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.

Grading
There will be
(a)  homework, quizzes, projects, and in-class work of various kinds
(b)  Two midterm in-class exams
(c)  One final exam
These will determine your grade by the scheme
(a)  homework, quizzes, etc. count for 25% of your final grade, 
(b)  midterm exams each count for 25% of your final grade, and
(c)  the final exam counts for 25% of your final grade
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.
Rubric for Homework

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!
Your Responsibilities
You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 274-276) Catalog that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.
Incompletes
You probably won't get an incomplete.   An incomplete may be given only when illness, necessary absence, or other reasons beyond the control of the student prevent completion of the course requirements by the end of the session.  They are rarely given, and cannot be given as a substitute for a failing grade.
Other Concerns
Please talk to me as soon as possible, or whenever something comes up, about any other concerns you have about the class.  If you have a disability and may require disability-related accommodations, talk to me as soon as possible; this includes invisible disabilities like chronic diseases, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.  If you have athletic or other extracurricular commitments and hope to accommodate them, talk to me.  If you are ill and fall behind on work, talk to me.  If you are in any way concerned about the course or your performance in it, talk to me. If you can't do the homework, go to the tutorials, or talk to me. Make an appointment, either after class, by phone or via email, if you can't make regular office hours.