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Dr. K. G. TeBeest
Fall 2014

Course Policy Dr. TeBeest's Schedule
Comments about Final Exams Maple Tutorials
Journal Format Guidelines Developing Good Study Habits
Stuff You Must Know before MATH-203 Course Syllabus


  1. Recall:   You should be recording your study times in your Study Journal daily.
    If you did not receive a "blue book" from me in which to keep your journal, let me know.

  2. FINAL EXAM:   Thursday, Dec. 18 (Week 11), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon     (posted here Thursday of Week 3, Oct. 23)
    ROOM: AB 4-312    (our normal classroom)
    The final exam is comprehensive (may include anything we covered in class.
    Click here for Kettering's Final Exam Schedule by Date and Time.
    Click here for Kettering's Final Exam Schedule by Course.
    NOTE: University policy states that is your responsibility to check for scheduling conflicts with other final exams immediately. If you have a scheduling conflict please resolve it immediately per university policy here. However, if another instructor reschedules one of your final exams and causes a scheduling conflict, then it is that instructor's responsibility to resolve the conflict.

  3. Does anyone other than university students and university instructors use Maple?   (I do not receive compensation from MapleSoft.)
    See News Article 1 >>
    See News Article 2 >>

  4. I strongly encourage you to work with "study buddies."

  5. You should have all electronic devices (phones, i-whatevers, MP3 players, ear-buds, etc.) completely turned off and stowed before coming to class. Recording devices are strictly prohibited. Using electronic devices during class without my permission may result in their being confiscated and in academic discipline.

  6. If you miss a class, you should obtain copies of the lecture notes from a classmate.

  7. How much should a college student study?


  1. Review Problems. October 6

  2. Do all the examples in the first Maple tutorial entitled Basics. October 6
    1. Do not use the shortcut menu buttons in the left panel of Maple. Rather, manually type the commands as they appear in the Maple examples.
    2. You should work all assigned Maple examples immediately to help you prepare for the Maple assignments.
    3. There also may be Maple related questions on exams.

    Kettering has made Maple amply available on many PCs throughout the AB.

  3. Section 10.1 – Parametric Representations of Curves. October 8
    NOTE: I also posted examples there.

  4. Section 10.2 – Calculus with Parametric Curves. October 9
    I will finish this section on Friday, but you should do what you can asap.

    Since the use of Maple is required in this course, you should be finished with Assignment 2 by now.

  5. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. October 10
    You should complete Assignment 2 before doing this. Remember that these assignments will acquaint (or reacquaint) you with Maple and prepare you for the Maple assignments.

  6. Section 10.3 – Polar Coordinates. October 13

    Happy Columbus Day!

  7. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. October 16

  8. Section 10.4 – Areas in Polar Coordinates. October 17

  9. Section 12.1 – 3-D Cartesian (Rectangular) Coordinates. October 17

  10. Maple Assignment 1.    posted Oct. 19
    Due Monday, Oct. 27 at the beginning of class. Recall that late submissions are NOT accepted.
    You may work in groups of no more than 3 people. Collaboration of people from different groups will be treated as cheating. Make sure each member in the group learns from the assignment.

  11. Section 12.2 – Vectors in 2-D and 3-D Cartesian (Rectangular) Coordinates. October 22

    Recall:   Students are to take the exam at the scheduled time.


    Facie (noun)   \'fā • cē,    'fay • see\ :
    1. an image of one's face taken by oneself or by another person using a digital camera or phone,
      especially for posting on social networking sites or smartphones for personal identification.
    2. a photo ID showing only the face.
    First Known Use of FACIE – 16:34 UTC, October 12, 2014 by Kevin G. TeBeest, Michigan USA
    Formerly:   "profile photo" (archaic)
    Usage:  Professor TeBeest sent a photo of himself playing his drums to his brother who wanted a photo ID for his smartphone. The brother whined saying, "Send me a photo of your ugly face you stupid   #§%&  ‰$†@   €‡¿þ   ¶¢¥!¡!" So Professor TeBeest sent his brother a facie.
    Etymology:  French façade ("a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect," Merriam–Webster); Italian facciata, a derivative of faccia ("front"), from Latin facies ("face");
    Geographical Use:  worldwide
    Not to be confused with selfie, which is a photo taken by oneself of one's own body or part of the body, usually due to vanity.

    Inform your friends and family! Let's make it go viral. Start using it in conversations and online and explain it when they ask you what it means. It's fun!

  12. Section 12.3 – Dot Product & Projections. October 24

    You should rework Exam 1 immediately after it is returned. (Recall that a score below 60% is an F. See the course policy.)

  13. Section 12.4 – Cross Product. October 27

  14. Section 12.5 – Lines & Planes. October 29

    I've added these two documents summarizing the vector products and their properties:


Remember that:

  1. You are responsible for successfully completing all assigned problems in all your courses.
  2. The exams may include problems similar to these assignments and lecture examples and may include questions about Maple.
  3. We must maintain a steady pace to cover the material that constitutes Math-203. If you have difficulty with a section, be sure to see me for help immediately.
  4. No matter how simple a topic appears when you see my examples or read the text, you will almost certainly have difficulty completing an exam if you do not practice the examples and do the assignments beforehand.
Tutors are available in the SARC (AB 3-341) and at various other places and times.

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