Math 2720 - Multivariate Calculus and Matrix Algebra
Control number 10748
Spring Semester 2013
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
Updated January 31, 2013.
Time and location:
Class meets 9:30 - 10:20 a.m., MTWR, in D0204 Parkview. Final
exam is Monday, Apr. 22, 8 - 10 a.m.
Instructor: Jay A.
Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email:
Office hours: In
Parkview E-217: MW 11:30 a.m.-noon; TR 9-9:30 a.m.
Tower 6617: M 4-5 p.m.; W 2-3 p.m.
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.
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.
Usually, a homework assignment will be given on day n; questions on
that assignment may be asked in class on day n+1; and the assignment
will be due at the start of class on day n+2. 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 50-pt basis), three
in-class exams (up to 300 pts, 100 pts each), and a final exam (up
to 250 pts). That is a total of 700 possible points. I
will be at least as generous as follows: A-at least 630; BA-at
least 595; B-at least 560; CB- at least 525; C-at least 490; DC-at
least 455; D-at least 420.
Exam dates: Thursday,
January 31; Thursday, February 21; and Thursday, March 28---all in
class. Final exam is Monday, April 22, 8 - 10 a.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 Emmy Noether on
problems 3 and 11, and with Robert Bryant on problems 11 and
19"). Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own
version of the solution.
Accommodation for Disabilities:
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."
Please visit http://osc.wmich.edu and www.wmich.edu/registrar to access the Code of Honor and general
academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious
observance, student disabilities, etc.