MATH224 Calculus III w/ Honors

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Course Information

MATH224: Multivariable calculus, including partial derivatives, multiple integration, and vector calculus.

Instructor Information

Section A

Instructor : Gus Greivel

Office : Stratton Hall 202

Office Phone : 303.273.3840

email :

Section B

Instructor : Scott Strong

Office : Stratton Hall 205 and CASA 122

Office Phone : 303.384.2446 (@ Stratton Hall)

email :

Office Hours: MWF @ 4:00pm in SH205 (drop in), MWF 10am-2:50pm (by appointment)

Onenote shared notebook: Onenote Notebook

Lecture Boards: Pictures


Laboratory Notebook Information

Textbook Information

Mathematica Information

CSM has a site license for Mathematica which can be used for instruction and academic research. It can be installed on personal computers and the following links will take you to the relevant information. Big thanks to Prof. Eklund for spearheading this acquisition.

Studio Materials

Studio 1

Studio 2

  • I am comfortable with simple plotting in Mathematica
 Strongly Agree: 12%
 Agree: 60%
 Neutral: 23%
 Disagree: 4%
 Strongly Disagree: 0%
  • Mathematica plotting commands are helping me understand functions of several variables
 Strongly Agree: 30%
 Agree: 50%
 Neutral: 16%
 Disagree: 3%
 Strongly Disagree: 0%


  Notes from the TAs
   The following reports were quite good: 37, 29, and 12.

Studio 3

Studio 4

  • Quadric surfaces quiz results.
  Question x: Attempt 1 - Percent Correct | Attempt 2 - Percent Correct
  Question 1: 77% | 94%
  Question 2: 79% | 76%
  Question 3: 69% | 84%
  Question 4: 67% | 93%
  Question 5: 86% | 98%
  Averages:   76% | 89%

The drop in the second question may be due to the fact that a circular cone was presented just before attempt 1. However, it still seems that cones are problematic.

Studio 5

It is clear that more can be accomplished with team-work than without. However, there is a latent assumption that a team is functioning, which is not always the case. Team development takes time and goes through phases as described by Tuckman. If we barrow a bit from management theory then we can use the Belbin team roles to demystify some of the impediments of team development. Many of us naturally fall into specific roles and often it is useful to adopt a role, which may not be natural to us, in order to further the group cause. We would like everyone to take a bit of time to look through these two pieces of information. On the next group submission you will be asked some questions about role identification and group function. Some more resource links are below.

   * Old blog post about team building
   * Pdf about team roles 
   * A blog post about Belbin team roles

Studio 6

   How are the groups doing? [Based on Studio 4 Data]
     Work Distribution: Equal (82%), Unequal (13%), EqualUnequal (5%)
     Skill/capabilities gains due to team activity: Yes (90%), No (10%)
     Team effectiveness: Effective (93.5%), Ineffective (6.5%)
     Team communication: Excellent (15%), Good (53%), Satisfactory (31%), Poor (2%)

Comment: At the heart of any function working group is an efficient and productive communication mechanism. Based on the above data, which is generally positive, we would like to see teams communication better. To support your growth in this category, let us remind you of:

  • Belbin Team Roles: Remember that everyone has behaviors and that sometimes these behaviors clash. When clashes occur, strong emotions manifest. A way to keep emotions from getting out of control is by assessing where both parties are coming from. It is often easier to understand a behavior when they are depersonalized with a label from a taxonomy. The Belbin team roles can be used for exactly this. Moreover, increased awareness of these archetypes allows one to transition between them as needs of the group change. You may want to take the personal inventory given here (save your results, we may ask you to submit them in an individual survey).
  Instruction Team Dispositions 
   Gus: Executive (19%), Explorer (17%), Innovator (14%),  Team Player (11%),   Analyst (11%), Expert (8%), Chairman (8%) ,Completer (8%),Driver (3%)
   Izzy: Innovator (17%), Driver (17%), Explorer (17%), Team Player (14%), Expert (11%), Chairman (11%), Completer (8%), Analyst (6%), Executive (0%)
   Michael: Driver (19%), Explorer (17%), Analyst (11%), Expert (11%),  Chairman (11%), Innovator (8%),  Team Player (8%), Completer (8%), Executive (6%) 
   Scott: Innovator (22%), Driver (17%), Team Player    (14%),  Explorer (11%), Expert (8%),  Chairman (8%), Executive (8%), Analyst (6%), Completer (6%)

  • Active Listening: Understanding yourself and your teammates does not guarantee that things will always run smoothly. Any team, even highly functional teams, succumb to strife. When this happens we must adopt practices that get us through the issues as quickly as possible. Active listening is a tactic one uses to make a conscious effort to hear not only the words that another person is saying but, more importantly, try to understand the complete message being sent. This youtube video gives a quick overview of the salient features of the tactic. Our advice is, don't wait for a breakdown to occur, start using this tactic right now and make a habit of using it daily. Everyone loves good listeners!

Studio 7

Student Submission Links and Returned Work

Work submissions will occur electronically. This post from Prof. Strong's associated blog talks about the first submission and links to this old, old blog post about tools that students can use to make digital records of their work.

A note about due dates: Your instructors understand that you are involved with many other courses outside of MATH224. As such, you should consider most due dates as soft deadlines. If you are in the middle of time critical work for another class that cannot wait then please do not stress. The submission site will be open and ready to receive your work if things run long. That said, please do not fall behind. If you feel like you are falling behind then please talk to your instructor ASAP.

Submission Links

Submission Tools

  • PDF Merge: This can take multiple PDFs and compile them into a single PDF.

Returned Work

Exam Information

 Important Dates
  October 9th - Group Problems Due
  October 16th - Studio Review Day
  October 23rd - Mid-term (In studio)

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