Math 212: Multivariable Calculus

Summer 2007

MWF 10 AM-12 PM

Brown College 145


Instructor: Ryan Dunning


Contact:rdunning at rice dot edu

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Course Description:The goal of this course will be to expand upon the differentiation and integration techniques of single variable calculus in order to work with functions of multiple variables. We will study higher-dimensional extreme value problems, integrals over paths and surfaces, Greenís Theorem, Stokesí Theorem, etc.This comprises the entirety of the courseís text (see below).


Textbook:Vector Calculus, Marsden and Tromba, 5th ed., W. H. Freeman and Company.


Grading:Your final course grade will be 30% homework, two midterm exams at 20% each, and one final exam counting for the remaining 30%. All assessment will be based on your ability to communicate a correct solution and explain your reasoning. It is absolutely essential to write clearly; it is your responsibility to write in a way that tells me that you understand the problem and its solution. To this end, I reserve the right to take off points for poor presentation.

Homework:Homework will be collected at the beginning of every class period. Assignments will be announced in class and also posted online. Please work with other students in the class when solving the homework problems, but write them up on your own. Homework is not pledged. To receive credit for homework, it must be handed in on time. In case of a legitimate conflict that you know of beforehand, you may see me to make appropriate arrangements. No late homework will be accepted. Instead, your lowest homework score will be dropped. Feel free to use a numeric solver (graphing calculator or Mathematica, etc.) to check your solutions, but be aware that such tools will not be available for your use on the exams.

Exams:There will be two take-home, two-hour midterm exams, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, June 22 and Friday, July 6 to Monday, July 9. The take-home, three-hour final exam will be due at 12 PM on Tuesday, July 24 in my office.Please notify me as soon as possible if this time will not work for you.

Attendance:I will do my best to maintain the course web page, but it is vital to attend class. It is your responsibility to stay informed of announcements made in class.


Honor Code:You are expected to abide by the Rice Honor Code. Please visit and read the Student Handbook. I will remind you of all of the exact rules prior to the first midterm.


Accommodations:Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.

Homework Assignments