Math 147: Calculus III,
Fall Semester 1997
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- Course Description
- The calculus of 2 and 3 variables, optimization, integration, curves
and surfaces, vector fields, and line integrals.
- Text: Multivariable Calculus, Preliminary Edition By
W. McMallum, D. Hughes-Hallett,
A. Gleason, et al.
- I have problems with this text, not unlike the problems raised by others.
For example, see letters to the editor of the Notices of
the AMS. The book is too "lite"; there are not
enough exercises; definitions are unnecessarily imprecise. Sometimes terminology
is used sloppily. For example, the text defines what it means for a function
of two variables to have a local extremum at point. That's all very
well and good. But a few pages later, in the statement of the second derivative
test, the book describes the condition under which a point is a
local extremum of a function. This guarantees that some students will confuse
the value of a function with its argument.
- Our department will be reviewing calculus texts in view of making a
new selection for the Fall of 1998.