Frequently asked questions about Math 251
A. Free possibilities include asking questions in class,
going to either your instructor's or a TA's office hours, and
going to the Learning Resource
Center or the MSLC Math and
Science Learning Center.
A non-free alternative is to go to room 303 Hill Center and ask for their list of tutors for Calc III.
A. If the bad grade is a C or higher, one answer to the your first question could be -- Be glad it's only a fifth or so of your grade. Do better on the rest of the exams, quizzes, etc., and you'll be okay.
A longer answer: it helps if you keep up with the material as we go along. Studying the night before isn't as helpful as keeping up on a weekly or (better) class-by-class basis. When you find something from an earlier semester that you've forgotten, go back to the appropriate section of the text, reread it, and do some of the problems.
Part of this has to do (I theorize) with short term versus long term memory. You want your calculus in long term memory because as an engineer you'll be using it for years in courses like fluids. That means learning the material and then retesting yourself every so often to make sure that it hasn't evaporated. Think of multivariable calculus as a skill, like tennis or piano playing, that has to be learned over time and maintained if you want good results.
A1 (recommended). A student version of Maple is available from Maplesoft for a moderate price, and there are frequently special offers giving additional discounts. If you are interested in purchasing a personal copy, look here for more detailed instructions.
A2. From your home computer, you can run Maple (and other software)
through the website
To use this service, please follow the instructions found
This service is free, but can be less reliable, and more awkward, than a copy running on your own computer.
If you are not going to install Maple on your own computer, you should complete the lab well ahead of time so that you do not miss the deadline due to forces beyond your control.
Maintained by course coordinator and computer coordinator.
For Spring 2015: speer@math, cherlin@math.