Math 2720:  Multivariable Calculus

Jeff Strom
6607 Everett Tower
387-4553
Jeff.Strom-AT-wmich.edu
Practice for Exam 1

Practice for Exam 2

Information for Final Exam

Practice Final Exam

Homework

Assignments:
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Differential Forms and Stokes' Theorem Homework

Projects:
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Class Meets
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
from 1:00 to 1:50,  in 3393 Rood Hall

Office Hours
Tuesday from  9:30 -- 10:25
Thursday and Friday from 12:00 to 12:50
Or by appointment, or simply drop in.
If I'm not busy, I'll be happy to talk with you.

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Vector Calculus
by Thomas Barr

You can see a rough schedule and outline of the course here.

There will be
(a)  homework, quizzes, projects, and in-class work of various kinds
(b)  Two midterm in-class exams
(c)  One final exam
(b)  midterm exams each count for 25% of your final grade, and
I grade on an unusual scale:

4  Perfect
3  Very Good, with some minor errors
2  On the right track, but major errors
1  Fundamental Errors
0  Essentially No Work

The final course letter grade will be determined according to a curve which will at least as friendly as:
80% and above:   A
70% and above:   B
60% and above:   C
50% and above:   D
You are encouraged to work together on the homework assignments.  On the exams, needless to say, you may not confer with anyone but me.
What I Expect From Your Work
You are probably accustomed to preparing homework problems with the goal of proving to your instructor that you `know how to do' the problems.  In this class, you are expected to do much more than that.  Your work should present a coherent string of ideas, starting with the problem statement and proceeding to your solution in such a way that a typical student in the class could understand without you being there to clarify anything.  Here's a list of things to think about before turning in your work.
• Have you stated the problem accurately, including all the given information?  You don't have to copy the problem from the book word-for-word, but you do need to write down all the important information.
• Have you solved the problem that was asked?  Look back at the original problem statement!
• Have you clearly shown how you arrived at your solution?  Being able to answer this question can be tricky, but it is a very important skill.  You need to learn how to read what you have written, and not what you meant to say.
• Is your work neat and well-organized?  You should expect, especially for difficult problems, to solve a problem on one (or several) sheets of paper, and then decide how to explain your solution and write up your solution on a fresh sheet.

Here are, or will be, some examples of acceptable and unacceptable homework.
Exam Schedule
The exam schedule is as follows:
Exam 1             Middle of February
Exam 2             Late March/Early April
Final Exam       Monday, April 27, 2:45--4:45
The final exam will be cumulative, but will concentrate on the material covered in the last part of the course.  Let me know as soon as possible if you have a conflict with any of these exam times!