Basic Info

Instructor: Dave Feldman
Email: daveAThornacekDOTcoaD0Tedu
Office: Second Floor, Turrets Annex
Office Hours: By appointment.
Mailing List: calc3AThornac3kD0TcoaDOTedu
Tutors: Yiftu Wondimu
Help Session: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm Deering Common

Course Goals

  • I want to help you improve your problem solving skills, and mathematical confidence, and overall ability to use mathematics.
  • I want you to understand and know how to use partial derivatives, directional derivatives, double and triple integrals, and their applications.
  • I want you to gain experience using a computer to help you do mathematics.
  • I want you to understand and know how to use the main elements of vector calculus: the divergence, gradient, and curl; line and surface integrals; and Greens Theorem, Stokes Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem.
  • I want you to have fun while working hard and learning a lot.


    William McCallum, et al. Calculus: Multivariable, 4th Edition. J. Wiley. 2004. ISBN: 978-0-471-48480-6. This *not* the most current edition of the book. The 5th edition came out around six months ago. However, the 4th edition is still available.

    In fact, you can get the 4th edition quite cheaply. New on amazon the book is $111. They have lots of used ones, however, some as inexpensive as $42.

    When ordering the book, but sure that the ISBN is correct. The ISBN is different for every edition of a book. So the ISBN is the best way to make sure that you are getting the edition and version of the book that you want. Note that this can be especially tricky for Calculus, as there are many different versions of the book (multi-variable, single-variable, etc) written by the same authors, and there are also multiple editions of each. Use the ISBN, however, and you can't go wrong.


    Your evaluation will be loosely based on the following:

    • Weekly Homework Assignments: 90 percent.
    • Class Participation: 10 percent.

    I recommend against grades; I believe they are more likely than not to interfere with genuine, reflective learning. However, I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines in the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.

    Policies and Stuff

    1. Homework will be due Fridays at the end of the day. More than one unexcused late homework assignment will result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
    2. You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends, and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a homework problem and you don't understand how they did it, you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in.
    3. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
    4. Unless students prefer otherwise, I do not plan on giving any exams in this class. If there is time, however, I would like to give a final, synthetic problem set.
    5. You'll want a calculator that can handle scientific notation, trigonometry, and logarithms. There's no need to buy an expensive graphing calculator.
    6. We will be making use of two computer platforms for doing mathematics, sage and WolframAlpha. More about these soon. We will not use Maple.
    7. I will be sending out class info via email. Thus, it's important that you check your email.
    8. Academic misconduct—cheating, plagarizing, etc.—is bad. Any cases of academic misconduct may result in a judicial hearing. Possible consequences range from failure of the assignment to expulsion.
    9. A more informal description and some advice about the course can be found here.