Math 3214

Course Policy Sheet for Math 3214 #85506
Vector Calculus


L. Kay
Office: 534 McBryde
Phone: (540) 231-8260
Course webpage:

Office Hours

Tu 10:00-11:00; W 1:00-3:00; Th 1:15-2:15 & by appointment. These are tentative. Any change will be announced in class and (if it isn't temporary) posted on the Web. Any student with special needs or circumstances should feel free to meet with me during office hours or to make an appointment to see me. Outside of office hours, the most efficient way to reach me is by email.

Time and Place:

11:00-12:15 TuTh, McBryde 321


Vector Calculus, by Jerrold E. Marsden and Anthony J. Tromba. This book is recommended but not required. The bookstore has the 6th edition, but the 5th edition is also acceptable. The 6th edition has an internet supplement; the url is

Course Contents:

The course will not follow the book closely but will quickly review some topics from Chapter 1 and cover most of Chapters 2, 4, and 6-8, with particular emphasis on the integral theorems of vector calculus (the theorems of Green, Gauss, and Stokes) and all that has to be learned before the theorems can even be stated (curl, divergence, line and surface integrals...). The inverse and implicit function theorems (in Chapter 3) may be treated if time permits.


Math 2224, 2224H, 2204, 2204H, or 2406H; or CMDA 2005


Homework (exercises from the text) will be assigned daily but not collected.

Problem Sets:

Problem sets will be assigned and collected almost every week that there is no test, usually from a Thursday to a Thursday. These will be collected at the beginning of class and graded. Problem sets placed in my mailbox or under my door and not found until after class will be considered late. The lowest score will be dropped.


There will be 3 in-class midterm tests. The first will be on Thursday, Sept. 28, the second on Thursday, Oct. 26, and the third on Thursday, Nov. 30. If you cannot take a test at the scheduled time, please let me know as soon as possible. Make-up tests will be given for reasons that are, in my judgement, acceptable.

Final Exam:

There will be a written, comprehensive final exam on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2:05-4:05 PM.


Your grade will depend on your total point score in the course, which will be computed in two different ways; you will be given the higher of the two scores. The total possible number of points is 600. Method 1: Problem sets: tests: final = 20: 50: 30. The problem sets are worth 120 points, the tests are 100 points each, and the final is 180 points. Method 2: Problem sets: tests: final = 20: 30: 50. The problem sets are worth 120 points, the tests are 60 points each, and the final is 300 points. Total scores will be assigned minimum grades as follows: 90% will be at least an A-, 80% will be at least a B-, 70% will be at least a C-, and 60% will be at least a D-.

Honor System:

The Virginia Tech Honor Code applies to all graded work in this course. In a list taken verbatim from, the following are prohibited under the Honor Code:
  1. Cheating -- Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual giving or receiving of any unfair advantage on any form of academic work, or attempts thereof.
  2. Plagiarism -- Plagiarism includes the copying of the language, structure, programming, computer code, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and passing off the same as one's own original work, or attempts thereof.
  3. Falsification -- Falsification includes the statement of any untruth, either verbally or in writing, with respect to any circumstances relevant to one's academic work, or attempts thereof.

You may use your notes and text for homework problems; you may discuss problems with each other or with me; and you may consult other sources (human, printed, or electronic) to increase your understanding of the underlying mathematics. However, any assignment handed in must be written up individually and independently, and must be the product of your own understanding of the material. Copying a solution in whole or in part from any source (human, printed, or electronic) is prohibited. The inclusion of someone else's work as a part of your own without a full citation is a violation of the Honor Code.


As in many other mathematics courses this semester, class attendance will be taken daily. Attendance will not be used in determining grades, but will be kept for Mathematics Department records.