General Information for Math 18(2)
Several Variable Calculus
Spring 2005

Important note:This course is one of two sections of math 18 this semester. This section is for students who have already studied linear algebra only. The other section is for students who have not already studied linear algebra. Be sure you are registered and attending the correct section

Instructor:My name is Thomas Hunter. My office in the mathematics department is Science Center 157. You can reach me by phone at 328-8244 or by email at

Office Hours: Mondays from 9:30 to 10:20 and Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:00 and by appointment. You can be sure to find me in my office during office hours. Other times are often fine, but to be sure that I am available, you should make an appointment with me.

Text: Vector Calculus (2nd Edition), by Susan Colley

General Game Plan I will assume that you know the material in Chapter 1 of the text. We will cover all of Chapters 2 through 7, and perhaps a bit of Chapter 8.

Meetings: 11:30–12:20 MWF in Science Center 158.

Homework: I will assign homework nearly every day in lecture and each week's worth of homework will be due in class the following Monday. I expect to have a grader for the course. The grader will be responsible for routine checking of weekly assignments. However, I will be responsible for the grading of exams of non-routine assignments and I will try to keep good track of the grader's work.

Exams: There will be two mid–terms and a final exam. The midterms will be in class on Wednesday, February 23 and Wednesday April 6. The final will be May 5, 9:00am – 12:00n in SCI 158. Each midterm will concentrate on the material since the last test (or the beginning of the course.) The final exam will be comprehensive. However, note that the material is linear, so answering questions about material covered later will necessarily reveal your knowledge of the earlier parts of the course. I may use this fact when composing your exams.

Grades: The final will be worth 200 points. The mid–terms will each be worth 100 points. The homework will be worth 100 points.

Clinic: Math Clinic will be run every evening which precedes a weekday, starting sometime in the first or second week of the semester. The Clinic is a great resource for all students---not just for those with difficulties. It is a place where you can work together with other students and know that help and encouragement are available whenever you need it.

Computer Facilities: There are a variety of good several variable plotting programs out there. In class, I will be using nucalc's Graphing Calculator. This and other useful programs are on the public Macs and PCs around campus. The department has a computer lab across from our common room. If you need technical assistance, you may contact our Computer Lab Manager, Steven Amgott at

Late work: Generally speaking late work will never be accepted and exams may never be taken late. In the case of irreconcilable conflicts you may schedule an exam earlier than the official time, but make up exams will not be given after the regularly scheduled exam except for the most extraordinary circumstances.

Collaboration and Academic honesty: I strongly encourage you to seek out others to work with. Discussing ideas about how to solve a problem, comparing where you have gotten stuck, and comparing final numerical answers are all allowed and encouraged. Copying another student's work or an answer key is plagiarism. When an idea is not your own, always cite your source, even if your source was a discussion with another student, with a clinician or your professor, or your textbook. For example, you might begin your solution with the phrase. ``Following the method of the example on page 13, … ''. Generally speaking, you should try to make all of the words in your solutions your own, but in cases where it makes sense to quote another author, always mark the quotation as such and indicate the source. Faculty regulations require that I report every plagiarism incident to the College Judiciary Committee.

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