Math 251 (Section 504) -- Spring 2011

Engineering Mathematics III

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:30-12:20
HELD 113

Quick Links:

WebAssign On-line Homework:

Suggested Homework from Stewart:

Help Sessions:

Final Exam, Wednesday, May 11 (10:30AM-12:30PM, HELD 113)

Exam 2, Wednesday, April 6 (in class) Solution Key

Exam 1, Wednesday, Feb. 23 (in class) Solution Key

Course Description:

This is a course in vector calculus. Topics include functions of severable variables, partial derivatives, gradient, multiple integration, Green's and Stokes' theorems. Credit will not be given for more than one of MATH 221, 251, and 253.

Course Information:

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Papanikolas

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 3:00-4:30; also by appointment

Office: 321 Milner

Office Phone: 845-1615


Textbook: The required textbook is Calclus, Early Vectors, by James Stewart, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 1999, ISBN 0-534-49348-3.

Course Syllabus: The course covers most of chapters 11-14. See below for a detailed weekly syllabus.

Calculators: Use of calculators on homework is perfectly acceptable. However, calculators will not be permitted on exams.

Prerequisites: Math 152 (second semester calculus) or equivalent.

Course Webpage:


WebAssign On-line Homework: There will be weekly on-line homework assignments on WebAssign, which are a required part of the class. No late homework will be accepted for any reason. However, the three lowest homework scores will be dropped at the end of the semester before computing your homework average. For more information regarding online homework visit

Suggested Problems from Stewart: These problems are recommended for students to study course material more thoroughly and to see additional types problems that may be on exams. These problems can be found here:

Exam Schedule:

There will be 2 in-class exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below.

Exam 1

Exam 2

Final Exam


Feb. 23 (Wed.)

Apr. 6 (Wed.)

May 11 (Wed.)


HELD 113

HELD 113

HELD 113


Your final course grade will be determined by your performance on on-line homework and exams. The contribution of these items toward your grade are as follows:



On-line Homework


Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Exam


The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades:


Percentage of Total Points











Help Sessions:

This semester Help Sessions for Math 221/251 are available five nights per week at the following times and locations:
    Sunday-Thursday, 8:00-10:00pm, BLOC 148
Please stop by if you have questions about homework or course material. Also see for additional information.

Detailed Syllabus:

We will use the following schedule for lectures, covering material out of the given sections of Stewart. We will adhere to this schedule as closely as possible, though changes may be necessary as the semester progresses.

Week 1 (1/19-1/21): Sections 11.1-11.3
Week 2 (1/24-1/28): Sections 11.4-11.6
Week 3 (1/31-2/4): Sections 11.7-11.8, 12.1
Week 4 (2/7-2/11): Sections 12.2-12.5
Week 5 (2/14-2/18): Sections 12.6-12.8
Week 6 (2/21-2/25): Exam 1 on Wed. 2/23; Section 13.1
Week 7 (2/28-3/4): Sections 13.2-13.5
Week 8 (3/7-3/11): Sections 13.6, 13.8
Week 9 (3/21-3/25): Sections 13.9-13.11
Week 10 (3/28-4/1): Sections 14.1-14.3
Week 11 (4/4-4/8): Exam 2 on 4/6; Section 14.4
Week 12 (4/11-4/15): Sections 14.5-14.6
Week 13 (4/18-4/20): Section 14.7-14.8
Week 14 (4/25-4/29): Section 14.9
Week 15 (5/2-5/3): Review
Wed., 5/11, 10:30-12:30: Final Exam

Course Policies:

Missed Work: Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work.

Academic Dishonesty: "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do." It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your write-ups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. Please see the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web at

Disability Assistance: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services in Cain Hall, Room B118, or call 845-1637. Students seeking speical considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance of the exam. For more information, visit

Copyright Information: All printed handouts and web materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission of the instructor.

Contact Information: Course announcements may occasionally be made via e-mail (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets). Students should regularly check their neo e-mail accounts.

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