Fall 2009 Math 208 Home Page

Welcome to the Math 208 (Section 006) Calculus III home page. You're probably here for information, so let's start with the vital statistics of the course.

Essential Information

  • Announcements Announcements about current class activities.
  • Notes and FAQ Notes and answers to questions about class matters (exams, quizzes, etc) that students have asked. Check this periodically for the most current information.
  • Class Policy Statement
  • Course Syllabus
  • Course Materials Some useful downloads for this course, including a printable copy of the Class Policy Statement and Syllabus, can be found in this class home directory.
  • Blackboard Home Link to the Blackboard course site, if you are not already on the site -- Blackboard contains this home page and more, e.g., you may access your current grades via Blackboard.
  • Course Grade Information   Want to know where you stand? Go here.

Calculus III Course Resources

As you know, a staggering amount of information can be found on the web. Of course, some of it helps, some confuses, and some is downright wrong -- caveat emptor! Go to your favorite search engine and try searching on "vector-valued function". See how many web pages you hit and visit a few interesting looking sites.


Notes and FAQ

Question: I am in your 208 Math class, and I was wondering if I have to bring my calc book to every class, or if I could just leave it in my dorm room?

Answer: There's no need to bring it every class. If you plan on asking questions about particular problems, you might want to bring it for reference, so do it at your own discretion.

Where do I stand right now?...

Well, that's easy enough. Here's a table to help you out. This table has all the possible grades for tests and quizzes in this course.
Now all you need is your own scores. If you don't have them or simply want to see what grades I have recorded for you so far, just check Blackboard. If you calculate your own grade remember that that one quiz should be dropped. Also note that the grade scales row gives the bottom score to attain the given grade.

Grade Scales for Math 208, Section 006, Fall 2009

Activity: Quizzes Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3 Exam 4 Final Exam Grade
Points: 100 100 100 100 100 200 700
Count: 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Minimum: 28 16 54 47 16 42 224
Maximum: 97; 96 98 100 97 186 643
Average: 65 70 82 77 62 131 493
StdDev: 19.5 15.9 9.4 14.5 21.6 35 97
Median: 67 70 85 79 59 130 485
Grade Scales:              
D- 40 48 50 48 40 90 324
D 45 50 55 50 45 100 345
D+ 49 54 61 51 49 107 374
C- 52 57 66 57 52 114 398
C 55 60 70 60 55 120 420
C+ 60 64 74 66 60 129 453
B- 65 68 77 71 65 137 483
B 70 72 80 76 70 145 513
B+ 75 77 84 80 75 154 545
A- 80 82 87 83 80 162 574
A 85 85 90 86 85 170 600
A+ 93 93 95 93 93 185 652

Class Policy

Course: Math 208, Calculus III, Sections 006

Places/Times: 204 OldH 12:30-1:20 MWRF, Fall 2009

Preq: Math 107 or equivalent.

Objectives: This is basic skills course whose goals are to help students achieve competence in these areas:

  • Understanding concepts of vector and multivariate calculus.
  • Proficiency in the mechanics of vector and multivariate calculus.
  • Use of vector and calculus concepts in mathematical modeling.
  • Expression of mathematical ideas through writing.
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Shores

Telephone: Office 472-7233 Home 489-0560

Email: tshores1@math.unl.edu

Web Home Page: http://www.math.unl.edu/~tshores1/

Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00, Tuesday 1:30-3:00, Wednesday 2:00-4:00, Thursday 9:00-10:30, Friday 9:30-10:30, and by appointment. Office: 229 AvH
Note: Circumstances may necessitate occassional changes in office hours. Consult the course home page or Blackboard for the most current times.

Class Attendance: Is required. If absent, it is incumbent upon the student to determine what has been missed as soon as possible. It is advisable to consult with the instructor. There will be no makeup exams.

Homework/Projects: Everyone is expected to master the syllabus homework assignments. These will generally not be graded, but at least one question on each exam and most quiz questions will come directly from these problems. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to work them and ask questions about them in and outside of class. Current information about the course will be available through the web (via the Math 208 homepage in Blackboard or my home page.) Using the web is strongly recommended for keeping track of current activities and resources for the course.

Reading Assignment: Read the sections of the text as, or before, they are covered in class lectures. This is a standing assignment throughout the semester.

Grade: Four 50 minute exams will be given and these will account for 100 points each. The final exam will count 200 points. All exams are closed book with calculators not possessing communications capability. You may not use something like a calculator built into a cell phone nor a tablet or notebook computer or equivalent. There will be six quizes which will either be 20 minute in-class or writing assignments at 20 points each. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped for a total of 100 points. The dates of the quiz/writing assignments will be announced in class one week in advance. The final grade will be based on these 700 points.

Final Exam: Will be comprehensive. To be given on Wednesday, December 16, 6:00-8:00 pm in a room TBA.

Grades of "I", "W" or "P": These grades will be given in strict accordance with University policy. (See any Schedule of Classes for the relevant information and dates.)