Vector Calculus
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Course Syllabus for Vector Calculus Spring Semester, 201314 Room: GS201
CVCC Math 277
Instructor: Charlie Jones Office: GS201 Phone: 4344775980 email: cjones@cvgs.k12.va.us
Course Description:
A college level study of vector (multivariable) calculus which includes polar coordinates, analysis of vectorvalued functions, analysis of functions of several variables, multiple integrals, and analysis of vector fields. This course emphasizes computational techniques, geometry, theoretical structure, and creative problem solving. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive 4 credit hours from the Central Virginia Community College.
Course Materials:
Textbook: Calculus, by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards (4th edition). We will also use software packages and graphing calculators.
Course Content (and Tentative Schedule):
Week of 
Coverage in textbook 
HW due on Fri 
Topics 
1/6 1/10 
11.1  11.5 
1 
Parametric Eqs, Polar Coords, & Calculus 
1/13 – 1/17 
12.112.5 
2 
Vectors, Lines, planes 
1/20 – 1/24 
13.1 13.3 
3 
No School Monday, Tuesday. 
1/27 – 1/31 
13.413.5,14.1 
4 
Calculus of Vectorvalued functions 
2/3  2/7 
14.2, 14.3, 14.5 
5 
Limits/continuity,Partial Derivs,Chain Rules 
2/10 – 2/14 
Review, Test 1,14.6 
none 
Test 1 on Weds, Directional derivatives 
2/17  2/21 
14.714.8 
6 
No school Monday 
2/24 2/28 
14.9  14.10 
7 
Max/Min & Lagrange Multipliers, 
3/3  3/7 
15.1  15.3 
8 
Double Integrals, including Polar Coords 
3/10  3/14 
Review, Test 
none 
Test 2 on Thursday. Double Integrals in Polar Coordinates. Applications. No school Monday 
3/17 – 3/21 
15.4, 15.6, 12.7 
9 
Applications and Triple Integrals 
3/24 – 3/28 
15.7,16.1 
10 
Triple Integrals in Cyl and Sph Coordinates 
3/31  4/4 
16.2  16.4 
11 
Line integrals Conservative Vector Fields, 
4/7  4/11 
Review, Exams 


4/14 – 4/18 
Spring Break 


4/21 – 4/25 
S^{3}– project 


4/28  5/2 
S^{3}– project 

Monday night, Recognition Reception 
5/5  5/9 
S^{3 }– project 


5/12  5/16 
S^{3}– project 


5/19 5/23 
S^{3}– project 

Picnic, Friday, 5/23 (last day of semester) 
Grading:
 Homework 10 %
 2 Midterm tests 22 % each
 S^{3} Project 10%
 Semester Exam 36 %
 Grading will be on a 10point scale as described in the student handbook.
 Sixweek grades should be viewed as progress reports for the entire semester.