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Math 253 Suggested Weekly Schedule

Text: Calculus, with Early Vectors, Preliminary Edition, by James Stewart. Individual sections may vary somewhat from this schedule.

Note: This is a fall or spring schedule. In summer, this schedule is accelerated by 50% in order to accommodate a 10-week session.

  • Week 1 3D vectors, dot and cross product. Sections 11.1, 11.2, 11.3.
  • Week 2 Lines and planes, quadric surfaces, functions of several variables. Sections 11.4, 11.5, 12.1.
  • Week 3 Limits and continuity, partial derivatives, tangent planes, differentials. Sections 12.2, 12.3, 12.4.
  • Week 4 Chain rule, directional derivatives, gradients, max/min problems. Sections 12.5, 12.6, 12.7.
  • Week 5 Lagrange multipliers, double integrals. Sections 12.8, 13.1.
    Note: if instructor is pressed for time, section 12.8 may be skipped.
    Exam I (covering 11.1-12.6)
  • Week 6 Iterated integrals, double integrals over general regions, polar coordinates. Sections 13.2, 13.3, 13.4.
  • Week 7 Integrals in polar coordinates, applications of double integrals, triple integrals. Sections 13.5, 13.6, 13.8.
  • Week 8 Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, integrals in cylindrical and spherical coordinates, change of variables in multiple integrals. Sections 13.9, 13.10, 13.11.
  • Week 9 Vector fields, line integrals. Section 14.1, 14.2.
    Exam II (covering 12.7 -13.11)
  • Week 10 Fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's Theorem, curl and divergence. Sections 14.3, 14.4, 14.5.
  • Week 11 Parametric surfaces and their areas, surface integrals and Stokes' Theorem. Sections 14.6, 14.7, 14.8.
  • Week 12 Divergence Theorem. Sections 14.9.
  • Week 13 Catch-up. (Thanksgiving falls on this week in the fall).
  • Week 14 Review
    Exam III (covering 14.1-14.9)
  • Week 15 Review for Final Exam. Last Day of class is Tuesday of this week.

Last modified by pby on Tue Aug 16 2000.