Math 13

Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions

General Information Schedule Homework Assignments Links Exams



Calculus (sixth edition) by James Stewart. The text is available at Wheelock Books. Note: This text is frequently used in the math department for a variety of classes, so it may be possible to obtain a used copy for a signifigantly cheaper price.


Greg Petrics Ralf Rueckriemen
Class Time MWF 11:15 - 12:20 MWF 11:15 - 12:20
x-hour Tuesday 12:00 - 12:50 Tuesday 12:00 - 12:50
Classroom 108 105
Office Kemeny 212 Kemeny 212
Office Hours Monday 12:30-2:30PM
Wednesday 12:30-2:30PM
Friday 12:30-1PM

or by appointment
Tuesday 1-3PM
Thursday 1-3PM

or by appointment
Email gregory.c.petrics ~at~ ralf.rueckriemen ~at~
Phone (603) 646-9809 (603) 646-9809


There will be two midterm exams and a final. Tentative dates are listed below. If you are unable to make an exam, it is your responsibility to notify your instructor at least 6 days prior to the exam and arrange a make-up time.

Date Time Room
Exam 1 Wednesday, October 21 4:00 - 6:00 Silsby Hall Room 028
Exam 2 Wednesday, November 11 4:00 - 6:00 Silsby Hall Room 028
Final Exam Monday, December 7 11:30am - 2:30pm Kemeny 008


Homework will consist of two parts:

  1. Webwork: this is an online homework system that gives you immediate feedback concerning the correctness of your responses. The webwork homework must be submitted online by 11:00 on the due date; the system does not permit late submission. Please see the this document (link coming soon) for information about how to use webwork. Each webwork assignment is worth approximately 3 points.
  2. Written homework: Typically, about two problems will be assigned from the text each class. The problems will be posted in the Homework Assignments section of the webpage. Please show your work fully. The written homework from the previous week will be due every Friday. Each written homework is worth ten points, and each assignment will be scored on a scale of 0 to 10.
In addition to the assigned homework problems, you will find the class time much more beneficial if you read the material in the text in advance of each lecture. It is very helpful to try working some of the homework problems in advance of the lecture so that you have a good idea of where the difficulties lie. You are strongly encouraged to do additional problems for practice.

Late homework will be reviewed, but you will recieve a score of 0.

Collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged, but all homework is to be written up independently!

Access webwork at
You may need to add the site as a "security exception". Click on Math 13 to initiate the login sequence, and access problems for this course.

The Honor Principle

On Exams and Quizzes: No help given or received. All exams and quizzes will be closed book. No calculators or computers are allowed--please let this guide your use of them elsewhere in the course.

On Homework: Working together is permitted and encouraged, but NO COPYING.   You are welcome to work in groups to discuss the ideas and specific problems (also feel free to talk with your instructors, tutors, and anyone else you may find). However, each student is expected to produce the final written homework set individually and independently. This means you cannot simply copy down the solution arrived at by the group, even if you were a member of the group. Computing devices are allowed on homework.


Grades will be computed in two different ways. You will receive the higher of the two scores.

Method 1 Method 2
Written Homework 100 100
Webwork 100 100
Midterms 150 each 200 each
Final 300 200
Total 800 800


There is one graduate TA, Asa Levi. He will run tutorial sessions in Kemeny 006, on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tutorials will begin on Sunday, September 27th.

Study Groups

The Tutor Clearinghouse has organized study groups for this course, and private one-on-one tutors are also sometimes available for Math 13. The tutors and study group leaders are recruited on the basis that they have done well in the subject, and are trained by the Academic Skills Center. Study Groups for this term will meet as follows:

Sunday 4-5:30 PM in Kemeny 006

Monday 7-9 PM in Kemeny 006


We encourage any students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with us, which might help you with this class, either after class or during office hours. Dartmouth College has an active program to help students with disabilities, and we are happy to do whatever we can to help out, as appropriate.

The Student Disabilities Coordinator, Nancy Pompian, can be reached at 6-2014 if you have any questions. Any student with a documented disability requiring academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with their instructor by the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Academic Skills Center may be consulted to verify the documentation of the disability and advise on an appropriate response to the need. It is important, however, that you talk to one of us as soon, so that we can make whatever arrangements might be needed in a timely fashion.

Whether or not you have a disability, the Academic Skills Center is an excellent place to visit. Take some time to look at their videos and other resources. Would you benefit from some of the planning tools? Do you think you could improve your note-taking skills? Is stress eating your life? You're the only one who knows what might benefit you, and it doesn't hurt to look.