Oklahoma State University - Department of Mathematics

Calculus III (MATH 2163-4) Fall 2009


You are expected to attend class on a regular basis and participate in class discussion. Because of the high correlation between poor attendance and low grades, attendance will be taken at the beginning of each lecture. I expect you to inform me about your reason for each unattended lecture. Attendance can influence the final grade in borderline cases. You are responsible to know the material covered in class and that in the corresponding sections in your textbook.


Homework will be assigned and submitted in the online system WebAssign. Please log in to the system on a regular basis to check for new assignments and due dates. To get started, follow the instructions in https://www.math.okstate.edu/system/files/files/self-enrollment.pdf using the Class Key obtained by email, or at the first class meeting, and the Access Code that comes with your textbook.

You can find some useful tips for using WebAssign in https://www.math.okstate.edu/system/files/webassign-tips-08-2009.pdf. WebAssign has student tech support that you can use if you experience technical problems. A guide and FAQ are available at https://www.webassign.net/user_support/student. If the latter doesn't help to solve your problem, you can go to the Help Request page at https://www.webassign.net/info/help.html. There are also phone numbers for tech support listed at https://www.webassign.net/info/contact_us.html.


Be prepared for 5-minutes in-class quizzes that count toward your final grade. These quizzes will not be announced and there are no make-up quizzes. Books, notes, and electronic devices are not permitted during quizzes.


There will be 3 midterm exams and a final exam which contribute to your final grade. Each exam will be announced in class and appear online in the course schedule. Make-up exams will be given only under exceptional circumstances and if you contact me in advance. Books, notes, and electronic devices are not permitted during exams. Example solutions for the exams can be found in the solutions section after each exam.


To gain credit your answers must be clearly presented. Your work must show how you proceeded to find the answer or why your answer is correct. Scratch work should be clearly separated from what is to be graded and the final result should be marked by drawing a rectangle around it.

The contributions to your total score will be weighted as follows.

ContributionHomework + Quizzes3 Midterm ExamsFinal Exam
Weight (final grade)25%3 x 15%30%
Weight (6-week grade)50%1 x 50%NA

Your total score will be truncated to an integer percentage and determines your final grade as follows.

Total Score0-59%60-69%70-79%80-89%90-100%
Letter GradeFDCBA

Curving may be applied in form of a linear adjustment to all scores on a particular exam. I reserve the right to decide borderline cases based on class attendance and subjective impressions such as effort and conscientiousness.

Honors Contracts

If you wish to do an honors contract, contact me for the paper work. To complete an honors contract in this class, you need to turn in all honors problems by the given due date.

How to learn?

Your starting points are the textbook and the lecture. It is easier to follow the lecture if you have seen the material before and presented from a slightly different point of view. I strongly recommend that you read each section in your textbook at home before it is covered in class. Try to isolate what you do not understand and be prepared to ask questions during the lecture.

Do not hesitate to ask questions. If something is unclear to you in class, just ask. You can be sure that many of the other students have the same question but do not dare to ask. If you let me know what your problems are, I can adapt the lecture and make it easier for you to follow. There are no stupid questions. On the contrary, asking the right question is often an important step in the process of solving a problem.

The importance of working on example problems can not be overemphasized. Try to work on the homework problems intensively and pick additional similar problems from your textbook.

Discussion is crucial to understand mathematics. I strongly encourage you to discuss both the material covered in class and your solutions of the homework problems with other students in your section. The best way to check your own understanding of a subject is to explain it to someone else.

Where to get help?

Ideally you solve the homework problems on your own or working with other students. If you realize that you do not understand the homework problems, seek help immediately. With a backlog of not understood material it extremely difficult to catch up with the class again.

Free tutoring and other services for this and similar mathematics courses are provided by the Mathematics Learning Resource Center (MLRC). For more information, see http://www.math.okstate.edu/mlrc.

You are always welcome to see me in my office hour or contact me by email if you have any questions or problems. If my office hours do not fit your schedule, please contact me by email for an appointment.

Course Schedule

The following course schedule is preliminary.

Date Sections
208/1912.3Dot Product
308/2112.4Cross Product
408/2412.5Equations of Lines and Planes
608/2813Space Curves: Direction, Curvature, Arc Length
708/3114.1Functions of Several Variables
909/0414.2Limits and Continuity
1009/0914.3Partial Derivatives
1109/1114.4Tangent Planes and Linear Approximation
1309/1614.5The Chain Rule
1409/18Review for Midterm 1
1509/21MIDTERM 1 (WebAssign, no class meeting)
1609/2314.6Directional Derivatives and the Gradient Vector
1809/2814.7Maximum and Minimum Values
2010/0214.8Lagrange Multipliers
2110/0515.1Double Integrals over Rectangles
2210/0715.2Iterated Inegrals
10/09Students' Fall Break
2310/1212.6Cylinders and Quadric Surfaces
2510/1615.3Double Integrals over General Regions
2710/21Review for Midterm 2
2810/23MIDTERM 2
2910/2615.4Double Integrals in Polar Coordinates
3110/3015.5Applications of Double Integrals
3211/0215.6Triple Integrals
3411/0615.7Triple Integrals in Cylindrical Coordinates
Triple Integrals in Spherical Coordinates
3711/1315.9Change of Variables in Multiple Integrals
3811/16Review for Midterm 3
3911/18MIDTERM 3
4011/2016.1Vector Fields
4111/2316.2Line Integrals
4211/25Thanksgiving Break
11/27Thanksgiving Break
The Fundamental Theorem of Line Integrals
Green's Theorem
4412/02Review for the Final Exam
4512/04Review for the Final Exam
4612/11, 10:00-11:50amFINAL EXAM

Example Exam Problems


Honors Problems

The following list will be extended in the course of the semester.

Assignment 1 (due 09/28/2009): Section 14.5, Problems 55-57.
Assignment 2 (due 11/06/2009): Section 15.4, Problems 36,37.

Academic Integrity

I will respect OSU's commitment to academic integrity and uphold the values of honesty and responsibility that preserve our academic community. For more information, see http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu.


This syllabus may be subject to future changes and it is your responsibility to be informed. Any change of the syllabus will be announced in class and appear online.