Class time and location: MWF 10-11 in STO B50
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
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
There will frequently be at least
one teaching assistant available to give you some help with your
Your work and conduct in this course are governed by the
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