Homepage for Math 261: Calculus III

(general course website, for all sections)

Fall 2016


This is the website for a PREVIOUS semester -- perhaps you mean to be here


Course information

Course coordinator:
Professor Dan Bates

Text: We will cover roughly Chapters 12-16 of Thomas' Calculus, with all suggested homework (below) coming from the Second Custom Edition for Colorado State University (identical to the 13th edition, for our purposes), written by Thomas, Weir, and Hass. MyMathLab will be packaged with the book if you buy the book through the CSU Bookstore. We will not be using MyMathLab as part of the course, but you are welcome to use it on your own if you would like. Previous editions of the book have very similar content, but a few of the problem numbers might be different; you are welcome to buy an older version if you want, but it's on you to make sure you are trying the correct problems.

General Syllabus: Click here.

Sections
Section Time Location Instructor
1 8-8:50 Eng E105 Mr. Ryan Becker
220 9-9:50 Eng E104 Prof. Jeanne Duflot
3 11-11:50 Eng E103 Mr. George Borleske
8 11-11:50 Eng 120 Mr. Tim Hodges
4 12-12:50 Eng E105 Mr. Xiaofeng Ma
5 2-2:50 Eng E104 Mr. Wesley Galbraith
6 3-3:50 BHSCI A101 Prof. Dan Bates

Office hours (weeks 2-15):

Office hours start during the second week of classes.

All office hours will be held in Weber 17, in the basement of the Weber building (west side of the Oval). If you enter Weber from the south entrance of the building (between the two wings, near the bike racks), make a right just inside the door and go downstairs. From there, just follow the signs. This is also the location of the Calculus Center.

  • Monday
    • 9-9:50: Mr. Becker
    • 10-10:50: Prof. Duflot
    • 12-12:50: Mr. Galbraith
    • 3-3:50: Mr. Ma
    • 4-4:50: Mr. Borleske
  • Tuesday
    • 10-10:50: Prof. Duflot
    • 12-12:50: Mr. Galbraith
    • 1-1:50: Mr. Hodges
    • 2-2:50: Mr. Borleske
  • Wednesday
    • 9-9:50: Mr. Hodges
    • 10-10:50: Prof. Bates
    • 11-11:50: Prof. Bates
    • 3-3:50: Mr. Ma
  • Thursday
    • 1-1:50: Mr. Becker

Tutoring options: Aside from office hours (above), there are three options for getting help outside of class.

  1. The Calculus Center can assist you with remedial topics (trig, Calc 1, Calc 2) and will sometimes have tutors comfortable with Calc 3 on duty.
  2. TILT offers tutoring for Calc 3 Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  3. See the Math Department tutoring page here for private tutors.

Exam rooms: See the link at the bottom of this website, in the "Current Interest" section.

Exam review sessions:

    Exam 1
  • Tuesday, September 13, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Mr. Becker
  • Wednesday, September 14, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Mr. Borleske

    Exam 2
  • Tuesday, October 11, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Mr. Ma
  • Wednesday, October 12, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Mr. Galbraith

    Exam 3
  • Tuesday, November 8, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Mr. Hodges
  • Wednesday, November 9, 5-6:50 pm, Yates 104, Dr. Bates

    Final Exam
  • Sunday, December 11, 1-4 pm, Johnson 222

Alternative Exam/Quiz Time Request Form: Click here.

FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions)


Tentative class schedule

All sections will aim to follow the schedule below. Sections may speed up or slow down as necessary, though all sections should be at the same point by the midterm dates.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 8/22: Syllabus, 12.1 8/23: 12.1, 12.2 8/24: 12.2, 12.3 8/26: 12.3, 12.4
Restricted drop deadline
Last day to add (Sunday)
2 8/29: 12.4, 12.5 8/30: 12.5 8/31: 12.6
Quiz 1
9/2: 13.1
3 9/5: NO CLASS
Alt Exam1 Time Form Due
9/6: 13.2 9/7: 13.3
Quiz 2
Registration closes
9/9: 13.4
4 9/12: 13.5 9/13: review/catch up
evening review
9/14: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 1
5:05-6:20
9/16: NO CLASS
5 9/19: 14.1 9/20: 14.2 9/21: 14.3
Quiz 3
9/23: 14.3
6 9/26: 14.4 9/27: 14.4 9/28: 14.5
Quiz 4
9/30: 14.6
7 10/3: 14.7
Alt Exam2 Time Form Due
10/4: 14.7 10/5: 14.8
Quiz 5
10/7: 14.8
8 10/10: 14.9 10/11: review/catch up
evening review
10/12: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 2
5:05-6:20
10/14: NO CLASS
9 10/17: 15.1
Last day to withdraw
Repeat/delete deadline
10/18: 15.2 10/19: 15.3
Quiz 6
10/21: 15.4
10 10/24: 15.5 10/25: 15.5 10/26: 15.6
Quiz 7
10/28: 15.7
11 10/31: 15.7
Alt Exam3 Time Form Due
11/1: 15.8 11/2: 16.1
Quiz 8
11/4: 16.1,16.2
12 11/7: 16.2 11/8: review/catch up
evening review
11/9: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 3
5:05-6:20
11/11: NO CLASS
13 11/14: 16.3 11/15: 16.3 11/16: 16.4
Quiz 9
11/18: 16.4
Fall break (11/19-27): NO CLASS
14 11/28: 16.5 11/29: 16.5 11/30: 16.6
Quiz 10
12/2: 16.7
15 12/5: 16.7 12/6: 16.8 12/7: review/catch up
Quiz 11
12/9: review/catch up
Final exam: Monday, December 12, 7:30 am - 9:30 am


Practice exams

Here is an example of the formatting for the exams in our course. Notice the red notes on each page.

Here are some practice problems for each exam, pulled from the exams in previous semesters:

These review sheets for Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and the Final Exam might also be handy. Also, here's the formula sheet that will appear as page 2 of your final exam.


Course notes

During Summer 2015, Josh Maglione (a GTA and frequent 261 instructor) was supported by the Department of Mathematics and TILT to put together some course notes, primarily for the benefit of future instructors. We have posted them here as they might also be of interest to students.

Please note that this is a work in progress and that there is no guarantee that instructors will exactly follow these notes. However, these notes could be handy as you try to discern what topics we emphasize and also for a rapid review of various sections, e.g., near exam time.


Suggested Homework

There is no assigned homework; only suggested problems. The quiz and exam problems will be similar to those in the suggested homework, so it is well worth your time to try these problems. We will not cover exactly one section per day (see above), so just keep trying problems until you have not yet seen the appropriate material.

There are many problems for some sections, probably more than you need to achieve mastery. If you feel you have mastered the topics in some section, I suggest skimming the remaining problems for anything you misssed rather than slogging away at problems that you already know how to do. It's up to you to decide how best to spend your time!

Chapter 12:
12.1: 1-53 odd (many problems, but they are all very short!)
12.2: 1-11 odd, 17, 21, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 45
12.3: 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37
12.4: 1-11 odd, 15, 23, 29, 31, 35, 41
12.5: 1-15 odd, 21-33 odd, 39, 45, 47, 53, 57-61 odd
12.6: 1-12, 13, 17, 21, 27, 31, 33-43 odd

Chapter 13:
13.1: 1-11 odd, 19, 21
13.2: 1-5 odd, 11-15 odd
13.3: 1, 3, 7, 11, 15
13.4: 1, 3, 9, 11, 13
13.5: 1-5 odd, 9, 11, 13, 23

Chapter 14:
14.1: 1-8, 13-25 odd, 29, 31-36, 37, 39, 43, 49, 53, 55, 57
14.2: 1, 3, 7, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51
14.3: 1-17 odd, 23, 25, 29, 37, 41, 43, 45, 49, 51, 53, 55, 65
14.4: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13-23 odd, 25, 27, 29, 33, 35
14.5: 1-7 odd, 11-21 odd, 25-31 odd
14.6: 1-9 odd, 13-17 odd, 25-29 odd, 37-41 odd, 45, 47
14.7: 1, 3, 11-19 odd, 23, 29-35 odd, 43
14.8: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27
14.9: 1, 3

Chapter 15:
WARNING: Some problems in this chapter involve integration techniques that you might not have learned (e.g., trig substitution) or otherwise go beyond what is expected of you in this class. Integration of basic functions, u-substitution, and integration by parts will suffice for Math 261. If some suggested problem cannot be handled with these, set it up but don't bother evaluating it.
15.1: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 25, 27
15.2: 1, 3, 5, 9-12, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 29, 33, 35, 39, 41, 47, 49, 57, 59
15.3: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17, 21
15.4: 1-6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 25, 29, 31, 35
15.5: 7, 11, 13, 15, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 37
15.6: 1, 3, 12, 13, 29
15.7: 1, 7, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27, 31, 35, 37, 41, 51, 53, 59, 61, 63, 67
15.8: 1-3, 7, 13, 23

Chapter 16:
16.1: 1-8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 25, 31, 33, 35
16.2: 3, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35, 47, 49
16.3: 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29
16.4: 1, 5, 7, 9, 15, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25
16.5: 1, 5, 7, 9, 15, 23, 25, 39, 45, 49 (need to parameterize a few of these yourself)
16.6: 1, 3, 13, 17, 19, 27, 29, 43 (need to parameterize a few of these yourself)
16.7: 1, 5, 7, 13, 15
16.8: 5, 7, 9, 13, 15


Letter grade distribution

Letter grade distributions will be posted here after each exam and at the end of the course. Curves are rare -- see the FAQ page above for more on that.

Exam 1
A: 90-100
B: 80-89
C: 70-79
D: 60-69
F: 0-59

Exam 2
A: 85-100
B: 75-84
C: 65-74
D: 55-64
F: 0-54

Exam 3
A: 90-100
B: 80-89
C: 70-79
D: 60-69
F: 0-59

Final Exam
A: 180-200
B: 160-179
C: 140-159
D: 120-139
F: 0-119

Course grade
A: 535-600
B: 475-534
C: 415-474
D: 355-414
F: 0-354