MTH 243 
Section 2 
Calculus for Functions of Several Variables
TuTh 8:00-9:15 AM
Washburn Hall 133

Instructor    Araceli Bonifant  
Office: Tyler Hall 217
Phone: 4-4394

QUIZ4.PDF DUE MARCH 25th. 2008

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30 pm, Wednesday 2:30 pm and by appointment.

Textbook: Hughes-Hallet, et. al., Calculus-Multivariable (Fourth Edition), Wiley

Calculators: A graphing calculator is required.

About the course: MTH 243 is a third calculus course, with the focus on functions of two, three, and more variables and the extensions of the ideas of elementary calculus to higher dimensions.

Topics include functions of two variables, vectors, partial derivatives, local and global extrema, integration of functions of several variables, parametrization and vector fields, and line integrals. (Chapters 12 - 18 of the book.)

Clicking here Course Schedule you will get a detailed syllabus of the course. The syllabus is always subject to change according to the needs of the class.

Prerequisites:  MTH 142 or equivalent.

Policies: You are expected to abide by the University's civility policy:

"The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

Cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class.

You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor. In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

Grading Policy:

Your grade will be determined by your scores on

  • Exam I                                                                         : 100pts
  • Exam II                                                                        : 100pts
  • Final                                                                            : 150pts    (cumulative)
  • Quizzes and Homeworks and Maple Projects            : 150pts
  • Total                                                                            : 500pts
  • Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly but not collected or graded.  However the weekly quiz may be based on homework assignments.  If you do your weekly homework assignments you will have no problem with the exams.

    Quizzes: There will be weekly or biweekly quizzes.  The quiz will be given on Thursday.  I will drop the lowest quiz at the end of the term.

    There will be no make up quizzes or exams.

    Maple Projects: We will continue our work with Maple in this course. This powerful software is particularly useful in multivariable calculus to visualize graphs and surfaces in three dimensions.

    Maple Projects
    Graphs of Functions of Two Variables
    Contour Diagrams
    Parametric Curves and Surfaces

    Exam Schedule:

    Exam I :         February 21 (Thursday)         
    Exam II :        April 3 (Thursday)          
    Final Exam:    May ??.   ???  

    The Academic Enhancement Center:
    The work in this course can be difficult. You can seek help at the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check your understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk in anytime Mon-Thur 9 AM to 9 PM, Fri 9 AM to 1 PM, Sun 4 PM - 8 PM. For a complete schedule go to, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.

    Students with Disabilities:
    Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me 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.