Math 242 -- Calculus III

Fall 2016,  TTh 4:30 -- 6:20 PM, RD 321

Instructor: Daniel Irving Bernstein, office: 4123 SAS Hall, email:

Instructor Office Hours: MWF 8:25AM -- 9:25AM

Teaching Assistant: Anthony Powell, office: Language and Computer Labs (Laundry) 108, email:

Teaching Assistant Office Hours: M: 11:30AM -- 12:30PM, TTh: 1:15PM -- 2:15PM

Text: Franke, Griggs, and Norris, Calculus III for Engineers and Scientists, available with WebAssign.

Blue Books: All students must submit six blue books, with absolutely nothing written on or in them, by September 8. Please attach a sticky note to the front of one of them and give them to the instructor or the teaching assistant. Failure to do so will result in you being unable to take the first exam and thus receiving a zero.

Calculator: It is highly recommended that you obtain a graphing calculator that can perform symbolic differentiation and integration in multiple variables. The TI-89 and TI-Nspire are both good choices. Other calculators may also be appropriate, but you should check with the instructor before purchasing. The use of handheld computing devices that can access the internet (e.g. cell phones) will not be allowed on tests.

Prerequisite: Math 241 or equivalent.

Course Description: In Calculus I and II, you learned about differentiation and integration of real-valued functions of a single variable - that is, functions with one input and one output. Here in Calculus III, we will generalize these ideas to functions with multiple inputs and/or outputs. More specifically, we will cover basic euclidean geometry in three dimensions, geometry of curves in three dimensions, limits, derivatives, and integrals of real-valued functions of multiple variables, line and surface integrals, and some vector calculus.

Extra Help: The instructor and teaching assistant are free to meet with you during their schedule office hours. All-day drop-in tutoring is available at the Mathematics Multimedia Center in SAS 2103-2105.

Schedule: Is available here.

Class Format: Each class meeting will be broken up into two fifty minute lectures with a ten minute break in between. Class will have the traditional lecture format with periodic stops for you to work on problems I give you. I encourage you to inturrupt me with questions - if you are confused about something I say, then there is a good chance that someone else in the room is confused too.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class in accordance with university policy.

Conduct in class: Arrive to class early, or at worst, on time. This standard applies to your attendance after the ten minute break, as well as at the beginning of class. Laptops are not to be used in class unless I am accepting questions about Maple or WebAssign and have given explicit permission to the entire class. Mobile devices must be silenced prior to the start of class and they must remain in your pocket or bag during lecture.

WebAssign: All students must register online with WebAssign and pay the appropriate fees. Login to WebAssign here. Due dates can be found on the WebAssign page. These will typically be due at 4:00pm on the day of class after the relevant material is covered. Late submissions will not be accepted and no extensions will be given. WebAssign assignments will be worth 12.5% of your final grade.

Maple: There are eight scheduled Maple assignments distributed throughout the semester. Due dates can be found on the course schedule. As with the WebAssign assignments, you should avoid procrastinating on these. Late submissions will not be accepted and no extensions will be granted. Maple assignments will be wort 12.5% of your final grade. All information related to Maple can be found here.

Tests and Final Exam: There will be four in-class tests throughout the semester. See the course schedule for dates. If you must miss a test for a reason that would grant you an excused absence according to official university policy, then you will be allowed to make up that test on reading day, December 7, at 8:30 AM. If you miss a test for any other reason, then you will receive a zero. The final exam will count as 25% of your final grade. Each in-class test will count as 12.5% of your final grade.

Final Numerical Grade: Your final numerical grade will be calculated as indicated in the table below:

WebAssign 12.5%
Maple 12.5%
Test 1 12.5%
Test 2 12.5%
Test 3 12.5%
Test 4 12.5%
Final Exam 25%

Final Letter Grade: Letter grades will be determined according to the following intervals:

98 ≤
≤ 100
92 ≤
< 98
90 ≤
< 92
88 ≤
< 90
82 ≤
< 88
80 ≤
< 82
78 ≤
< 80
72 ≤
< 78
70 ≤
< 72
68 ≤
< 70
62 ≤
< 68
60 ≤
< 62
0 ≤
< 60


Adverse Weather: Announcements regarding scheduled delays or the closing of the University due to adverse weather conditions will be broadcast on local radio and television stations and posted on the University homepage.

Academic Integrity Statement: Students are required to follow the NCSU policy . "Academic dishonesty is the giving, taking, or presenting of information or material by a student that unethically or fraudulently aids oneself or another on any work which is to be considered in the determination of a grade or the completion of academic requirements or the enhancement of that student's record or academic career.'' (NCSU Code of Student Conduct). The Student Affairs website has more information.

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disabilities Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.01).

Class Evaluations: Online class evaluations will be available for students to complete during the last two weeks of class. Students will receive an email message directing them to a website where they can login using their Unity ID and complete evaluations. All evaluations are confidential; instructors will never know how any one student responded to any question, and students will never know the ratings for any particular instructors.