Course: Math 20C (Course Catalog)
Title: Calculus for Science and Engineering III
Credit Hours: 4 (Two credits if taken after Math 10C and no credit if taken after Math 21C or 31BH.)
Prerequisites: AP Calculus BC score of 4 or 5, or Math 20B with a grade of C- or better.
Catalog Description: Vector geometry, vector functions and their derivatives. Partial differentiation. Maxima and minima. Double integration.
Textbook: The required textbook for the course is Vector Calculus (6th Edition), by Marsden and Tromba; published by W.H. Freeman and Company (2012). (We will cover most of Chapters 1-5 of the text.)
Material Covered: We will cover parts of Chapters 1-5 of the text. A list of the topics scheduled to be covered can be found on the Course Calendar.
Course Readings: Reading the sections in the textbook that correspond to what we are discussing in class is a very important part of learning the subject. Lecture time is very limited and not every subject can be fully covered in the time allotted for lecture. Consequently, it is in your own interests to read the related chapters in the textbook.
Homework: Homework is a very important part of the course and in order to fully master the topics it is essential that you work carefully on every assignment and try your best to complete every problem. We will have two different kinds of homework assignments in this class: online homework (which will be graded) and "paper-and-pen" homework (which will not be graded).
Electronic Computing Devices: Graphing calculators and computer programs (or online computing websites such as Wolfram|Alpha) can be very helpful when working through your homework. However, a calculator/computer should be used as an aid in the learning concepts, not just as a means of computation. You should use these devices when working on math problems at home, but always keep in mind that you will not be allowed access to any electronic computing devices during exams. Of course, this also means that you will not be asked to solve problems on exams that require the aid of an electronic computing device.
Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. Check the Course Calendar for the exact dates of the midterm and final exams. You may use one 8.5 x 11 inch page of handwritten notes. (Both sides are okay, but no photocopies are allowed.) You may not use any other notes or any electronic devices. Please bring your student ID to the exams.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams will not be given. If you miss a midterm exam for any reason, then your course grade will be computed using Method 2. (See below.)
Grading: There are three methods to determine your course grade:
Gradescope: Exam grading will be done using an online tool called Gradescope (https://gradescope.com/). Exams will be scanned and uploaded to Gradescope and will be graded within it. As a consequence, exams will not be returned to the students. Instead, a digital version of your exams will be made available after the grading has been completed. An email will be sent from Gradescope when the exams are made available.
Regrades: Regrade requests will be made using the built-in regrade request feature in Gradescope. There will be a limited window of time after the exams are made available during which the regrade request feature will be active. This time window will be announced when the exam scores are released to the students.
Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD. Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity. (Click here for more information.)
Suggestions: Below are some suggestions that I hope will help you to succeed in this course: