MTH 243 Multivariable Calculus Spring 2013
Section 2 TR 9:30 and Section 3 TR 12:30

  • Text: McCallum,Hughes-Hallett,, Multivariable Calculus, Fifth Edition, with WileyPLUS.
  • Online Homework: We will use online homework WileyPLUS.
    See information below.
  • Calculators: A graphing calculator is recommended.
  • Instructor: Barbara Kaskosz, Lippit Hall 202J, 874.4445, Office hours: TR 11-12, T 2-3.
  • Prerequisites: MTH 142 or equivalent.

Check the time for the Final for your section: Final Exam Schedule. Both Finals will be held at Lippitt 204.

The Final is comprehensive. It covers all sections in the syllabus, including 18.4. The only section not included is 15.3.

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 Click Here for Calendar and Syllabus 

Current Downloads

Check here for current downloads, in particular, class notes (beginning with 13.3).

Class notes:

Sec 13.3, 13.4       Sec 13.4 cont'd, 14.1, 14.2

Sec 14.1, 14.2 cont'd, 14.3       Sec 14.4, 14.5       Sec 14.6, 14.7, 15.1       Sec 15.3 (Read only)

Sec 16.1, 16.2, 16.3       Sec 16.4, 16.5       Sec 17.1 - 17.3       Sec 18.1 - 18.3       Sec 18.4

WileyPLUS Online Homework System

We will be using WileyPLUS online homework system in this course. To sign up for the WileyPLUS system, you will need a WileyPLUS registration code.

If you buy a copy of our textbook at the URI Bookstore, a registration code for WileyPLUS will be included with the book at no additional cost.

If you buy a copy of our textbook somewhere else and it does not include WileyPLUS code, you will need to purchase a WileyPLUS code separately.

The following flyer explains what comes with the registration code. In particular, a code gives you access to the electronic version of the textbook. The flyer also explains how to register for your section of MTH 243 once you have a code:

 WileyPLUS info and registration 

When you are ready to register for WileyPLUS, the following tutorial explains how to do it:

Tutorial on Registration

As the flyer and the tutorial direct you, you go to the WileyPLUS main site: WileyPLUS, click on Get Started, enter University of Rhode Island as your school. You will see a list of courses, MULTIVARIABLE CALC, as one of them. Open the menu by clicking the plus sign next to the courses's title. You will see a list of sections, among them Section 2 (TR 9:30) and Section 3 (TR 12:30). My name 'Kaskosz' is also listed there. Choose your section and proceed to register.

Exams and Evaluation

There will be two exams during the semester: Exam 1: Thu, Feb 28; Exam 2: Thu, Apr 11, both in class. The final exam is scheduled by the Office of Enrollment Services based on the time your section meets: Final Exam Schedule.

Your grade will be based upon a possible total of 650 points, as follows:

  • Two exams at 150 points each -- 300 points,
  • Final exam -- 200 points,
  • Quizzes and WileyPLUS Homework -- 150 points.

Graphing calculators will be allowed on all quizzes and exams but not other electronic devices. Class attendance will not be taken but you should consider your presence and participation in class to be very important to your learning process and ultimately to your success in this course.

Available Help

MTH 243 is a difficult course and you may need help often. There will be much help available during the semester.

  • Your instructor's office hours: TR 11-12, T 2-3, Lippitt 202J.
  • You will find help at Lippitt at Math and AEC Walk-In Tutoring Center: Spring 2013 Tutoring Schedule.


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Course Description

MTH 243 is a demanding course for students in the STEM disciplines. In order to succeed in this course, you will have to work systematically and hard. In this course we will cover the central topics in the calculus of functions of two and three variables as well as elements of vector analysis. This material is of great importance in engineering, physics, chemistry and other STEM disciplines. Take a look at the syllabus for the list of specific topics: Calendar and Syllabus.

Course Goals and Learning Outcomes

During the course you should be able to build proficiency in working with functions of more than one variable as well as vectors and operations on vectors. You will learn about partial and directional derivatives of multivariable functions, gradients, double and triple integrals. You will learn about vector fields and line integrals.

Ilness Due to Flu

The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being 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 me at bkaskosz(AT) of your status, and we will communicate via email. We 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 URI Health Services web page will carry advice and local updates.


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