MA 2733 - Syllabus
















MA 2733, August 19 2013

Meeting times and locations
Section 1: MWF   10:00am – 10:50am    Allen 20    Russ Woodroofe (Professor)  
Section 7: MWF 12:00pm – 12:50pm    Allen 20    Russ Woodroofe (Professor)

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

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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 (paths). We will close the course with sequences, series, and Taylor series.

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

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

Office hours:
Weekly office hour / review session: Friday 3:00pm - 5:30pm++, held in our classroom (Allen 20).
I'm also pleased to meet by appointment -- MWF around 11am or 1pm will often be a good time to talk to me.

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 roughly twice a week, and will usually be due at midnight on Mondays and Thursdays.
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 2 short projects using Mathematica. You can download Mathematica (without additional cost) at
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 be able to arrange for your coach to administer the exam. Excused absences may be granted in case of severe illness, bereavement, or other extraordinary circumstances.

I will not usually formally take attendance. This does not mean that attendance is optional: I expect you to attend every class meeting.

Your course grade will be determined from the following components:
Midterm exams        17% each
Final exam26%
Homework and quizzes20%
Mathematica assignments      3%

As you can see, exams make up 77% 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:
80-89        B

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

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