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Course:  Math 20C   (Course Catalog)

Title:  Calculus for Science and Engineering III

Credit Hours:  4   (2 credits if taken after Math 10C)

Prerequisites:  AP Calculus BC score of 3, 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:  Calculus: Early Transcendentals (2nd Edition), by Jon Rogawski; published by W.H. Freeman and Company; 2012. (We will cover parts of Chapters 11-15 of the text.)

  • If you do not already have the above textbook, the multivariable portion suffices:
    Multivariable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, by Jon Rogawski; published by W.H. Freeman and Company; 2012
  • The Student Solutions Manual (available in the Bookstore) is optional. It has complete solutions for odd-numbered problems in the text.

Material Covered:  We will cover parts of Chapters 11-15 of the text. A list of what topics scheduled to be covered each day can be found on the  Course Calendar.

Graphing Calculators:  Although a graphing calculator is not required for the course, it is likely to be helpful. Graphing calculators will be permitted on exams, but no answers will be given correct (even correct ones) without supporting work. The TI-83 is recommended, but other calculators such as the TI-89 are fine also.

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).

  • The "paper-and-pen" homework assignments will be announced on the course  "Homework"  page. These assignments will not be turned in and will be not graded; however, if you seek help from the instructor or TAs, they will do these problems, not the online homework problems.
  • Online homework will be done through WebWork, a service hosted by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and generously funded by W.H. Freeman and Company (the publisher of our textbook).
  • No homework assignment scores will be dropped at the end of the quarter.

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. The assigned reading will be posted on the course  "Homework"  page with the homework corresponding to that reading.

Exams:  There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. The midterm exams will be held during class and you will have 50 minutes for each. Check the  Course Calendar  for the exact dates of the midterm and final exams. You will be permitted to use a calculator during the exams. You may not use any notes for the midterm exams. For the final exam, 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 electronic devices. Please bring your student ID to the exams.

Grading:  Your Math 20C weighted average will be calculated as follows:

(.20)*(Homework) + (.20)*(Midterm 1) + (.20)*(Midterm 2) + (.40)*(Final Exam)

After your weighted average is calculated, letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale:

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

There will be no curve, but we may adjust the scale to be more lenient (depending on the performance of the class). Please note that there are no D grades in the Math 20 sequence.

Please notice that outside factors, including the need for a certain grade for admission/retention in any academic program, scholarship or transfer credit, graduation requirements or personal desire for a specific grade DO NOT appear in the above calculations, and thus are not considered in any way in the determination of your course grade. Effort, improvement, class attendance and participation will all dramatically improve your grade in the course in that they will allow you to do well on homework, exams, and the final exam. They will NOT, however, actively participate in the calculation of your course grade.

Grade Recording Errors:  Keep all of your returned homework and exams. If there is any mistake in the recording of your scores, you will need the original assignment/lab/exam in order for us to make a change.

Regrades:  All graded material will be returned in discussion sections. If you wish to have your exam regraded, you must return it immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the exam leaves the room. If you do not retrieve your exam during discussion section, you must arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

Make-up Exams:  Make-up midterm exams will not be given. However, if you miss a midterm exam because of extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness or family emergency, and officially document the circumstances, then you may substitute your final exam score for the missed exam.

Late Homework:  Because solutions will be provided for the homework assignments after the due date, no homework will be accepted late.

Suggestions:  Below are some suggestions that I hope will help you to succeed in this course:

  • Spend sufficient time on the course. Summer Session courses are quite intense and require a full commitment. We fit a full 10 week quarter into 5 weeks. According to the policy of UCSD's Academic Senate, "The value of a course in units [during a ten-week quarter] ... shall be reckoned at the rate of one unit for three hours' work per week per quarter on the part of the student." During the ten-week quarter, since Math 20C is worth 4 credits, you should be willing to spend about 12 hours per week on the course. Since we combine two weeks into one, that means you should be willing to spend 24 hours per week during Summer Session(!)
  • Keep up with the homework and do not miss a midterm. Missing a homework assignment or exam will hurt your grade because no homework or exam scores will be dropped. This policy is designed to encourage students to complete all the assignments and reward those who do.
  • Get started on the homework assignments early. This will enable you to make the most of your discussion section time by coming prepared with specific questions.
  • When doing textbook problems, try doing odd-numbered problems before even-numbered problems. Most even-numbered end-of-chapter problems are similar to the preceding problem, so if you are stuck on problem 24, try problem 23, and check your answer against the back of the book.