Math 312 Bard College

Advanced Calculus

Course:  Math 312, Fall 2017

Time & Place:  TR 3:10 – 4:30 pm in RKC 102

Instructor:  Jim Belk (belk@bard.edu)

Office Hours:

Announcements

Homework 3

The third homework assignment is due this Friday, September 29. Here is the assignment: You should feel free to work together with other students on the assignment, but everyone must turn in their own copy of the solutions, and you must acknowledge any collaborators. I will be having office hours this Thursday and Friday to help with the homework.

Homework 2

The second homework assignment is due this Friday, September 22. Here is the assignment: You should feel free to work together with other students on the assignment, but everyone must turn in their own copy of the solutions, and you must acknowledge any collaborators. I will be having office hours this Thursday and Friday to help with the homework.

Homework 1

The first homework assignment is due this Friday, September 15. Here is the assignment: You should feel free to work together with other students on the assignment, but everyone must turn in their own copy of the solutions, and you must acknowledge any collaborators. I will be having office hours this Thursday and Friday to help with the homework.

Picture from Class

Here is the picture I showed in class of the decomposition of a cube into six tetrahedra of equal volume: You can decompose any parallelepiped in a similar way. Of course, there's also a slightly simpler way to decompose a cube into five tetrahedra, but they don't have equal volume.

Practice Problems: Vectors and Matrices

Here are some suggested practice problems from the book that should help you to review vectors and matrices. These are mostly review, so you should feel free to skip over ones that you know how to do: (Note: For those with the first edition, see §1.1 #5; §1.2 # 3, 12; §1.3 # 2, 9, 10, 13; §1.4 # 13, 20.)

Reading

Please read through Chapters 0 and 1 of the textbook as soon as possible.

Welcome!

Welcome to Math 312. I will be using this course webpage to post all announcements and documents, including homework assignments, homework solutions, and practice exams.

Textbook Information

The textbook is Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Forms: A Unified Approach, 5th edition by John Hubbard and Barbara Burke Hubbard. You will need a copy of the textbook for reading and homework problems, but you do not need to bring it to class. You can purchase the textbook as either an e-book or in print form from the Matrix Editions website. The e-book is $74 and works on up to two devices, while a hard copy is $87.

Course Policies

Introduction

This course treats the differential and integral calculus of several variables from an advanced perspective. Topics may include the derivative as a linear transformation, change of variables for multiple integrals, parametrizations of curves and surfaces, line and surface integrals, Green's theorem, Stokes' theorem, the divergence theorem, manifolds, tensors, differential forms, and applications to probability and the physical sciences.

Prerequisites

The prerequisite is Vector Calculus (Math 241) or the Mathematical Methods sequence (PHYS 221–222). We will be assuming a good foundation in linear algebra and vector calculus, including vectors and matrices, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, directional derivatives, the gradient vector, and so forth.

Homework

There will be a written homework assignment due each Friday. You are encouraged to work with other students in solving the homework problems, but you should write your own solutions, and you must acknowledge anyone that you work with. Your solutions should be written clearly and in complete sentences, with enough detail that another student in the class would be able to follow your reasoning.

Exams and Grading

The grade will be based on the weekly homework and three exams:

Homework 40%
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Final Exam 20%

The exams are two hours long, and will be offered on Fridays. The first two exams are tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 6 and Friday, November 10. The final exam is two hours long, and will be on Thursday, December 21.