MA 202: Calculus III, section 2

Instructor:Shawn Baland
Office: Harder 223
Email: sbaland at skidmore dot edu
Office hours: MTR 16:00–17:00


Course information

Multivariable calculus extends concepts from single variable calculus (heretofore called “calculus”) to three dimensional space and beyond. As in the single variable setting, we will focus on two main concepts, namely partial differentiation and higher integration. The highlight will be the famous theorems of Green and Stokes, along with the divergence theorem.

Times: M 13:25–14:20, TR 14:10–15:30
Location: Harder 110
Textbook: James Stewart, Multivariable calculus, 8th edition


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Each week I will assign a collection of homework problems, the answers to which are given in the back of the book. This provides a way for you to instantaneously check your work and identify areas with which you should get help by coming to my office hours.

Because everyone already has access to the answers (and in many cases full solutions), homework will not be collected or graded. Your knowledge and ability will instead be detected via weekly quizzes.

Quizzes will make up 30% of the overall course grade. Your lowest quiz score will not be counted in the final tabulation. The purpose for this is to give you an opportunity to miss a quiz in an emergency without having to notify me or explain your reasoning. Accordingly, I do not offer makeup quizzes. I highly recommend saving your allowed missed quiz for an instance in which you are truly unable to take it.

Problems for Quiz 1 on 13 September 12.1: 3, 9, 11, 13, 31, 37, 45, 47;
12.2: 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 39.
Problems for Quiz 2 on 20 September 12.3: 19, 21, 23, 43, 45, 53;
12.4: 5, 13, 15, 19, 25, 31.
Problems for Quiz 3 on 27 September 12.5: 5, 9, 25, 27, 33, 35, 39, 79;
12.6: 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 37.
Problems for Quiz 4 on 4 October 13.1: 3, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21–26, 31, 43;
13.2: 9, 13, 17, 25, 39, 55.
Problems for Quiz 5 on 11 October 13.3: 5, 13, 15, 19, 23, 31, 55, 59;
13.4: 9, 15, 21, 45.
Problems for Quiz 6 on 18 October 14.1: 7, 19, 33, 37, 41, 49;
14.2: 9, 44;
14.3: 5, 7, 9, 10, 17, 21, 33, 55.
Problems for the Midterm on 25 October 14.4: 3, 17, 37, 42.


There will be one midterm exam, which will make up 30% of the course grade. It will take place on Thursday 25 October during class.

The final exam will be cumulative and make up 40% of the overall course grade. It will take place on Thursday 20 December from 13:30 until 15:30 in Harder 110.

Specific examination guidelines will follow via email.