Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, email prefix: blanchaj
Text: Calculus, 6th Edition by James Stuart. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.
The course content is clearly a critical component of Calculus II. The course also has supplementary learning goals regarding problem solving skills, interacting with technical and quantitative material, and working with peers. The learning goals for this course are:
- acquire proficiency in computational aspects of the topics covered in Calculus II including parametric equations, calculus of vector functions, calculus of functions of several variables, and application of these topics;
- understand the conceptual aspects of the topics covered in Calculus II;
- improve general problem solving skills;
- improve technical and quantitative reading ability;
- improve skills for acquiring technical and quantitative knowledge;
- improve technical and quantitative communication;
- improve skills required for working with a diverse group of individuals.
This class will meet approximately four hours per week. To accomplish the course learning goals students should expect to spend at least eight additional hours per week completing assignments and studying course material.
There will be daily homework, due at the beginning of class each day. Homework will be posted on Pioneerweb after each class. A subset of the problems will be graded. Late homework will not be accepted. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped. Please read the note on homework.
A significant course goal is developing the skills to work in a group toward a mutual comprehension of the material. Students will be randomly assigned a daily partner. Please read the note on partnerships.
There will be three in-class, midterm exams tentatively scheduled for
These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.
- Friday, September 16;
- Friday, October 14;
- Friday, November 18.
The final exam is three hours and will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam. The final exam is scheduled for:
- Section 01: Wednesday, December 14, 9:00 am;
- Section 03: Tuesday, December 13, 2:00 pm.
All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy. In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. All midterm exams and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource not provided with the exam. Students may not use their own calculator during exams; calculators will be provided for all exams.
Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.
If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to the Coordinator for Disability Resources, Autumn Wilke, located on the 3rd floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3702) and discuss your needs with her.
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