Class: MA 225-A2, Summer 1, 2012.

Instructor: Ivan Zaigralin.

Email: Go here and type "show email".

Class Meetings: Mon, Tue, Thu 6:00pm-8:30pm in PSY B49.

Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday at 5:00pm-6:00pm, MCS 149-A.

Text: Calculus: early transcendentals by Briggs and Cochran. The book won't be used to assign exercises, so any edition or version will do, even without online features.

Course Web Page:
The Web page will contain this syllabus, announcements, and the assigned work. Check it before you email the instructor with questions. To view the assigned homework online you may have to use Mozilla Firefox.

Official Description: Vectors, lines, planes. Multiple integration, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Partial derivatives, directional derivatives, scalar and vector fields, the gradient, potentials, approximation, multivariate minimization, Stokes's and related theorems. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 230.)

Informal Description: In this course, we will study the calculus of functions of several variables. Since visualizing these functions involves the use of vectors and surfaces in three dimensions, we will begin with a modern approach to the geometry of three dimensions. Then we will study multivariable calculus using partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Our final topic is one of the most elegant and useful in the study of physical systems—vector analysis and the many forms of Stokes's theorem.

The course will follow Chapters 10 through 14 in the text.

Grading: There will be short homework assigned at almost every meeting and due the next meeting; it will be worth 10% of the grade. There will also be long homework assigned throughout the course and due every Monday, for 20% of the grade. There will be 5 long assignments, and the single worst score will be dropped. There will be 2 midterms, each worth 20% of the grade.

Final: Thursday, June 28, 2011, during the last class period. It will be worth 30% of the grade.

Make-Ups: None, except for documented emergency exceptions made at the instructor’s discretion. A valid reason for missing a due date would be something like a documented case of a serious illness or a family emergency.

Last Day To Add/Drop: Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Last Day To Drop With 'W': Thursday, June 14, 2011.

Academic Conduct: CAS Academic Conduct Code is available for your perusal at
A copy of the code is available in CAS 105 if you cannot access it on the Web, and it is your responsibility to know and follow the provisions of the code. In particular, all work that you submit in this course must be your original work. Any cases of suspected academic misconduct will be referred to the CAS Student Academic Conduct Committee. Penalties for violating the Academic Conduct Code may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

Help: If you need additional help, check out the Educational Resource Center. They offer peer tutoring free to BU students.