Math 3214 - Fall 2017

Course Policy Sheet for Math 3214 #85507
Calculus of Several Variables


W. Floyd
Office: 570 McBryde
Phone: (540) 231-8281
Class webpage:

Office Hours

M 2:00-3:00, W 10:00-11:00, Th 3:15-4:15, & by appointment. You are welcome to come look for me in my office outside of office hours or to make an appointment to see me at another time. Outside of office hours, the most efficient way to reach me is by e-mail.

Time and Place:

12:20-1:10 MWF, McBryde 230


Vector Calculus, by Jerrold E. Marsden and Anthony J. Tromba. The book is recommended but not required. The book store has ordered the sixth edition, but the fifth edition would also be fine. There is an internet supplement at

Course Contents:

The course 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 caclulus (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, ...). One or more topics from Chapter 3 may be treated as time permits.


Math 2224 or 2224H or 2204 or 2204H (Multivariable Calculus) or Math 2406H (Math in Computational Context) or CMDA 2005 (Integrated Quantitative Science).


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

Problem Sets:

Problem sets will be assigned on most weeks that there is no test. They will usually be assigned in class the previous week (on material from the previous week) and due at the beginning of class on Wednesday. The lowest score will be dropped.


There will be three tests in class, on Friday, September 29, on Friday, October 27, and on Wednesday, December 6. 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 comprehensive written final exam on Friday, December 15, 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Your grade will be computed from your total point score; this will be counted in two ways and you will get the higher of the two scores.

Method 1: The problem sets count 20% of the grade, each of the three tests counts 1/6 of the grade, and the final exam counts 30% of the grade.

Method 2: The proble sets count 20% of the grade, each of the three tests counts 10% of the grade, and the final exam counts 50% of the grade.

The course will be graded on a curve. However, 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. The honor code policy and manual can be found at In particular, the following are prohibited under the Honor Code:

Before each test or exam I will identify what aids and sources of information you may use while working on the test or exam. No other aids or sources of information are permitted. You may use your notes and text for problem sets; 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.