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Syllabus: Math 253 Calculus III
Clackamas Community College – Spring 2017

Math 253 course Math 253-01, 5 credit hours
meeting times TThF 11:00-12:25pm Barlow 239
prerequisite Pass Math 252 Calculus II with a grade of C or better
description Infinite sequences and series, introduction to linear algebra
Course Necessities calculator A TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator is highly recommended. Instructional demonstrations will be made on the TI-84+ calculator. Cell phones will NOT be permitted as calculators in this class on quizzes or tests. A calculator rental program is available through A.S.G. Student Services (x 2245).
texts Students do not need to purchase or rent either book. Relevant pages are all available online. See the course Moodle page for details.
Matrix and Power Series Methods, 5th edition, Lee and Scarborough, Wiley
Calculus: Concepts and Contexts
, 4th edition, James Stewart, Brooks/Cole
Moodle Materials for the course (Syllabus, Calendar, Handouts, Links, Announcements, etc.) can be found on Moodle. Either log onto or
Math Lab in Dye Learning Center Free Tutoring – No Appointment Necessary!
Dye Learning Centre on O.C. campus             Harmony Campus
Mon–Th 9:00am – 8:00pm                           Mon & Wed 10am-noon
Fri 9:00am – 5:00 pm                                   Mon–Th 4pm – 6pm
Sat 11:00am – 3:00 pm
Instructor Bruce Simmons office  Streeter 111
office phone 503-594-3332 voice           503-650-6658 fax
office hours Streeter 111 (my office): TTh 10:00-11:50am, W 11:00-11:50am
In the Math Lab: M 11:00-11:50am
In Harmony 210: TTh 5:00-6:00pm
or by appointment at some other time

Homework Notebook Assigned homework problems should be completed in accordance with the calendar and stored in a notebook that will be collected and assessed on the two unit test days and on the final exam day. You will be given a cover sheet for your notebook. Please do all work in PENCIL.

Problem Sets There will be a Problem Set due most Tuesdays. I encourage you to collaborate with your classmates as you sort through the problems, but ultimately you must write your own solutions without copying the work of others. There will be seven Problem Sets, with due dates listed on the course calendar. Your lowest-scoring problem set will be dropped.

Activities There will be a variety of activities and/or worksheets that will be assigned. The activities will not be graded. They are designed to prepare you for the Homework and the Problem Sets.

Tests There will be two tests worth 100 points each.  Tests are to be taken at the scheduled time unless arrangements are made with me in advance.  You must contact me prior to the testy to reschedule.  Twenty percent may be deducted from any exams taken late.  Failure to take the test at the scheduled time without prior arrangements may result in a zero.  See the calendar for test dates. Cell phones are not allowed on tests and exams.

Final Exam A comprehensive final exam worth 150 points will be given in our classroom in accordance with the CCC Final Exam schedule. Do not miss the final exam.

Course Grade Your grade for the course will be determined by the number of points you earn through your scores as shown in the table below. I don't offer extra credit or make-up work.

Component Points
Problem Sets (best 6 @ 25 pts each) 150
Homework Notebook (20 pts each) 60
Test 1 100
Test 2 100
Final Exam 150
Total 560

At the end of the course I will add up all the points you earned and divide the number of possible points. Your resulting percentage will correspond to a letter grade: 90% or higher for an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C, 60% for a D, and less than 60% results in an F. Your final course grade will be available via myClackamas (, usually within a couple of days after the final exam.

Please also note: Withdrawal from the class is the responsibility of the student. A grade of “I” (incomplete) will be given only if 75% of the work for the course has been completed with a grade of “C” or better, and by prior, individual arrangement with the instructor. An “audit” grade (“X”) implies attendance and participation and must be arranged with the instructor.

Content Policy You are responsible for all material covered.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get caught up by consulting with a classmate or your instructor. All schedule and assignment information for this course is tentative and the instructor reserves the right to make any changes that are deemed necessary.

Accommodations If you have specific physical, psychiatric, and/or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the quarter so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the DRC (Disability Resource Center) located in the Community Center. The DRC can be reached at 503.594.6357 or by email at

The DRC website is at

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