Math 275, Spring 2006: Information and Policies

Link to class schedule

M. Randall Holmes
We meet in MG139 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:40 am to 9:30 am.
Office and Hours:
Office: Math/Geology 240A. Hours: To be determined after consulting you all. See ``open office policy'' below.
My office telephone number is 3011 (426-3011 from off-campus). My home telephone number is 345-2899: students are welcome to call me but please no calls after 8:30 pm any day or between 6 pm Friday and noon Sunday.
Electronic Information:

WWW (web page):
I read my e-mail constantly and respond promptly. An electronic version of the syllabus, which will include homework assignments, will be accessible from my web page. The electronic version is the official syllabus, and any changes will be posted there and not distributed on paper.

The department generic syllabus for this course is found as an attachment to this document in its paper version or at the URL

Title of Course:
Math 275: Calculus III. This is section 001.
Stewart, Calculus, early transcendentals, multivariable, fifth edition. This book has been used  before; there should be used copies in the bookstore.  It is not practical to attempt to use an earlier edition.  There is a single volume edition of this book which also contains the single variable material; if you can get this it also works.
The add deadline (and deadline for dropping without a W) is January 30. The drop deadline is February 28. Petitions to drop classes after this date are usually unsuccessful. Dates for in-class exams: February 10, March 3, April 5, April 28.  The final exam will be Wednesday, May 10 from 8 am to 10 am.
We may sometimes have occasion to use calculators in class. Use of a plain scientific calculator (without graphing or symbolic computation capabilities) will be allowed on tests. Make sure you have such a calculator if you want to use a calculator on tests. More powerful calculators may be allowed on the final, but will probably not be allowed on hour exams.  You may not use cell phones or PDAs (such as Palm Pilots or Pocket PC's) as calculators during any exam. No exceptions will be made.
Homework will be assigned regularly, collected and graded.  You will receive 30 points out of 100 for handing in a homework paper; the remaining 70 points will be determined by your performance on 3-4 selected problems.  Homework turned in late will receive the 30 points for handing it in; I disavow any consistent policy about the rest of the grade -- I may mark it normally, mark it with a penalty, or just give 30 points at my entire discretion.  
There may be Maple labs, which will count as homework:  you will receive a computer account for the MG104 lab if you do not already have one.
How Your Course Grade Will Be Computed:
I expect to give four in-class exams this term and the final. There will not be review days for in-class exams; there might or might not be a review day for the final.  I will be willing to take questions about exams during the usual time for homework discussion (within reason). Exams will generally be linearly scaled so that the median grade in the class corresponds to a mid-range C (75 percent) unless I am seriously dissatisfied with overall class performance. Each exam is worth 100 points. The total homework grade counts as an exam (100 points). It is possible that I will increase the weight of homework to as much as two exams. The final counts 200 points; your percentage grade on the final may replace the lowest of the other four grades (in-class exams and homework) if this helps you. 90 or above is an A; 80 or above is a B; 70 or above is a C; 60 or above is a D; lower grades are F (after any scaling).
Eligibility for this Class:
No exceptions will be made. If the computer tells me that you don't meet prerequisite or placement exam standards for this course, I will free your seat for someone who does meet them (in fact, the office staff now does this before it even comes to my attention).
Attendance will not be taken except on the first two days. If you do not attend this class on at least one of the first two days, I will exercise my option to have you administratively withdrawn.
Open Office Policy:
My office hours for these classes are to be announced. I will almost always be in my office at the officially scheduled times, and I will try to warn you when I will not be. If I am in my office during a posted office hour, I am available to help you. Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I am never offended by a student asking me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I am very busy). I currently plan to be on campus at least until 3:30 pm each day..
Late Work and Makeups:
Makeups for exams will be possible, and should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence. Homework turned in late will be accepted but will have less value.
Academic Honesty:
Collaboration on homework is expected and even encouraged in this class. This does not mean copying of homework. Collaboration on exams is of course not allowed. The penalty for cheating (defined as looking at another student's paper or unauthorized use of books or notes during an exam) will be a grade of zero (0) on the relevant exam. A repeat offense will mean an F in the course.
Courtesy Issues:
Cellular phones must be turned off during class. If there is a good reason that you must await a phone call during class, please inform me in advance and minimize the disruption by sitting near an exit. Cell phones must be turned off (no exceptions whatsoever) during an exam. You do not need to contact me if you are missing class or if you need to arrive late or leave early; but I do need you to enter or leave the class quietly in either case. Of course, you do need to contact me, preferably in advance, if you are missing an exam.
The word ``yesterday'' is defined to mean the previous class session; the word ``tomorrow'' is defined to mean the next class session, unless I specifically say otherwise :-)