Calculus III for Engineers and Scientists (Syllabus)

Some people, they like to go out dancing and other peoples, they have to work. Just watch me now! And there’s even some evil mothers well they’re gonna tell you that everything is just dirt. Y’know that, women, never really faint, and that villains always blink their eyes, woo! And that, y’know, children are the only ones who blush! And that, life is just to die!

Instructor Information

Name: Scott Strong

Title: Teaching Professor and AMS Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office: Stratton Hall room 205 and Center for Academic Services
and Advising (CASA) room 122

Office Hours: (Hosted at CASA) MTF 11am–1pm,

Basic Course Information

Title: Calculus for Engineering III with Honors

Description: Multivariable calculus, including partial derivatives, multiple integration, and vector calculus.
Meeting Times: MTWF 9-10am (AH143), 10-11am (AH143), 1-2pm (GC263)

Textbook Information: (Recommended not required) Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Jon Rogawski, 2nd Edition

Text Resources:

  • List of recommended problems (Rogawski, Stewart)[to be posted]
  • Copies of the text and its solution manual are on reserve at Arthur Lakes Library
  • Here [to be posted] you will find a link to a blog post about other textbooks and available resources

Primary Digital Resources:

  • My webpage [You can find this by searching Scott Strong Mines in google.]
  • My Calendar [This contains important dates in the academic calendar]
  • A Wiki: (For static information)
  • Weblog: (For dynamic information and media)
  • Lon–Capa: (Digital assessments) Not sure if it will be utilized but it’s right here. Here you will find information on the Lon-CAPA system.

Grade Scale: Standard Scale F<60\%, 60\% \leq D < 70\%, 70\% \leq C < 80\%, 80\% \leq B < 90\%, 90\% \leq A \leq 100\% [Do we want to use +/- grading? To be posted after vote. Update: This measure was voted down 84% to 16%. There will be not +/- grading system.]

Assessment Details: (Percent of Final Grade) Homework 20%, Quizzes (30%), Mid–Term 25% and Final 25%.

  • Final Exam: (Comprehensive) After December 6th
  • Mid–Term Exam: (In Class) Before the week of November 3rd and will be announced two–weeks prior
  • Quizzes: (Three Total) TBD but will be announced two–weeks prior
  • Homework: (Two–Components)
    1. Worksheets will likely be administered in an online environment
      • Pro: Computers provide instant feedback and work can be scheduled
      • Con: Computers cannot think and are callous
    2. A student journal will be kept and reviewed on two–week or longer cycles. A rubric will be published so that assessment expectations are clear. You will be able to use your journal on quizzes. [TBD for exams]
      • Pro: Humans can think and respond thoughtfully!
      • Con: Humans are slow and the schedule is more fluid


  • On Instructor: [to be posted after vote] [Done See this post]
  • On Students: [to be posted after vote][Done See this post]

Absence Policy: (See this for CSM absence policies) I will not take attendance and no part of your grade depends on it. However, as you test the waters, if you do find
yourself regularly skipping [note the difference between skipping and having to miss class to go deal with life]:

  • I don’t care. I’ve go no beef with this but if you do ask for accommodations, the will likely not be granted.
  • Absences cleared through Student Life will be accommodated according to the expectations they define.
  • If you are dealing with life then you should let either Student Life or myself know. All personal matters are confidential and only the bear essentials need to be reported. [Discussions of this nature should not be a shakedown.]

Illness Policy: At one point the school had a website you could go to and self-report if you had the swine flu. I don’t think it exists now. I once had a student come to class with a roll of paper towels. I asked her what’s all that about, they said to me I have so much snot I don’t know what to do. Well, after getting terribly sick within weeks after, I think what you should do is stay at home in bed and/or go to the Health Center! So, the moral is, if you are too sick to come then don’t come.

Academic Integrity Policy: Here you will find the CSM Academic Integrity Policy. A highlight:

  • The Colorado School of Mines affirms the principle that all individuals associated with the Mines academic community have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining and fostering an understanding and appreciation for academic integrity.

[Don’t cheat. Cheaters get beaned. FYI, I have poor aim, so you have that going for you.]

Tentative List of Topics

  1. Multivariate functions
  2. Limits and Continuity
  3. Partial Derivatives
  4. Linear Approximations in \mathbb{R}^{n}
  5. Directional Derivatives and Gradients
  6. Extrema in \mathbb{R}^{n}
  7. Lagrange Multipliers
  8. Integration on \mathbb{R}^{2}
  9. Integration in polar coordinates
  10. Applications
  11. Surface Area
  12. Integration on \mathbb{R}^{3}
  13. Cylindrical and Spherical Coordinates
  14. Change of Variables
  15. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus in Higher Dimensions
  16. Applications [Diffusive and Wave Phenomenon]

  17. “Good news, everyone-”
    “Uh-oh, I don’t like the sound of that.”
    “You’ll be making a delivery to the planet Trisol…”
    “Here it comes.”
    “A mysterious world in the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone.”
    “Thank you, and goodnight. ”

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