MA 225 - Section A

Fall 2008

Paul Blanchard

**
Class time and location:
** MWF 10-11 in STO B50

**
Discussion sections:
**

- A2: M 12-1 in PRB 146
- A3: M 1-2 in PRB 146
- A4: M 2-3 in MCS 148
- A5: T 2:30-3:30 in SOC B59
- A6: T 3:30-4:30 in PRB 146

**Text:**
James Stewart: *Calculus: Concepts and Contexts*,
Third edition (2005), ISBN 0-534-40986-5.
This is the same edition that
we used at BU for MA 123 and 124 during the 2007-2008
academic year.

In this course, we will study the calculus of functions of several variables. Since visualizing these functions involves the use of vectors and surfaces in three dimensions, we will begin with a modern approach to the geometry of three dimensions. Then we will study multivariable calculus using partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Our final topic is one of the most elegant and useful in the study of physical systems---vector analysis and the many forms of Stokes's theorem.

The course will follow Chapters 9-13 in the text, and
occasionally we will review material from earlier chapters as well as

**Course web page:**
`http://math.bu.edu/people/paul/MA225-fall08.html`

**Exams and grading:**
We will have three in-class exams during
the semester, all at the normal class time.
They will be held on
**final exam will be held
3-5 on Friday, December 19.
**

In addition to the in-class exams, you will be required to submit written work during the semester.

Grades for the course will be determined by applying the most favorable of the following two weighting schemes to your curved exam grades:

Scheme #1 | Scheme #2 | |||

Each of your two best in-class exams | 20% | Each in-class exam | 20% | |

The remaining in-class exam | 10% | The final | 30% | |

The final | 40% | Discussion section grade | 10% | |

Discussion section grade | 10% |

**Make-up exams:**
I have an absolutely firm policy of not
giving make-up exams. If you miss an exam, then you must provide an
acceptable, **written**
excuse (not an email message)
for your absence or you will receive a
grade of zero. A valid reason for missing an exam would be something
serious like illness (not a slight cold) or a family emergency.
Neither poor preparation nor sleeping through an exam are acceptable.
If possible (particularly if you want to be sure that your excuse is
an acceptable one), contact me before missing an exam.

**Discussion section instructor:**
Eleanor Farrington.
Her office is

**Homework:**
Assignments from the text will be
made at the end of each class, and you are expected to work these
exercises before the next class. In addition, you will be expected to
submit your homework for review at discussion section each week.
**No late homework will
be accepted for any reason.**

**Discussion sections:**
Each student
**must** attend one of these sections.
Although the lectures are
important, you will need to do more than simply attend lectures to do
well in this course. Mastering the subject comes from doing problems
and getting help when you do not know how to do them. The discussion
sections are the best place to get that help.

**Office:** MCS Room 255.

**Phone number:** 617-353-9555 (email preferred).

**Email address:**
paul@bu.edu.
I find that email is a
good way to leave messages, but it is not a good way to get help on
your homework. For help with the mathematics in this course, I
encourage you to visit me in my office. If you miss class, do not send
me email asking for answers to questions that were covered in class.

**Office hours:**

**Additional help:**
There will frequently be at least
one teaching assistant available to give you some help with your
homework in

**Academic conduct:**
Your work and conduct in this course are governed by the
CAS Academic
Conduct Code.
This code is designed to promote high standards of
academic honesty and integrity as well as fairness. A copy of the
code is available in CAS

**Class conduct:**
See the course web page for
a discussion of conduct
that is
inappropriate during class and/or discussion sections.

**Last drop date:**
Students cannot withdraw from a course after the tenth week of
the semester. In other words, if you are in this course
after ** November 10,**
you will receive an academic grade (A-F) for your
work at the end of the semester.