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,
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
Prerequisites & Corequisites:
Prerequisite: Math 1710 or Math 1230.
Credits: 4 hours.
Textbook: Thomas H. Barr,
Vector Calculus, second
edition, Prentice Hall, 2001.
department requires a TI-89 (or higher) calculator for this
course. See http://www.wmich.edu/math/academics/calculators.html
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
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
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
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
Accommodation for Disabilities:
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 http://catalog.wmich.edu 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."
to access the Code of Honor and
general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious
observance, student disabilities, etc.