MATH 262:
    Intermediate Calculus       
    Section 3
    Fall Term 2008




Instructor: Dr. Xander Faber

Course Coordinates: Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 9:35-10:25am, 279 MacDonald Engineering Building

Tutorial Coordinates: This depends on the section in which you've enrolled. See the list here.

Text, grading, success strategies, and more: See below.



Announcements:

Lectures and Homework:

This schedule will be updated as needed during the semester;
we may go a little faster or slower than indicated here.
Week / Dates Chapters Written Work Web Work Due Notes
Week 1: Sept 3, 5 9.1, 9.2 . . No Class Sept 1
Week 2: Sept 8, 10, 12 9.3, 9.4 . . .
Week 3: Sept 15, 17, 19 9.5, 9.6 . . Add/Drop Deadline: Sept 16
Week 4: Sept 22, 24, 26 9.7, 9.8 Homework 1: Due Sept. 29 Assigns. 0, 1 .
Week 5: Sept 29, Oct 1, 3 17.7, R-10, 10.1, 10.2 . Assign. 2 .
Week 6: Oct 6, 8, 10 10.3-10.5 Homework 2: Due Oct. 15 Assign. 3 .
Week 7: Oct 15, 17 11.1, 11.2 . . No Class Oct 13
Week 8: Oct 20, 22, 24 11.3, 11.4 . Assign. 4 .
Week 9: Oct 27, 29, 31 11.5, 12.1-12.3 Homework 3: Due Nov. 3 . .
Week 10: Nov 3, 5, 7 12.4-12.6 . Assign. 5 .
Week 11: Nov 10, 12, 14 12.7,12.8 Homework 4: Due Nov. 17 . .
Week 12: Nov 17, 19, 21 12.9, 13.1 . Assign. 6 .
Week 13: Nov 24, 26, 28 13.2, 13.3 . Assign. 7 .
Week 14: Dec 1, 2 . . Assign. 8 We have class Dec 2



Course Details:

Prerequisites: MATH 141, MATH 133 or equivalent.

Text: Adams, Robert A. Calculus: Several Variables , 6th edition, Pearson / Addison-Wesley, 2006.
It's available at the University bookstore. If you choose to purchase the text online, please be sure that
you are getting the 6th edition.

Course description: We will cover roughly chapter 9-13 in the text. For a more specific list of what we'll cover,
see the official course outline.

Other Instructors: There are three sections of this course. You can find information on the other sections here.

Calculators: The use of calculators is prohibited during the final exam.
I strongly suggest that you avoid using one while doing your homework in order to properly prepare yourself.

Attendance: I will not take attendance. However, mathematics is a language, and exposure is important in order
to become fluent in it. If you must miss a lecture, it is your responsibility to acquire notes from a fellow student.

Assignments: You will have two kinds of assignments to work on. First, there will be Web Work assignments.
Consult the Web Work site for details on how to complete the assignments and for due dates. Second, there will
be occasional written homeworks. Keep an eye on WebCT for the assignments or look for them in the table
above. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Final Exam: The final exam will be some time between December 4-19. It will be announced later.

Grading: Your final course grade will be determined by:

Help: Help is available if you have trouble with the assignments or lecture material. You can come to my office
hours or visit the Math Help Desk whenever it is open.

Academic Integrity: McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the
meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student
Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information).



Strategy for Success (which I expect):

In order to succeed in a calculus course, you need to do a ton of problems. There's really no way around it.
Feeling like you "get it" won't help you pass the final exam (let alone ace it). Here are some other ideas.

Each day of class you should do several things. First, you should look through the chapter and the notes covered
in class that day to be sure you have all of the important concepts and formulas committed to memory. Then, and
only then, you should do the written homework problems and the Web Work. You should try to complete the
homework without looking back at the examples and formulas in the chapter; this is the only way to force
yourself to learn to use the concepts. Check your answers for the problems in the back of the book or in the
student solutions manual. If you didn't get the correct answer, try to figure out why. Making mistakes is actually
one of the best way to learn mathematics, provided that you work out what went wrong. I've gotten some of my
best ideas from things I did wrong the first time.

If there don't seem to be homework problems to do yet, or if you didn't get through the homework without
difficulty, select a few extra problems from your textbook to work on. They're there to help you practice. The
answers are in the back of your book or in the student solutions manual. Once you complete the problems from
the day, you should peruse the topics to be covered in class the following day. Get a sense for what my lecture
is going to be about. You will understand more of the details in class this way, and you will have a better
chance of absorbing the material faster.

Finally, if you have questions, please come to my office hours or go to the Math Help Desk . Feedback is good
for your confidence, and it reinforces your good ideas while weeding out your misconceptions.




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