Syllabus for Math 2130 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry III

Section 101
Spring 2013

Prerequisite: Math 1120 (Calculus II) with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Text: Multivariable Calculus by Soo T. Tan, ISBN: 978-0-534-46575-9 (Used cost approx. $65 -- you can go to for prices).

Cheap Supplementary Texts:

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Meeting times: We meet from 8:00am until 8:50am Monday through Thursday.
                              On Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday we meet in Walker 314
                              On Tuesday we meet in Walker 205 (a Mac lab).

Final Exam: Our final exam will be held in our regular classroom (WA 314) on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:00pm until 2:30pm.

  Name:Dr. William (Bill) Cook
  Office:Walker Hall 347
  Office Hours:

Monday from 10:00am – 11:45am
Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 – 9:30am & 11:00am – 11:45am
Wednesday from 9:00am – 11:45am
Other times by appointment
  Phone:(828) 262-2367

Technology: You are welcome to use any technology at your disposal to complete out of class assignments. We will periodically use Maple in class (Maple is a “computer algebra system”). Maple should be available on all campus lab computers. If you would like a personal copy, one can be obtained for about $75. Calculators and other computer technology will not be allowed on exams or quizzes. This includes cell phones. Your cell phone should never be out during an exam or quiz.

Course topics: The course catalog says, “A study of parametric equations, vectors, vector-valued functions, function of several variables, double and triple integrals, and vector analysis.” We will be covering most of the content of chapters 11 – 15 in our text. A tentative course schedule can be found at:

Your term grade will be based on the results of your tests and final exam as well as your scores on quizzes and homework. Here is more information about the individual components of your grade:

Tests and Final Exam: There will be three tests and a cumulative final exam. Each test will make up 15% of your final grade and the final exam will make up 25% of your final grade. The dates of the tests listed in the tentative course schedule may change. The actual dates will be announced in class.

Homework & Quizzes: I will post a list of suggested homework problems from the text – these will not be collected. Even though these homework problems will be not collected, working out all of the suggested problems is strongly recommended. Please ask questions about the problems with which you have had difficulty. Periodically we will have short quizzes based on the suggested homework. In addition to the quizzes, I will assign severval homework sets some of which will involve more complicated problems which can be completed using Maple & other technology. I encourage you to work on your homework with your classmates. However, you must write up your solutions yourself. Do NOT copy your collaborators work and turn it in as your own. The quizzes and homeworks will make up 30% of your term grade.

Here are the components of the term grade with their weights:

Tests15% x 3 = 45%
Final Exam25%
Quizzes & Homeworks30%

Attendance: Don't miss class. If you miss class, you are responsible for the material covered during your absence. If you miss a quiz, test/exam, or workshop, you must bring in documentation proving that your absence is excusable or otherwise receive a zero. If a make-up quiz/test/exam is granted, it must be made up before the next quiz/test/exam.

Help! If you need help, please come to my office hours. If you are in Walker Hall and my office door is open, please feel free to stop by and ask questions – even if it's not during my posted office hours. Also, you should be aware of the Math Lab – free tutoring for Math 2130 (and other math classes). More information about the Math Lab can be found at

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