Spring 2013 Math V 1201 Section 002, Calculus III
- Name: Nam Q. Le (Ritt Assistant Professor)
Email: namle @ math.columbia.edu
Office: 607 Mathematics
Tel: (212) 854-3210
Fax: (212) 854-8962
- Office hours
- Mondays, 4: 30 pm - 6: 30 pm (room 607, Mathematics Building)
or by appointment.
- Meeting time and location
- Day/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:10 pm-2:25 pm.
Location: 312 Mathematics Building.
Attending the lectures is strongly encouraged.
First lecture: January 23, 2013.
- Calculus I with a grade of B or better, or Calculus II, or the equivalent, is required.
- Calculus (Early Transcendentals) by James Stewart, 7th edition,
Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. The book should be available at the
- About the course
- This course is an introduction to differential calculus of several variables. We will begin by using algebraic techniques
to describe the geometry in two and three dimensions. Then we will study vector-valued functions and the calculus of curves in space. The final and central
part of the course will be the study of functions of several variables, partial derivatives and optimization using Lagrange multipliers. Other selected
topics will be also introduced. The aim, essentially, is to cover Chapters 12, 13, 14 of Stewart with a few selected topics of my own choosing.
- Schedule of lectures
- A tentative schedule of lectures can be found here.
- Teaching Assistants
- Undergraduate TAs: Ilkyu Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org), Christopher McGinn (email@example.com).
- Graduate TA: Andrew Kiluk.
- They will schedule to work in the help
Ilkyu Lee: Thursdays 4-6 pm
Christopher McGinn: Thursdays 10-11 am, 1-2 pm
Andrew Kiluk: Tuesdays 2-4 pm
- Andrew Kiluk will also hold a problem session on Thursdays from 1-2 pm in 528, Mathematics Building. The first problem session is on Feb. 07.
- Grading policy
- Homework: 15%
- Midterm I: 20%
- Midterm II: 25%
- Final exam: 40 %
- There will be weekly written homework assignments to be handed in. They can be found
in the schedule of lectures along with the due date and time. There will be 12 assignments and your
lowest two homework grades will be dropped. The homework will mostly be exercises
from Stewart, though a few of them may be my own questions. Late homework will not be accepted.
You are encouraged to discuss the homework with other fellow students. However, you
must write up the final solutions by yourself. You might also use any resourses you like to solve the problems. However, any resourse you use other than
Stewart's textbook must be cited in your homework.
To receive credit you must
1. Write you name clearly on the front.
2. Staple your work.
3. Write out your work (not just the answer) and simplify your
answers as far as possible.
4. Hand in your work in the designated mail box with my name on it ( The Drop Box ) on the 4th flour
of the math department across from office 410.
You can see your grades in the Courseworks Grade Book. Your graded homeworks will
be returned in class on Mondays. Uncollected homework should be retrieved and left in front of 604/605 Math in
the receptacle provided for a period of two weeks. It will be discarded after that period of time
I am not using WebAssign, but you can look at the following page for other classes' keys that give you access to problems for practice.
There will be two midterm exams during
class, which are tentatively
scheduled as follows
- Midterm I: Wednesday February 20th, 2013
- Midterm II: Wednesday April 03rd, 2013.
Make-up exams will not be given. Students can only be excused
from the exams because of serious illness; you will need a note
from your doctor or dean.
There will be a final exam given at the end of the term. All students
must take the final exam at the time scheduled by the university , which is projected to be
Monday May 13, 2013 from 1: 10 pm - 4: 00 pm.
- If you have a conflict with any of the exams, please contact
the instructor as soon as possible and at least one week before the
- Help Room
333 Milbank, Barnard Help Room (on Barnard
campus). There is more information here.
If you would like help with the material, in addition to the
office hours you can take advantage of the
Help Room which is designated for students who need help with
their calculus classes. No appointment is necessary.
- Academic honesty
your written work from somebody else or from any other source
is considered cheating and will be dealt with severely. Permitting someone else to copy your work is also considered cheating. Any cheating
during midterms or finals will result in you failing the course and the
matter being reported to your dean.
- Special dates
Feb 01: End of Change of Program Period; Last Day to Add a Class;
Last Day to Receive Tuition Refund for Class Dropped
Feb 26: Last Day to Drop a Class for Barnard, Columbia College,
General Studies, SIPA, GSAS, and Continuing Education
March 18- March 22: Spring Recess
March 28: Last Day to Drop a Class for Schools not noted
above. Last day for pass/fail option.