Math 251, Section H1: Multivariable Calculus
Fall 2006

Course Description

"Analytic geometry of three dimensions, partial derivatives, optimization techniques, multiple integrals, vectors in Euclidean space, and vector analysis." (Taken from the undergraduate catalog.)


The schedule will have a list of topics, organized by week. The assigned homework will be added as the semester progresses.


Name Office E-mail Phone Office Hours
Saul Schleimer HLL-207 saulsch at math dot rutgers dot edu 732-445-1935 MW 11:00am to 12noon

Class meetings

Attendance will not be taken.

Activity Run by Time Location Peer Mentor
Lecture Saul Schleimer M6 5:00pm to 6:20pm SEC-216 BUS None
Lecture Saul Schleimer T6 5:00pm to 6:20pm SEC-211 BUS None
Workshop Saul Schleimer W6 5:00pm to 6:20pm SEC-216 BUS Aori Nevo


The text for this course, by James Stewart, is the standard Calculus: Early Transcendentals. (Warning: the AddAll webpage takes some time to load.) As another reference, you might look at the fairly famous book Div, grad, curl, and all that by Harry Schey, available in the library. You can also find capsule summaries of multivariable calculus topics at Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. Various other amazing things can be found online.

Please remember, however, that any material that you copy or paraphrase from a book, the web, a classmate, a professor, etc should be correctly cited. If you are unsure how to do this correctly please ask me in person or via email. For a relevant discussion of what constitutes plagiarism please consult the Rutgers Academic Integrity Policy.


Traditionally, the non-honors version of Calculus III (Math 251) includes a computer lab component. This usually consists of five or six worksheets of Maple problems. If I can get Maple working on my computer, figure out the syntax, and find/write some worksheets, we might do this.


See the schedule for the weekly list of homework problems. These are due at the beginning of the lecture one week after they are assigned. Your two lowest homework scores will be dropped. Late work will not be accepted. Please staple.


Exams are closed book. No calculators are allowed. You may, however, bring a single (two-sided) sheet of paper with whatever material on it that you desire. You may also use a ruler. For any problem on the exam which is left completely blank (except for possibly the phrase "I don't know.") you will receive 25% of the available points.

There will be two midterms and a final. See the schedule for dates. At least one-third of the problems on each midterm will be taken from the homework.


The final score is composed of 10% for homework, 20% for workshops, 20% for each midterm, and 30% for the final. Grades will be assigned on a curve, modified by common sense: if every student does well every student will receive a good grade.


Please tell me in person, or via email, about any errors on this website or made (by me!) in class.