Vector Calculus

Course Syllabus for Vector Calculus          Spring Semester, 2014-15   Room:  GS-201
CVCC Math 277                 

Instructor:  Charlie Jones    Office:  GS-201    Phone:  434-477-5980

Course Description:
A college level study of vector (multivariable) calculus which includes polar coordinates, analysis of vector-valued 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:
TextbookCalculus, by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards (4th edition).  We will also use software packages and graphing calculators.

Tentative Test dates:         Test 1, Feb 11;          Test 2, Mar 18.

Course Content
11.1 – 11.5      Parametric Equations, Polar Coords, and their calculus

12.1 – 12.5      Vectors, lines, and planes

13.1 – 13.5      Vector-valued functions and their calculus

14.1 – 14.10    Functions of several variables and their differential calculus

15.1 – 15.7      Integral calculus for functions of several variables

16.1 – 16.4      Functions whose domains and ranges are multivariable and their calculus


  • Homework                  10 %
  • 2 Midterm tests           22 %  each; scheduled dates Weds, 2/11 and Weds, 3/18
  • S3 Project                    10%
  • Semester Exam           36 %
  • Grading is on a 10-point scale.
  • Nine-week grades should be viewed as progress reports for the entire semester.