesday, May 7th, from 8:30am to 11:30am.

Grading scheme
For each rubric under Educational Goals you will receive a letter grade determined by your performance on the corresponding portion(s) of exams, homework assignments etc. In addition, a certain portion of your grade will correspond to the effort you put into participating and staying current in the class; students with a substantial number of class absences and/or late assignments can expect a slightly lowered course grade. The final course grade will be a weighted average of the above:

    Goal 1: 25%
    Goal 2: 25%
    Goal 3: 25%
    Goal 4: 20%
    Participation: 5%

For the description of letter grades and their numerical equivalents please refer to our College Catalog. Please note that a professor has a right to withdraw a student for the reasons of non-attendence. I reserve the right to fail any student who exhibits an extreme lack of understanding of multivariable and vector calculus on the final exam. I also reserve the right to boost the course grade of any student who presents an impressive amount of progress throughout the semester.