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MA 2733, August 20 2012

Meeting times and locations
Section 1: MWF   10:00am - 10:50am    Allen 24    Russ Woodroofe (Instructor)  
Section 7: MWF 9:00am - 9:50pm    Allen 24    Russ Woodroofe (Instructor)

(This syllabus does not apply to sections other than 1 and 7.)

Web page:   http://rwoodroofe.math.msstate.edu/ma2733/

Introduction
MA 2733 is a continuation of MA 1723. We will start by considering parametric equations, a generalizations of the functions you have studied so far. We will then discuss vector geometry in 3 dimensions, and differentiation/integration of vector functions. We will close the course with sequences, series, and Taylor series.

Prerequisites
The prerequisite is a grade of C or better in Calculus 2 (MA 1723).

Instructor info:
Russ Woodroofe
Office: Allen 418
rwoodroofe at math,msstate,edu

Office hours:
MWF 11:30am - 12:30pm, and by appointment.

Textbook
Stewart, Calculus, 7th edition.
We will cover most of chapters 10-13, as shown in the schedule.

Class Format
In Lectures, I will discuss new material from the textbook. The course schedule will give you an estimate of where I will be in the book on any given day, although I may run slightly ahead or behind. Please read the relevant section before coming to class.
It is very important to ask questions in class when you are confused.

Assignments and Exams
Problem sets will be graded on the Webassign system. They will be assigned frequently (most class meetings) and will usually be due at midnight on the 2nd following class day. (E.g., a homework assigned on Monday will be due Friday at midnight.)
There may be occasional quizzes in lectures. I will not give makeup quizzes, although I will drop some quiz/homework grades at the end.

MA 2733 will have 3 in-class midterm exams and a final. See the course schedule.
MA 2733 will have several short projects using Mathematica. You can download Mathematica at
     http://www.its.msstate.edu/software/downloads/
or use it in the computer laboratory in Allen 414.

Exam Policies
You'll need to bring your MSState student id, and writing implements to each exam.
You may bring a 3x5 card to all exams as a "cheat sheet". (Don't bring scratch paper, you'll have sufficient room on the exam itself.)
You may not use calculators or cell phones during exams. Use of such will constitute an academic integrity violation.

Exam Absences
Please add the exam dates to your calendar now. There will be no makeup exams. If you are away due to a university sporting event, then you may arrange for your coach to administer the exam. Excused absences may be granted in case of severe illness, bereavement, or other extraordinary circumstances.

Grades
Your course grade will be determined from the following components:
Midterm exams        16% each
Final exam27%
Homework and quizzes20%
Mathematica assignments5%

As you can see, exams make up 75% of your grade, and as a result you should take each one very seriously.
I won't give extra credit after poor exam performance -- I'd rather have you focus your efforts toward the next exam!
I won't drop an exam grade. However, if the grade on your first or second midterm is significantly lower than your other grades, I will consider it at the end, and will partially negate the effect of the low score on your grade.

Class attendance and participation may be used to decide border cases.

Approximate letter grades for each midterm exam will be announced in class.
For the total of homeworks, quizzes, and Mathematica assignments, approximate letter grade correspondence will not be stricter than:
90+A
80-89        B
65-79C
50-64D
  0-49F
(Plusses/minuses will be added to the higher/lower portions of these ranges.)

If you are taking the course Pass/Fail, you need to do the equivalent of C- work to pass.

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