Text: Vector Calculus, 5th Ed, by Marsden and Tromba
(Plus appendices from Calculus by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, McCallum, et al. )
Office Hours: 12:30-1:20 M,T,R, 3:30-4:20 M, T, R, and by appointment
Multivariate Calculus extends the ideas of change
(differentiation) and area (integration) to three (or more)
dimensions. The ideas discussed in this course are heavily
utilized in subjects such as Engineering and Physics.
Topics include: vectors and vector algebra, curves and surfaces
in space, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, the
rule, the gradient vector, multiple integrals, volume, surface area,
the change of variables theorem, line integrals, surface integrals,
Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and Stokes' Theorem. In
we will also touch on complex numbers and functions and polar
Course Material: We will be covering essentially all of the textbook, except for Chapter 3. The schedule webpages (one each for the first and second halves of the semester) are available off the course webpage. You should check the schedule to find out what we will be covered in a given class period. I will expect you to read through the section before coming to class. Please note that this schedule will occasionally be updated.
Exams: There will be two quizzes and three hour exams. These are scheduled for:
Exam 1: 9/20 Exam 2: 10/13 Quiz 1: 11/1 Quiz 2: 11/11 Exam 3: 12/6
Final Exam: 200 points, Tuesday, Dec 20, 3:30-5:30, Classroom . (Comprehensive)
Homework: Your cumulative score on homework problems will be scaled to a total of 200 points. Let the Golden Rule be your guide in preparing this homework: write it as if you were the person who would have to grade it. Doing homework is a very essential part of mastering mathematics -- spend enough time on the homework so that you fully master the topic in question. Please note that assignments are due at the beginning of the class period and no late homework will be accepted. I will, however, drop the lowest two homework scores.
Honor Policy: Every Gustavus student now agrees to abide by the academic honesty policy and honor code as a condition for enrollment. (I include here a link to the honor policy.) All students are expected to write and sign the following honor pledge on every examination and graded paper:
On my honor, I pledge that I have not given, received, nor tolerated others' use of unauthorized aid in completing this work.
Since there are two forms of assessment in this course (tests and homework), let me explain how this policy applies to each of these categories.
I will expect that each student does each exam entirely on their
own. Since I will be proctoring the exams, I expect that there
be little issue here. I will put the standard honor pledge on the
front of each exam for you to sign. The first violation of this
policy on an exam will result in a 0 on that exam, and the Dean of the
Faculty will be notified, as mandated by the policy. The second such
violation will result in failing the course as well notification of
the Dean of the Faculty.
Homework is a little different, since I encourage you to work on the homework together, though I want you to do so in an honorable way. This means that while you can discuss problems and their solutions, each of you should make a real effort to solve each problem by yourself, and you should give credit to any people or texts (other than the course texts) that helped you find solutions. Also, I expect that you will write up your work individually and never copy someone else's writeup. Should I detect students copying each other's work, I will on the first occasion talk with the people having similar work. On the second infraction, I will give you a 0 for that assignment and notify the Dean of the Faculty. Any further violation will result in increasing penalties, up to failing of the course. I will not require you to sign the honor pledge for each homework assignment.
Final Exam 200
TOTAL 800 pts
Final course grades are based on a standard scale -- A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 90%, C = 70 - 80%, D = 60 - 70%, F = 0 - 60%. I reserve the right to adjust the final grade; for example, if your scores show a definite trend upwards, I will probably give you a higher final grade than your percentage grade would suggest.
Disability Services: Gustavus Adolphus College is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs. If you have a documented disability (or you think you may have a disability of any nature) and, as a result, need reasonable academic accommodation to participate in class, take tests or benefit from the College’s services, then you should speak with the Disability Services Coordinator, for a confidential discussion of your needs and appropriate plans. Course requirements cannot be waived, but reasonable accommodations may be provided based on disability documentation and course outcomes. Accommodations cannot be made retroactively; therefore, to maximize your academic success at Gustavus, please contact Disability Services as early as possible. Disability Services is located in the Advising and Counseling Center.
Course Web Site: http://www.gac.edu/~hvidsten/courses/MC222