Course Information

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Getting Started
  1. Read the Syllabus below.
  2. Print the  Daily Calendar below and hang it on your refrigerator.
  3. Take the Syllabus Quiz at the end of this block.
  4. Do the Intro to MOM assignment at the end of this block to orient yourself to this online homework system.
  5. Go to  Section 9.1 .
  6. Read the text linked there and try some of the examples by writing them down on paper.
  7. Check out some of the videos linked under the text.
  8. Attempt the homework.
  9. Contact your instructor if you have any questions.
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Course Info

This course is based on Contemporary Calculus by Dale Hoffman.  A printed version of the calculus 2 (chp 9-11) book is available on Lulu (soon to be on Amazon?).

Alternatively, each section is also linked to OpenStax Calculus

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MTH 253 - Calculus III - Spring 2017

Gary G. Parker
Department of Mathematics
Blue Mountain Community College

Office: Emigrant 109
Office Hours: 10 AM daily, and by appointment
Telephone: (541) 278-5772
Email: [email protected]
Contact me to schedule alternate office hours.

Course Description:

Students will study infinite sequences and series, power series, polar and parametric functions, and Vectors, Lines and Planes in 3D. Technology will be used where appropriate. (Credits: 5)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MTH 253 or equivalent as determined by the instructor.

Required Materials:

Hoffman, Dale. 2016. Contemporary Calculus. Bellevue College.
OpenStax Calculus Account
Graphing Utility: calculator or program

Student Outcomes:

After completion of this course the student will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Polar and Parametric Functions 
    Ch. 9, all sections;
  • Sequences and Series 
    Ch. 10, all sections;
  •  Vectors, Lines and Planes in 3D
    Ch. 11, some sections;
  • application problems incorporating the above topics, emphasizing clear communication of solutions.

Method of Instruction:

This class meets weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11-11:50, with a study session on Friday. This is not self paced. You are to keep up with the class schedule. Plan to do math everyday.
A calculator and graphing paper are highly recommended.

Probable Dates for Chapter Completion:

Chapter Target Date Deadline
9 April 21 April 24
10 May 19 May 22
11 June 8 June 9
Final June 13 June14

How to Do Well:

  • Do math every day.
  • Do or try all homework.
  • Ask questions.
  • Plan and expect to do well.
  • Plan to spend a minimum of two hours per day, every day, on the material.
  • Find other students, whose study habits are compatible with yours, to work with regularly.
  • Be as neat and organized as you possibly can.


  • You are expected to do math daily.
  • You are expected to communicate with your instructor verbally and in writing.
  • Don’t cheat or you’ll be sorry. The negative value of the assessment will be assigned on the first instance of cheating. An F in the course will be assigned on the second.
  • Each section covered should be read before trying the homework.
  • You are expected to be considerate online, upholding the utmost respect for the educational environment. If you are inconsiderate, then you will be removed from our virtual classroom.


Homework will be done online, is to be worked on daily, and is part of your grade. You must write each problem on paper, noting the section and problem number.
Keep your homework in a loose-leaf notebook for easy reference when you have questions and in preparing for tests. Make sure that you show all of your work. Communicating a process is as valuable as showing an answer, especially when you are looking back at it later. When you are done with college nobody will care whether you can integrate a hyperbolic sine, but you will be expected to clearly communicate complex ideas.
It is strongly recommended that you do all relevant problems in the practice exercises at the end of each chapter before an exam.
You may be given other assignments throughout the quarter.

Testing Procedures:

There will be two mid-term tests, 100 points each, plus a comprehensive final exam, 150 points. These tests will be proctored, with no notes nor books. You should review each test soon after taking it.
Tests will be taken in class or at your nearest BMCC Center.
No make-up exams will be given. However, if you do miss one exam you may substitute your final exam percentage for that exam, or your lowest exam grade if you missed none.
The final exam must be taken no later than Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Method of Evaluation

Your final grade will be a weighted average, 25% for homework and quizzes, and 75% for exams.

Grading scale:
  A ≥ 90%
Homework & Quzzes = 25% B ≥ 80%
Exams = 75% C ≥ 70%
  D ≥ 60%
  F ≥ 0%

Special Services and Student Accommodations:

Students requiring assistance beyond the services provided in the regular classroom activities must seek out the instructor outside of class. Additional assistance is available at the Special Programs Tutoring Center.
Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact the Student Success Advisor at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Pendleton OR 97801, Phone 541-278-5934 or TDD 541-278-2174. Contact should be made 72 hours in advance of the event.


The syllabus may change depending upon the needs of a particular class. Please verify topics, tests and other due dates with your instructor.
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Text content was remixed by Jeff Eldridge from work by Dale Hoffman licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, with the exception of the supplemental review chapter, which was remixed from work by David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.  The chapter 4 links are currently to the original work by Dale Hoffman.

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