Wednesday, May 17, 2017

total scores

Here are the total scores for the 150 people who took exam 4. The average score is 80.6 and the quartile scores are 74.0, 79.4, and 88.2; the person with the 75th highest score has a total score of 79.4.

status report

I will be uploading an adjusted midterm exam average for you in a little bit. Then, Andrew, Bang and I will make a decision about where to place grade boundaries. If your score is just below one of the current cutoffs you'll have to wait to see where your grade ends up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

exam 4 results (updated)

Last week, 149 150 brave calcunauts took exam 4. The mean is 66.9 and the quartiles are 56, 67.5, and 80.25. This was a difficult exam for many people but, overall, results are comparable to those from recent semesters:

Fall 2016: mean 70.3, quartiles 61, 74, and 84.
Spring 2016: mean 63.8, quartiles 54, 65, 76.
Fall 2015: mean 69.8, quartiles 62, 73, 82.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

beautiful solutions

Some of the very best students at UW take Math 2210, and produce solutions so simple and clear, they must be correct.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

exam 4 is history!

Exam 4 started at 3:30 pm, Thursday, May 11. The exam covers sections 14.1-14.8. Calculators and phones are not allowed at the exam. We will provide you with this equation sheet. Confused by the integral theorems? Here is an incomplete guide to using the theorems to compute line and surface integrals.

The equation sheet does not contain the transformation equations for cylindrical/polar coordinates, but you should know them by now, along with the formulas for $dA$ and $dV$.

Practice integration and partial differentiation. Know how to change variables in double and triple integrals. Know how to compute dot and cross products. Know how to compute the divergence and curl of a vector function. Know how to parametrize circles and lines. Know the cosine and sine of common angles like $0$, $\pi/6$, $\pi/4$, $\pi/3$, $\pi/2$, $\pi$, and $2\pi$ radians.

Your exam room is a function of the first three letters of your last name.

  • Aaa through Iri, go to CR 302
  • Jag through Rac, go to CR 306
  • Rai through Zzz, go to CR 310

  • Once again, we are sharing the rooms with Calculus II (or I) students. Don't sit next to another Calculus III student.

    To practice for the exam, use your MyMathLab, discussion, and mock exam problems. Solutions are available for these problems. If you don't understand something ask questions in class, at your discussion section, or during our office hours.

    How to prepare for this exam?
    ... I didn’t just do a math homework problem and turn it in. Instead, particularly if it was an important homework problem, I would work it and rework it fresh, spacing the practice out over several days. I wouldn’t peek at the answer unless I absolutely had to. That ensured I really could solve the problem myself—that I wasn’t just fooling myself that I knew it. After I was comfortable that I could really solve the problem by myself on paper, I then “went mental,” practicing the steps in my mind until the solution could flow like a sort of mental song. I could perform this kind of mental practice at times people often don’t think to use for studying—like in the shower, or when I was walking to class. I found that this attention to chunking eventually gave me sort of magic powers—I could glance at many problems, even ones I’d never seen before, and know virtually instantly how to solve them. ... Sometimes people think they suffer from test anxiety when they perform poorly on [a] test, but surprisingly often, they don’t. They’re simply experiencing panic as they suddenly realize they don’t know the material as well as they thought they did. They haven’t created neural chunks.

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    weekend challenge

    We know that curl $\vec{F}$ is $$\vec{\nabla} \times \vec{F} = \langle \frac{\partial R}{\partial y}-\frac{\partial Q}{\partial z},  \frac{\partial P}{\partial z}-\frac{\partial R}{\partial x}, \frac{\partial Q}{\partial x}-\frac{\partial P}{\partial y}\rangle.$$ Is it true that $$ \textrm{div}(\textrm{curl} \, \vec{F}) = \vec{\nabla} \cdot (\vec{\nabla} \times \vec{F})= 0?$$ Assume that the scalar functions $P$, $Q$, and $R$ are so smooth that their mixed second partial derivatives are equal, like $$\frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial x \partial y}=\frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial y \partial x}.$$

    lecture 41: divergence theorem

    I'll give a quick review of Stokes' theorem and then move on to our final extension of the fundamental theorem, the divergence theorem (14.8). You can find an explanation for why the divergence theorem involves $\vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{F}$ in my notes.

    You shouldn't leave the course thinking these theorems are only useful for avoiding a difficult line or flux integral. In my experience they are mainly useful for turning conservation laws into partial differential equations.

    calculate your total score

    A high score on the fourth exam can markedly improve your course grade. When we calculate your total score the lowest of your first three exam scores will be replaced by your fourth exam score (unless your fourth exam score is lower than all your scores on the first three exams).

    To see how this works, transfer your three exam scores, average discussion score, and average MyMathLab score to this Excel file (hit the download button at the top of the page). Then enter your best guess for exam four.

    If the DropBox link is too annoying, you can download the Excel file from WyoCourses. Look for Files/WhatsMyGrade.xlsx.

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    closed and open surfaces

    From a Wikipedia article on surfaces. Closed surfaces (left) have no boundaries. Open surfaces (right) have closed boundary curves (in red).

    lecture 40: stokes' theorem

    Today we'll look at Stokes' theorem (14.7). Stokes is another extension of the fundamental theorem. It relates the flux across a surface to a line integral around the boundary of the surface. My notes give some details on how the integrals are related. We'll verify Stokes' theorem by computing a surface integral and a line integral. Cool beans!

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    lecture 39: surface integrals (part 2)

    After finishing any leftovers from Friday, we'll calculate the flux of a vector function $\vec{F}$ across various surfaces (14.6).

    In this drawing, the flux of $\vec{F}$ across the oriented surface element $d\vec{S}$ is represented by the volume of the gray boxes. You can see that the flux is largest when $\vec{F}$ and $d\vec{S}$ are parallel, but decreases as the angle between the vectors increases. In detail, the differential of flux is equal to the dot product between $\vec{F}$ and $d\vec{S}$ and the flux through an entire surface is $$\iint \vec{F} \cdot d\vec{S} = \iint \vec{F} \cdot \hat{n} \, dS.$$