Math 2720

Fall 2017

MTuThF 10:00 - 10:50

3309 Rood Hall

Mobius Strip


Jay Treiman, (269) 387-4571, jay.treiman at



5525 Everett Tower, MF 11:00-11:50, TuTh 12:00-12:50, and by appointment



Vector Calculus by Thomas Barr

Maple 2017, optional



The prerequisite for this class is calculus II, Math 1230 or Math 1710. It will also be helpful for this section if you have had a physics class. We will try to include a good number of applications from science and engineering in this class.

You are responsible for all material in the text and all material presented in class. This includes any material not in the text and all material in the text that was not presented in class.  A list of topics is available.

It is expected that you will spend at least 2 to 3 hours outside class for every hour in class. Even though roll will not be taken, you are expected to attend all classes.

A list of expectations may be available.

You are expected to follow all university policies.

The last day to withdraw is November 6, 2017. A tentative schedule may be available.


Electronic Devices:

All cell phones, wireless devices, mp3/mp4 type media players, and similar devices are to be turned off and put away while you are in the classroom. Use of one of these devices during a quiz/exam will be considered cheating.


Calculator policy:

A TI-89 graphing calculator is highly recommended. We will use many of the extra features of these calculators, including their symbolic computation abilities. The TI-Nspire CAS does almost everything that the TI-89 does, however, its use will not be supported by the instructor in this class



A list of problems to work will be on this web site. You are responsible for all of the problems. If you have any questions about problems, please ask them in class or in office hours.


On-Line Homework:

There may be on-line homework. This depends on availability of the homework system and the time to get problems into the system .

The site is at



There will be a quiz every Friday except during exam weeks. They will cover all of the material through the Tuesday before the quiz. No early or make up quizzes will be given.


In Class Work:

There may be assignments given to be worked in class. These may take from 10 to 50 minutes and will be graded. Some of these can be done in groups. The scores will be added to the quiz scores.


Maple assignments:

There will be assignments using Maple, a computer algebra system. These assignemnts will be in drop boxes on WMU's e-learning system. All assignments must be turned in through e-learning. More details will be available later.



Three exams exams will be given given. The tenative date for the exams are September --, October __, and December __, 2017.


Final Exam:

The final exam will be given on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:00 - 10:00 A.M. in the usual class room. It will be comprehensive.


Grading policy:

All quizzes and exams will following the following outline. 50% of the questions are things you must be able to do, 25-30% of the problems are things you should be able to do, and 20-25% of the questions are more difficult. It is not uncommon for averages to be around 60% or lower.

To pass this class with a "C" you must demonstrate that you can do all the required material. Averages for a "C" may go down to 50%. Averages for a "A" may go down to 80%.

The distribution of grades is as follows. The final exam is worth 30%, each test is worth 17.5%, and the total from the quizzes, on-line homework, Maple assignments and in class work is worth 17.5%. The on-line homework will not count for more than 5% of your grade.


Jay Treiman: jay.treiman at