Department of Mathematics Course Policy Sheet for Math 2204H ( #85464 )
Intro Multivariable Calculus

Prerequisites: Math 1226

Peter Wapperom
McBryde 572
Phone : (540) 231-7252
Email :

Office Hours:
Tuesday 3:30-4:30, Wednesday 1:00-2.00pm
& by appointment

Email: For a timely response, include `Math 2204' in the subject line.

Class Meeting Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55am, McBryde 231

Final Exam Time: Monday December 18, 1:05-3:05pm
IMPORTANT: The final exam is a required class meeting that will not be rescheduled for discretionary reasons, including conflicts with work schedules, with classes and exams at other colleges, and travel. In particular, if you simultaneously take courses at NRCC, you need to check at the beginning of the semester that they will not have a conflict because the Math Department will NOT accommodate such a conflict.

Special needs: If you need adaptations or accommodations because of a disability (learning disability, attention deficit disorder, psychological, physical, etc.); if you have emergency medical information to share with me; or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

Text: Calculus-Early Transcendentals, 8th Ed., by J.Stewart, (Publisher: Cengage Learning, Year: 2015)
To determine whether you have the correct textbook, see the textbook info on the Math Department's 2204 Course Homepage

Course content: Math 2204 is an introduction to vector geometry, and differentiation and integration in multiple dimensions.
The Syllabus contains a detailed listing of the covered material.

The numerative grade will be based upon

  1. Three tests: 20% each
  2. Final exam: 20% (10% common final, 10% my final)
  3. Homework: 20%

All graded work counts. No scores are dropped.

The course grade will be assigned as follows:

90 guarantees an A (not an A-)
80 guarantees at least a B (not a B-)
70 guarantees at least a C (not a C-)
60 guarantees at least a D (not a D-)

+ and - grades will be given as well.

Homework policy

Written homework problems and due dates will be posted on my course website .
There will be 11 or more written homeworks. Only your highest 10 scores will count towards your grade. For the written part of the homework, only selected problems will be graded (partial credit). These problems will not be known to students in advance. Except for problems selected for grading, homework will not be marked.
IMPORTANT Submitted work should not only give the correct answer but also clearly delineate the logic justifying the answer. Always include the formula that you use.

  • Allowed help on homeworks:
    • You may use the answers in the back of the book to verify your answers. You may also use the tables at the back of the book, provided that you make a proper reference.
    • Students may consult books and notes for homework, and students may get help with homework assignments from other students, your 2204 instructor, and from Tutoring Services.

  • Unallowed help on homeworks:
    • Copying a solution from a solution manual or any other source is prohibited.
    • Using another person's solutions to the homework when writing up an assignment is prohibited. In writing up an assignment to be handed in, every student needs to work alone (without other students or other students' papers). By handing in the homeworks, a student certifies that what is written accurately represents the student's own understanding of the material expressed in the student's own words.

  • Late homework:
    Written homework that is handed in late is subject to a penalty (20 %) if it is handed in before the homework is returned to the students, typically at the beginning of the next class meeting. Homework given after I have returned the graded homework will be given a zero. To avoid a penalty or zero grade for a late homework you must show convincing evidence/documentation that you had no alternative (since homework problems are known well in advance, only a valid reason for an absence of several days will be accepted as an excuse). If you have a valid reason, I may allow you to hand in homework late without any penalty or I may not count the particular homework. Note: to show you did your work in time, you may email me a pdf file and hand in the original later.

Additional practice problems from the syllabus can be found in the WebAssign assignments. These assignments do not count towards your grade, but are for extra practice only. Answers will be available to you after three (open questions) or two (multiple choice problems) attempts. The worked-out solutions are available after each due date. If you have not used WebAssign before there will be a learning curve. To help learn how to use the system there is a WebAssign basics page and a "Getting Started with WebAssign" homework assignment which allows 100 submissions per question.

Test and exam policy
The tests and the final exam problems are in the style of the homeworks and class examples, and are graded with partial credit. All in-class exams are closed book and closed notes. Calculators are not permitted on the tests and final exam. If a test can not be taken as scheduled, this should be communicated to your instructor as early as possible. To avoid a zero grade you must provide documentation, from the appropriate university office, that shows that you had a valid reason. If you miss a test for a valid reason, the grade of the final exam will be substituted for the missed test.

Honor System
The Virginia Tech Honor System applies to all graded work in this course. If you have any questions about how the honor code applies to a particular situation, it is your responsibility to ask. The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states: `As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.' Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code. For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit: Virginia Tech Honor System Information

Although attendance does not count toward your grade, you are responsible for any material that you miss in class. If you miss a class, please copy the notes from another student in class.