Math 2720 - Multivariate Calculus and Matrix Algebra

Control number 42232
Fall Semester 2012
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated September 13, 2012.

Time and location:  Class meets 4 - 5:40 p.m., MW, in 3395 Rood Hall.  Final exam is Monday, Dec. 10, 5 - 7 p.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:   2-3, MTWR.

Course description (from the undergraduate catalog):  "Vectors and geometry in two and three dimensions, matrix algebra, determinants, vector differentiation, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, linear transformations, multiple integration, and change of variables. The computer algebra system Maple will be used to explore some of these topics." 

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: Math 1710 or Math 1230.

Credits: 4 hours.

Textbook:  Thomas H. Barr, Vector Calculus, second edition, Prentice Hall, 2001.

Calculator:  The department requires a TI-89 (or higher) calculator for this course.  See .

Homework:  Here is the list of homework assignments for the semester.  Due dates will be announced in class.  Homework will usually be graded on an attempted/not attempted basis.

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (scaled to a 100-pt basis), quizzes (scaled to a 100-pt basis), three in-class exams (up to 300 pts, 100 pts each), and a final exam (up to 300 pts).  That is a total of 800 possible points.  I will be at least as generous as follows:  A-at least 720; BA-at least 680; B-at least 640; CB- at least 600; C-at least 560; DC-at least 520; D-at least 480. 

Exam dates:  Wednesday, September 26; Wednesday, October 24; and Wednesday, November 14---all in class (first hour).  Final exam is Monday, December 10, 5 - 7 p.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework, but not quizzes or exams.  If you work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Shiing-Shen Chern on problems 3 and 11, and with Karen Uhlenbeck on problems 11 and 19").  Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own version of the solution.

Accommodation for Disabilities:  Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
"You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] 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 your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test."

Please visit and to access the Code of Honor and general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, student disabilities, etc.