MATH 213

Multivariable Calculus

Math 213-001

Innovation Hall 204
Tu/Thu 1:30-2:45pm

Dr. Goldin
Science and Tech I, Room 207
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 2:45-3:30 & Thursdays 11:00-11:45, and by appointment
703-993-1480. Messages are not checked regularly. The best way to reach me is by email.

C or better in Math 114 or equivalent.  If you earned a C in previous calculus classes, you will find this course extremely difficult. Earning a B or better from prerequisite courses is recommended.


Calculus:  Early Transcendentals, by: Briggs & Cochran, ISBN# 0321716051. You must buy the version that comes with an online password for MyMathLab, or you will have to buy the code separately. If you buy a used book you'll have to buy the code separately or find a friend who has a code he or she is not using.

Course Content
We will roughly cover material from Chapters 11-14 in this text. I will alert you to more details or any skipped sections as we go forward.

Exam Dates
The exam dates are subject to change, but they are currently scheduled for

Exam 1: October 2, and
Exam 2: November 15.

Please check back here for any changes as the semester goes on.

Final Exam :  Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1:30pm-4:15pm.

There are no make up tests allowed unless you have an extremely serious and well-documented excuse. You must see me in advance if at all possible, such as a religious reason. If this is not possible due to the nature of the event, you must provide written documentation, such as a dated and timed letter from a doctor/hospital in the case of medical excuse, a death certificate in the case of a family death, etc. A flat tire or car trouble is NOT a valid excuse. Oversleeping is not an excuse. Minor medical difficulties such as a headache or flu that does not require being in the doctor's office is not an excuse. A court date to dispute a ticket is not an excuse. If you are not sure if your reason is excusable, and/ or if you can possibly make it to the exam but it's inconvenient, then it is not an excuse.

The homework (and possibly the quizzes) will be accessed through Homework problems will be assigned regularly, and you may ask questions about homework either during recitation or during class. The homework is online. To access the online homework and related materials for the course, read this document. You must have a code to get online.

There will be two quizzes, the "Should I Drop This Course Quiz", and the "Am I Mostly Prepared for the Final Quiz", offered at appropriate times during the semester. The exact dates and venue will be announced in class.

Your grade for the course will be calculated based on online homework (15%), two quizzes (2.5% each), two in-class exams (22.5% each), and a final exam (35%). There is no changes of scale on homework, however exams may have a change of scale. You will be notified of this scale after each exam.

I reserve the right at my discretion to increase your grade slightly. I will not decrease your score unless I find a violation of class policy or honor code. However, there is no sympathy for students who do not come to class, do not read in advance, and do not do the homework! Make-up tests are given only in extraordinary situations that require written proof. Solutions will be posted online as soon as possible.

Disability statement
If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Resources at 703.993.2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

Honor Code
The University Honor Code is to be followed at all times. Sharing information of any kind about exams or quizzes is prohibited. Any violations will be sent to the Honor Committee and will result in a grade of zero. See the University Honor Code.

Tutoring Center
The Math Tutoring Center is located in the Johnson Center Rm 344. Help is available on a walk-in basis. For hours of operation see

General Remarks
Please be considerate of other students.
NO LAPTOPS ARE ALLOWED IN THE LECTURE HALL. If you have a specific need, please see me to discuss.
Please get to class on time. If you must arrive late or leave early sit in the back near the door to minimize the distraction.
Please turn off your cell phone before class. Please close your tablets unless you are using them to take notes.
My responsibility as the instructor of this course is to answer questions and organize the material in a logical manner to facilitate learning. Your job as the student is to learn the material! You do this by attending class, paying attention, doing homework, resolving questions about the material, and studying hard. My expectation is that you are working approximately 10 hours each week outside of class on the material related to this course.