- Background Questionnaire for you to fill out
- Study Guides
- Additional Course readings
- Daily assignments
- Portions of each week's problem set
- Suggestions for Reading a Math Book
**Problem Sets**

- A Description of Multi Problem Sets - How they work, expectations, etc.
- General Guidelines for Homework Presentation
- Due in January and February
- Due in March
- Due in April and May

**Study Guides****In Class Work****Project****Graphing Technology**

- Etiquette for using computers during class
- We'll be dealing with a lot of 3 dimensional concepts. It can be helpful to be able to picture these, and graphing calculators aren't going to be enough.
You will find the following two options useful off and on throughout the semester.

- The
*Multivariable Calculus Exploration*applet is a very cool free on-line applet for graphing in 3D. It allows you to quickly graph up to four 3D surfaces on the same set of axes, look at the surfaces from different viewpoints, and then trace the movement of points along the surface, show a tangent plane at a point, and then look at various different lines related to multivariable differentiation -- all without calculating the planes or lines. -
*Maple*is a very powerful Computer Algebra System. While it does take a bit of time to learn, it's not very hard and can do**alot**. In addition to graphing 3D surfaces*and*curves, it also will do alot of calculations for you, and allow you to do a lot of advanced graphing. On the other hand, it does**not**easily do what the Multivariable Calculus Exploration applet does, so they complement each other nicely.As long as your computer is connected to the campus network (wireless is okay) and your computer has a recent enough operating system, you may use Maple on it. Here are instructions for downloading Maple onto your computer, be it Mac or PC.

- The new versions of Maple have gotten very interactive and intuitive -- so much so that it's hard to write instructions. That being said, I've made a stab at it. Many of the tasks we'll want to do are
*not*interactive, and so I've included a list of commands as well in this introduction to Maple, and a list of some handy Maple commands. It's not completely updated for Maple 15 yet, but it should give you a good place to start, at any rate. - Mike Pepe of Seattle Community College has created a set of Maple tutorials called
*Maple Essentials*. They were created for a significantly older version of Maple, but are still useful. If you're using a PC, right-click on the link and select*Save Target As*... and save the file to the desktop. If you're using a Mac, control-click or right-click on the link and select*Save Linked File to Desktop*. Then locate the file MapleEssentials.zip on your desktop and double-click on it to open it. (On a Mac, this creates a folder called Maple Essentials on your desktop, that you then open to find all the tutorial files).

**Janice Sklensky**

**Wheaton College**

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

SC 1306

Norton, Massachusetts 02766-0930

TEL (508) 286-3973

FAX (508) 285-8278

jsklensk@wheatonma.edu

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