MTH 243 Course Webpage - Spring 2013

MTH 243 - Calculus for Functions of Several Variables - Spring 2013

Instructor: Frank Palladino (Lippitt 202B)

Review Exam  -  Exam Information  -  Course Calendar  -  Grading Policy

Course Announcements
  • The Final Exam is currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 11:30 AM 2:30 PM. All exam policies apply to the final exam as well, be sure to read and follow all exam policies below!

Course Materials
Hughes-Hallet et. al., Calculus (Multivariable) 5th Edition

General Course Information
Course Goals. MTH 243 is the third semester of calculus for students of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and others. It is a challenging course with a lot of material to cover, so we will be moving very quickly. The course is intended to expand your understanding of calculus to several variables and to show you applications of calculus to geometry, physics and probability, among other subjects.

  • You are expected to attend lectures, keep up with the corresponding reading in the textbook, and work through the assigned homework problems.
  • You are expected to get notes and any announcements of any classes you must miss from other students before the next class. Remember, not being in class does not excuse you of responsibility for the material covered for that day.
  • You are expected to spend 9 hours per week working on the material for this course. That's 3 hours per week in class, and 6 hours per week outside of class. Yes, that's right, 6 hours, per week, outside of class. MTH 243 is a 3 credit course, and so as per Section 8.31.10 of the University Manual, it requires 6 hours of study per week in addition to the 3 hours of class time during the semester.
  • You will be expected to memorize formulas, procedures, theorems, etc. Calculus, like many technical subjects, has a body of mathematical facts that you will have to learn. Be prepared to memorize some formulas and theorems as you learn about their meaning and uses. It would be best to make peace with this requirement now, it won't change.

Grading Policy
Course grades will be based entirely on understanding of and the ability to effectively communicate the course materials. This understanding will be evaluated by dividing the total number of points earned by 6.5 and applying the grade letter scale below.

Exam 1100 points
Exam 2100 points
Review Exam50 points
Homework and Quizzes100 points
Mathematica Projects100 points
Final Exam200 points
TOTAL650 points
A 93.00 - 100
A-90.00 - 92.99
B+87.00 - 89.99
B 83.00 - 86.99
B-80.00 - 82.99
C+77.00 - 79.99
C 73.00 - 76.99
C-70.00 - 72.99
D+67.00 - 69.99
D 60.00 - 66.99
F 59.99 and below

Review Exam. The Review Exam is designed to test your preparation for the course materials. This exam is pass fail. You must obtain at least a 60 out of 100 on the exam in order to pass. This is a course focused on very technical and challenging material. Due to the fast-paced nature of the course, it will be extremely difficult for you to keep up with the material if you are unable to pass the Review Exam and I recommend you drop the course in this case. If you pass the Review Exam you will obtain 50 points, on the other hand if you fail the Review Exam you will obtain 0 out of the 50 points.

Homework and Quizzes. Out of the 100 points listed as Homework and Quizzes, 60 points will be allocated to quizzes which are scheduled on the course calendar. The remaining 40 points will be divided over 4 homework assignments given over the course of the semester which are scheduled on the course calendar.

Extra Credit. There will not be any points given except as provided above. Concern yourself with the regular credit.

Incompletes. As per University policy, grades of I (incomplete) are given at the discretion of the instructor for documented, University-approved reasons only. Note that incompletes may only be given if the work in the course up until the documented problem is passing (60% and higher).

Review Exam
The review exam will be held on Monday, January 28 during the regularly scheduled class period. The review exam consists of 9 problems which you are expected to know from Calculus II (or earlier) and 1 problem on functions of 2 variables from the first lecture. The exam is to be completed in 30 minutes. There is no partial credit, and the exam is graded as either pass or fail.

The tentative dates, times, and locations for the exams are as follows.

Review ExamTuesday, May 22nd, 10:00am-10:30amWashburn 316
Exam 1Monday, March 4th, 12:00pm-1:00pmWashburn 316
Exam 2Monday, April 15th, 12:00pm-1:00pm Washburn 316
Final ExamWednesday, May 8th, 11:30am-2:30pm Washburn 316

The following policies apply to all exams, and no exceptions will be made.
  • No books, bags, papers, extra scrap paper, or anything else may be taken with you to your seat. If you bring any of these items with you, you must leave them at the front of the room.
  • No calculators of any kind are permitted on exams.
  • No cellphones, MP3 players, or any electronic devices of any kind may be used or even accessible to you at any time during the exam. Failing to abide by this policy will be considered an attempt at cheating.
  • You may not ask any questions during the exam; understanding the questions is a part of the exam. If you think there is a typo or error, do the best that you can with the given information.
  • You may not leave the room during the exam. Remember to use the bathroom before the exam. If you leave the room for any reason, your exam will be collected.
  • Once finished, you must hand your exam to your instructor.
  • You are advised to bring multiple pencils to the exams, just in case. Do NOT use a pen.

Makeup Exams
Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend the scheduled exams under the following conditions. Note in particular that if you must miss the exam because of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours.
  • If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University santioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), or (ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation from your employer), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION. Such events are scheduled in advance, so you must provide advanced notice to your instructor in order to have a makeup exam. Failure to provide this advanced notice will result in a grade of 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams must be scheduled after the actual exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than the following Tuesday (Wednesday if Monday is a holiday).
  • If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate documentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than the following Tuesday, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last two weeks of the semester.
If your circumstances do not meet either of the above (no documentation, a non-emergency excuse without sufficient notice, etc.), then you will receive a zero for the missed exam. No exceptions.

Full Schedule with Homework
What follows is a tentative outline for the course. We will follow this schedule whenever possible, however adjustments to this schedule will be made as necessary.
Week ofTopicAssignments
Jan. 23Review of MTH 142, 12.1, 12.2Study for Review Exam
Jan. 28 Review Exam, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5 12.1 # 11,12,19,23, 31, 35, 12.2 # 1,5,7,9,11,15, 19
Feb. 4 13.1, 13.2, 13.312.3 # 1,4,5,7,11,23,28,30, 12.4 # 1,5,7,10,11,23,25,31, 12.5 # 1,2,7,8,29
Feb. 11 13.4 14.1, 14.213.1 # 1-6,8,14,29,30 13.2 # 11,14,19,28,30 13.3 # 1,4,8,14,16,19,27,37,42
Feb. 18 14.3, 14.4, 14.513.4 # 1,4,5,10,19,22,27 14.1 # 1,3,7,14,17,20 14.2 # 1,4,5,14,22-28,35,41
Feb. 25 14.6, 14.714.3 # 1-7,14,15,22 14.4 # 1-11,19,22,29,35,49,58,64 14.5 # 1-11,14,19,23,28,35
March 4 Exam 1, 15.1, 15.2, 14.6 # 1,4,7,11,14,20,23 14.7 # 1-10,14,22,31,35
March 11 16.1, 16.2Mathematica Assignment 1
March 18 16.3, 16.4 16.1 # 1-7,11-14,19,28-30,34-40 16.2 # 1-5,7-11,28-31,41,42
March 25 16.5, 17.1 16.3 # 1,4,5-11,14,16,17,20-23 16.4 #1-7,14-16,20-23,31,32,35
April 1 17.2, 17.4 16.5 #1,4,5,7,10,11, 30, 31 17.1 # 1,4,8,11,19,20,28,32,35,41,47
April 8 18.1, 18.2 17.2 # 1-7,14-16,22-28 17.4 # 1-10, 20
April 15 Exam 2 18.1 # 1,3,5-10,14-16 18.2 # 1-11,16, 21, 23, 25, 31
April 22 Mathematica Assignment 2
April 29 Review for the Final Exam
May 8 Final Exam

Mathematica Assignments
There will be several Mathematica assignments during the semester. Your instructor will provide information about due dates and method of submission. If you took MTH 141 or MTH 142 you should be familiar with Mathematica. You might find it useful to review the commands that will be used most frequently in MTH 142 by looking at Professor Pakula's Mathematica Webpage.

Accessing Mathematica. The computers in the Library and the Memorial Union computer labs have Mathematica installed, and can be used for these assignments. The laptops in Lippitt Hall 205 also have Mathematica installed, and are available at times as determined by the Mathematics Department. You can also buy a student version online from Wolfram at a special rate for FREE! Click here for instructions on how you can get the student version of Mathematica for FREE! (This usually costs $139.95)

Mathematica Assignments. Mathematica assignments are individual projects and should represent your personal work. Submitted projects that are deemed by your instructor to be essentially duplicates will be treated as violations of academic integrity and will be dealt with accordingly. Be advised that Mathematica assignments will be graded together with those from other sections, and duplicates across sections will not be treated differently. Your name must appear printed (and NOT handwritten) in the Mathematica notebook you submit.

Mathematica Notebook links.
Not Collected Assignment 0 Intro to Mathematica
Due March 6, 2013 Assignment 1 Contour Diagrams, Level Surfaces, and Taylor Polynomials
Due April 17, 2013 Assignment 2 Integrals, Vector Fields, and Curve Fitting

Permission Numbers
Students who require a permission number to enroll in this course should contact the instructor of the section they wish to enroll in directly. Permission number requests are granted at the discretion of the instructor, and no instructor is under any obligation to provide a permission number for any reason.

SI Sessions and Tutoring
Regular study and practice with the course material is imperative for success in this class. The Department of Mathematics offers free walk-in tutoring in select mathematics courses, including MTH 243. This tutoring is staffed with graduate teaching assistants as well as tutors from the AEC.

Math and Physics Walk-tutoring (located in Lippitt Hall Rm 205) is a no-appointment-needed tutoring center where you can work with tutors and other students in this and other math courses. They provide free support in all math courses up to MTH 243. Bring your book, notes, and questions with you. Tutoring is a great place to practice with classmates and friends, prep for exams, and review what we’re learning in class. Tutoring is available directly after class and the tutors are knowledgeable about Mathematica.

Sickness and Disability Accommodations
Any student with a documented disability should contact their instructor early in the semester so that we may work out reasonable accommodations to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students requiring special accommodations for exams must notify the instructor at least one week in advance and must provide documentation from the Disability Services Office described above.

Flu Policy
The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we arebeing advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify your instructor of your status. Your instructor will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or . URI Health Services web page, , will carry advice and local updates.