Math 212: Multivariable Calculus (Spring 2006)
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Welcome to Math 212: Multivariable Calculus (Spring 2006)

Instructor: Ron Buckmire
Class: MWF 8:30-9:25am, Fowler 307
Office: Fowler 313
Office Hours: MWF 3:30-5:00p, T 10:30a-11:30a
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Textbook: Multivariable Mathematics (4th edition) by Richard Williamson & Hale Trotter. Published by Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.

Goals of the Class: The goals of the class are to extend our understanding of the Calculus to functions of more than one variable. In particular, we shall learn how to evaluate partial derivatives, double and triple integrals and be exposed to vector field theory. 

Learning Objectives of the Class

  • Clearly articulate concepts in multivariable calculus in both oral and written forms.
  • Perform routine calculations related to fundamental concepts in multivariable calculus.
  • Develop a deep and flexible understanding of fundamental concepts in multivariable calculus.
  • Develop an appreciation of selected applications of concepts in multivariable calculus.

Nature of the Class: The material in the class will begin with a brief introduction to vectors, equations of lines and planes and a review of the algebraic operations on vectors. We shall then proceed through the textbook by going through Chapter 4 (Derivatives), Chapter 5  (Differentiability), Chapter 6 (Vector Differential Calculus), Chapter 7 (Multiple Integration), Chapter 8 (Integrals and Derivatives on Curves) and Chapter 9 (Vector Field Theory).

Format of the Class: We will be making use of the Mathematica and Derive computer algebra systems.
I expect a lot of participation in class and will facilitate this through the use of daily class formats (worksheets), group work, in-class computer exercises, abbreviated lectures, take-home quizzes, online communication and COPIOUS homework!

Grades: The final course grade will be composed of the following:

  • Homework 20%
  • Three (3) Tests 30% (10 % each)
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • In-Class Participation 10%

Make-up tests will not be given except for compelling reasons which have been communicated to me well-in advance (i.e. at least 7 days) of the test date.

If you are late to a test, you will only be allowed the time remaining in which to complete your test.

Late homework will not be accepted under any condition since the solutions are made available on the same day that they are collected in class.

 I expect the highest level of academic honesty from my students. If you have any questions about academic honesty you should read the sections on ``Spirit of Honor'' (front cover) and ``Academic Policies'' (pp 111-112) found in the Student Handbook. Any instances of plagiarism or cheating will be dealt with strictly and in accordance with procedures outlined in the Handbook.

Other Notes:
We will not have class on Monday September 5  (Labor Day).   Fall Break is October 20-21, 2005. Thanksgiving Break is November 23-25.

I will let you know at least one week ahead of time if there may be other days on which class is cancelled.