MA 261 Multivariate Calculus


Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 290, tel. 481-6382, e-mail:

Office Hours: MTWR 10:00-11:00 a.m. and MW 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Book: James Steward Essential Calculus: Early Transcendentals

Course Description: I shall cover chapters 10-13. The main content of the course is devoted to analytic geometry in space, vectors and vector functions, functions of several variables and partial derivatives, multiple integration, and vector calculus. The objective of the course is to master these topics and concepts, as well as improve problem solving skills and critical thinking.

Grading: There will be four tests (100 pts each), ten quizzes, and a comprehensive final. Weekly homework will be collected. The semester grade will be formed from quizzes - 15%, homework - 10%, three best tests - 25% each. The grade for the course is based on 75% of the semester grade and 25% of the Final exam according to the scale:

A 90 -100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F below 59.

No make up tests or quizzes will be given (unless proper excuse is provided).

Homework: Homework will be collected and graded weakly. It is the instructor's experience that keeping up with the homework is an essential part of the preparation for the course. The problems on the tests and the quizzes will be similar to the homework.

Enclosed is the tentative teaching schedule.

Disabilities Statement: If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113, telephone number 481-6658), as soon as possible to work out the details. Once the Director has provided you with a letter attesting to your needs for modification, bring the letter to me. For more information, please visit the web site for SSD at .