Homepage for Math 261: Calculus III

(general course website, for all sections)

Spring 2016


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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 Weber 223 Mr. Ryan Becker
2 11-11:50 Eng E104 Mr. Josh Maglione
3 1-1:50 Wagar 133 Mr. Douglas Ortego
6 1-1:50 Eng E105 Mr. Wesley Galbraith
4 3-3:50 Clark A202 Prof. Dan Bates
5 4-4:50 Eng E105 Mr. Jesse Drendel

Office hours (weeks 2-15):

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.

Office hours start the second week of class.

  • Monday
    • 12-12:50: Josh Maglione
    • 1-1:50: Ryan Becker
    • 3-3:50: Wes Galbraith
    • 4-4:50: Wes Galbraith
  • Tuesday
    • 10-10:50: Dan Bates
    • 11-11:50: Dan Bates
    • 12-12:50: Josh Maglione
    • 3-3:50: Douglas Ortego
    • 4-4:50: Douglas Ortego
  • Wednesday
    • 1-1:50: Jesse Drendel
    • 2-2:50: Jesse Drendel
  • Friday
    • 1-1:50: Ryan Becker

Tutoring options: See the Math Department tutoring page here.

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

Exam review sessions:

    Exam 1
  • Tuesday, February 9, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Wes Galbraith
  • Wednesday, February 10, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Ryan Becker

    Exam 2
  • Tuesday, March 8, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Douglas Ortego
  • Wednesday, March 9, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Jesse Drendel

    Exam 3
  • Tuesday, April 12, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Josh Maglione
  • Wednesday, April 13, 5-6:50 pm, Eng 120, Dan Bates

    Final Exam
  • Sunday, May 8, 1-5 pm, Johnson 222: All instructors (at various times)

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 1/18: MLK Day: No class 1/19: Syllabus, 12.1 1/20: 12.1, 12.2 1/22: 12.2, 12.3
Restricted drop deadline
Last day to add (Sunday)
2 1/25: 12.3, 12.4
Quiz 1
1/26: 12.4, 12.5 1/27: 12.5
Quiz 2
1/29: 12.6
3 2/1: 13.1
Alt Exam1 Time Form Due
2/2: 13.2 2/3: 13.3
Quiz 3
Registration closes
2/5: 13.4
4 2/8: 13.5 2/9: review/catch up
evening review
2/10: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 1
5:05-6:20
2/12: NO CLASS
5 2/15: 14.1 2/16: 14.2 2/17: 14.3
Quiz 4
2/19: 14.3
6 2/22: 14.4 2/23: 14.4 2/24: 14.5
Quiz 5
2/26: 14.6
7 2/29: 14.7
Alt Exam2 Time Form Due
3/1: 14.7 3/2: 14.8
Quiz 6
3/4: 14.8
8 3/7: 14.9 3/8: review/catch up
evening review
3/9: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 2
5:05-6:20
3/11: NO CLASS
Spring break (3/12-20): NO CLASS
9 3/21: 15.1
Last day to withdraw
Repeat/delete deadline
3/22: 15.2 3/23: 15.3
Quiz 7
3/25: 15.4
10 3/28: 15.5 3/29: 15.5 3/30: 15.6
Quiz 8
4/1: 15.7
11 4/4: 15.7
Alt Exam3 Time Form Due
4/5: 15.8 4/6: 16.1
Quiz 9
4/8: 16.1,16.2
12 4/11: 16.2 4/12: review/catch up
evening review
4/13: review/catch up
evening review
EXAM 3
5:05-6:20
4/15: NO CLASS
13 4/18: 16.3 4/19: 16.3 4/20: 16.4
Quiz 10
4/22: 16.4
14 4/25: 16.5 4/26: 16.5 4/27: 16.6
Quiz 11
4/29: 16.7
15 5/2: 16.7 5/3: 16.8 5/4: review/catch up
Quiz 12
5/6: review/catch up
Final exam: Tuesday, May 10, 11:50 am - 1:50 pm


Practice exams

Here are the 3 midterms and the final from each of the previous three semesters.

Exam 1: FA15, SP15 (answers), FA14
WARNING: We now (as of SP16) cover limits (14.1,14.2) before Exam 2, not before Exam 1.
Exam 2: FA15, SP15 (answers), FA14
WARNING: We now (as of SP16) cover basic multiple intergration (15.1, 15.2, 15.3) before Exam 3, not before Exam 2.
Exam 3: FA15, SP15 (answers), FA14
WARNING: We now (as of SP16) cover potential functions and conservative vector fields (16.3) before the Final Exam, not before Exam 3.
Final Exam: FA15, SP15 (answers), FA14

The exam format will change slightly this semester, but the content will be similar. Thus, working through these old exams will still be very useful when preparing for the exams this semester. I have consciously chosen not to provide complete solutions to these exams as I feel you will better prepare for the exams without the solutions sitting in front of you. However, for each midterm, I have included the numerical answers for one practice test, SP15, so you can check your answers. Please note that you should include all work (complete solutions) when you take the exams, to allow for partial credit, where available.

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, more than you probably 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:
15.1: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 15, 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, 27, 29, 39, 45, 49
16.6: 1, 3, 9, 13, 17, 19, 27, 29, 31, 35, 41, 43, 44
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: 90-100
B: 80-89
C: 70-79
D: 60-69
F: 0-59

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: 540-600
B: 480-539
C: 420-479
D: 360-419
F: 0-359