MA225 - Calculus III

July 6 - August 12, 1999

Instructor: Tony Harkin
Office: MCS 250
Office Hours: MTW 11-12
Office Phone: 353-1497
Home Phone: 489-0380
Email: harkin@math.bu.edu


Class Meeting: Mon.-Thurs. from 9-11am in Room MCS 149

Web page: http://math.bu.edu/people/harkin/teaching/ma225.html

Textbook: Calculus - Concepts and Contexts (Chapters 9-13) by James Stewart, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company (1998).

Recommended book: Div, Grad, Curl, and All That : An Informal Text on Vector Calculus by Harry M. Schey, W.W. Norton & Company (1997).

Course Description: In first and second semester calculus, one learns how to integrate, differentiate and visualize functions of one variable, i.e. f(x). Most problems in economics, business and the natural sciences give rise to functions that depend upon more than one variable. In this course, you will learn how to integrate, differentiate and visualize functions of two (or more) variables. Topics: Vectors, lines, planes. Multiple integration, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Partial derivatives, directional derivatives, scalar and vector fields, the gradient, potentials, approximation, multivariate minimization.

Grading:

Problem Sets: A problem set will be assigned each day that will be collected the following day. There will also be additional suggested problems that will help you learn the material but they won't be collected.

From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan....
Spock: ``He is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two dimensional thinking.''
Captain Kirk (orders helmsman): ``z minus 10,000!''