Calculus III, MATH 283, Spring 2018

This is the home page and first day handout for MATH 283, Section 1005, meeting TTh from 11:30am -- 12:45pm in BEH 109.  My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar, my office is CDC 1016, and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus. The prerequisite for this course is MATH 182 (Calculus II).  

Text:  James Stewart, Essential Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 2e, Brooks Cole Publishing, 2013.


  • Chapter 10: Vectors and vector valued functions.
    • Vectors, dot product, cross product, vector functions, arclenghth and curvature, velocity and acceleration
  • Chapter 11: Functions of several variables and partial differentiation.
    • Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, tangent planes, chain rule, directional derivatives and the gradient, optimization, Lagrange multipliers
  • Chapter 12: Multiple integration.
    • Double integrals over rectangles and general regions, triple integrals, in polar coordinates, change of variables
  • Chapter 13: Vector calculus and Gauss, Green, and Stoke's Theorems.
    • Vector fields, line integrals, potential functions and the fundamental theorem, Green's theorem, curl and divergence, parametric surfaces, surface integrals, Stoke's theorem, Gauss' theorem.

Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:

  • Homework: 10%.
  • Quizzes: 10%.
  • Exam one, Tuesday, February 13th: 17%.
  • Exam two, Tuesday, March 20th: 17%.  
  • Exam three, Thursday, April 26th: 16%.
  • Final, Thursday, May 10th, 10:10 -- 12:10: 30%.

There is no preset correlation between numerical grades and letter grades.  A letter grade (without + or -), a report card, if you like, will be posted on WebCampus after every exam. Quizzes will be conducted during the recitation sessions. Please keep your homework in a notebook or binder and bring it with you to the recitation sessions. Daniel (our GA) will inspect them during those sessions (probably during quizzes).

Cell phones during exams: Please make sure your cell phone is out of sight (e.g. in your pocket, in your bag, or at home) or left with me for the duration of the exam.

Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. Office hours begin the second week of classes.

  • Monday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am,
  • Tuesdays, 1:00pm 2:30 pm,
  • ... or by appointment.

Breakout sessions: There are two breakout sessions conducted by Daniel Lautzenheiser on Fridays, 11:30 12:45, in CBC C210; and 1:00 -- 2:15 also in CBC C210. Daniel will inspect the homework and conduct the quizzes; he can be reached at 702-895-0364, or by email at (preffered/more reliable); his office is CDC 704; and his office hours are:

  • Wednesday, 10am -- 1pm.

Other Important Dates:  (See the UNLV calendar for more details.)

  • January 16th (Tuesday): Instruction begins.
  • January 22nd (Monday): Last day to drop with full refund. Last day to register. Last day to pay.
  • January 29th (Monday): Waitlist final run. 
  • Febrary 19th (Monday): Presidents' day.
  • March 23rd (Friday): Last day to change to audit or withdraw.
  • March 26th -- 30th: Spring Break. 

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Learning outcomes: This is required by the University, but is way down here because I do not believe including it adds any value to the first day hand out. The lazy way of including learning outcomes is to add action verbs to the syllabus. So, "The student will learn how to set up and evaluate multiple integrals." etc. Feel free to pencil in your own action verbs above. Another favorite: "The student will learn how to think critically and analytically." But learning outcomes should not be about my expectations. They should be about yours. In a famous reply to a question raised by a student: "Do not ask what I will cover, ask yourself what you will discover." (Sorry, I don't remember who said that.)

The point is, what you learn is up to you. I, like any of your professors, am just a guide. To overwork an old cliche, I am guiding you up a mountain. You can choose to stare at your feet the whole way up, and when you get back down, proudly wear the T-shirt "I made it up Mount Calculus." Or you can choose to look around and take in the beauty of this subject. Opt for an education, not just a degree.

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