PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO SECTIONS OF MATH 18. THISONE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT HAD LINEAR ALGEBRA.
This is the homepage for Math 18, Several Variable Calculus (MWF 11:30-12:20 in Hicks 211), taught by Jim Wiseman, Fall 2001.
Office: 3 Whittier Place, Room 255, 690-5763.
Office hours: Monday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (all classes), Tuesday2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (18 only)
Text book: Marsden and Tromba, Vector Calculus,fourthedition, available at the bookstore. Errata for the various printings areavailable at the bottom of thiswebpage (look at the bottom of the Library of Congress informationpage of your book (opposite the table of contents) to see which printingyou have).
Plan: We'll cover the whole book, omitting a few of themore theoretical sections and most of the higher-dimensional material. A more detailed tentative schedule is at www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/jwisema1/math18/syllabus.html.
Homework: Working problems is vital to learning math; therewill be homework assignments nearly every class day, due the first Wednesdayafter they were assigned. Assignments will be posted at www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/jwisema1/math18/homework.html- you are responsible for checking the assignments, as I won't give themin class. It's very important that you keep up with the homework: if you haven't figured out Monday's lecture, Wednesday's will probablybe pretty frustrating.
Group work: I strongly encourage you to work on the homeworkin groups. I suggest that you work on the problems by yourself first,making a note of anything giving you trouble; then meet with your groupand work through the remaining problems together; and finally write upthe solutions by yourself.
Every group member must write up his or her ownsolutions independently; just copying the group's (or the solution manual's)answers is plagiarism and is
Getting help: As Talking Barbie says, "Math class is tough." (Unless she's the hacked version- then she says, "Eat lead, Cobra.") Chances are that sooner or later you'll get stuck on something, so don'tget frustrated. Think hard, and if you're still stuck, do somethingelse for a while. (It's amazing how often that works.)
My office hours are above - these are times whenI'm guaranteed to be in my office and willing to talk. If you wantto see me at other times, the best thing to do is to set up an appointmentwith me by email or after class. Of course, you're welcome to justdrop by my office, as long as you don't mind if I'm not there or don'thave time to talk.
A good resource is the MathClinic in Cornell Library, which runs Sunday-Thursday, 7 - 10 pm.
Finally, I can't emphasize enough that your classmatesare your best source of help.
Grading: Homework 15%, each midterm 25%, final 35%
Late work and make-ups: Late homework won't be accepted,and you won't be allowed to make up missed exams, except under very exceptionalcircumstances (e.g.,
the sasquatch attacks - and even then you should get a note from thesasquatch). In the case of a conflict that you absolutely can't resolve,you may arrange to take a midterm exam early.
Feedback: I'm very interested in your feedback throughoutthe class: what you like, what you don't, what's working for you,what isn't - anything that you think might help me make the course better. If you have any comments (and you probably should), the easiest thing todo is to talk to me (or send email) about them. If you want to remainanonymous, you can fill out the anonymous feedback form on my feedbackpage.
Webpage: Please check this webpage for updated information.