Math 14
Honors Vector Calculus
Last updated August 02, 2011 13:48:39 EDT

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General Information

About The Course The Textbook Scheduled Lectures
Instructors Examinations Homework Policy
Grades Honor Principle Disabilities

About The Course

Math 14 is an honors course in the calculus of vector functions.

We apply the tools of calculus to the study of functions of several variables, and functions mapping from and to two- and three- (and more-) dimensional space. These functions are important in many applications, from physics to economics.

Our main interest will be in the mathematical theory of these functions, and occasionally in the physics that inspired this theory. We will begin learning to write proofs as well as solve problems.

Prerequisite for this course: Math 8 or the equivalent. If you are not sure about your preparation for an honors course, please see Professor Groszek.

Math 14 is the honors version of Math 13, and can substitute for Math 13 as a prerequisite for any course, major, or minor.


Vector Calculus by Marsden and Tromba, 5th edition
(Available at Wheelock Books or the Dartmouth Bookstore).

Scheduled Lectures

MWF 1:45 - 2:50
(x-hour) Th 1:00 - 1:50
108 Kemeny Hall.


Professor Marcia Groszek
Office: 330 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-2:30, Th 10:00-11:30, and by appointment.
Phone: 646 - 2313 or BlitzMail (preferred)


The TA for this class is Michael Wijaya.

Evening tutorials for this class will be held every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 in 28 Haldeman. The TA will stay later than 8:00 if there are students who arrived at tutorial by 7:30 and still have questions.


There will be two midterm exams and one final. The midterm exams are scheduled for 4-6 PM on Wednesday, January 28, and Wednesday, February 18. Both midterm exams will be in Wilder 111. The final exam is scheduled by the registrar for 11:30 AM on March 13, in a room still to be announced.

There will also be occasional in-class quizzes, on routine computational techniques. Missed quizzes receive a grade of zero. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Homework Policy

Homework will be assigned each class day, and will be due at the next class. Unexcused late homework will receive no credit. Late homework will be excused only in case of serious illness or similar situation. The lowest two homework grades will be dropped.

Special homework will be assigned weekly, on Monday, and is due at the beginning of class the next Monday. These proofs will be graded on a credit or no credit basis, except that those turned in late will receive partial credit. Proofs receiving no credit can be rewritten for full credit, as many times as necessary.


Your course grade will be computed out of 500 points, as follows: 200 points for the final exam, 100 points for each midterm, and 100 points for a combination of homework, quizzes, and class participation.

Class participation will be graded each day as credit or no credit. To receive credit, you need only be present, do your best to respond if asked a question, and occasionally work together in small groups as directed. Credit does not depend on volunteering to speak, or on whether your answers are correct. Up to three grades of no credit will be dropped.

The Honor Principle

Academic integrity and intellectual honesty are an integral part of academic practice. This does not mean that you can't work on homework together or get ideas and help from other people. It does mean that you can't present somebody else's work or ideas without giving them due credit.

Feel free to discuss homework problems with other people and to work together to answer them. You must write up the answers yourself without copying from anybody. (This means you cannot copy down a joint solution arrived at by a group working together, even if you were part of the group. You must write up the solution in your own words.) You must also acknowledge any sources your consulted or people you worked with. Working with other people or consulting other sources will not lower your grade.

Of course, no help may be given or received on exams.


Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.

Marcia J. Groszek
Last updated August 02, 2011 13:48:39 EDT