Mathematics 350:  Vector Analysis
Spring 2021

Professor:        Jeff Johannes                                    Section 1    MWF   
Office:            South 326A                    
Telephone:      245-5403
Office Hours:   Monday 2:30 - 4p, Tuesday 8-9p (staying as long as there is interest), Wednesday 2:30 - 4p, Thursday 11:30a-1p, and by appointment or visit.
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    Second Year Calculus, David M. Bressoud (Here are Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 for anyone slow to get book access.)

Course Goals


    Your grade in this course will be based on problem sets, three in-class quizams, two take-home exams, and a final examination.  Each of those aspects will be worth 1/4 of your grade and each component of each aspect will be equally weighted. 


    The lectures in this course will be presented via uploaded videos.  I will post one each MWF around noon.  I will try to keep them close to 50 minutes.  The lectures will closely follow our textbook.  Please post questions from lecture and/or reading to the discussion in Canvas.  I will watch closely and answer for everyone as promptly as possible.  As a first step for your question, I recommend checking out the other resource (if you're mostly reading the book, watch the associated lecture, and if you're mostly watching lectures, read the book).  I am ready and eager to help bridge the gap, but I think we all know that this will require extra effort in this online format. 

Opening Meeting

    Students will earn two extra points on the first problem set by visiting office hours during the first two weeks of classes, i.e. no later than 15 February. 

Problem Sets

    Problem sets will consist of questions related to material presented in the previous two weeks.  They will be due two weeks after assigned.  Before these papers are handed  in,  I strongly suggest discussing them with me and others outside of class.  I am very generous with feedback about assignments, but for this to happen, I need you to discuss the work with me.  In this class, the problem sets lag about two weeks behind the in course material.  This should provide ample time for consultation.  These problems will be graded on a ten point decile scale based on completeness, accuracy, and writing.  They will be evaluated as follows:
0    Missing or plagiarised
3    Question copied, nothing written
6    Something written that appears that it was only written to take up space
7    Substantially incomplete.  Something written, but does not really answer the main questions.  Major errors. Very poor writing
8    Mostly complete. maybe a few minor errors
9    Complete, no errors, some personal insight, well-written
10  Wonderful
    No late problem sets will be accepted.  When this course is taught in person, we would discuss these problem sets in detail on the day they are due.  In place of what would be students presenting problems, I will be posting problems from students with names removed.  I will not post two problems from the same student.  I will post exemplary work for all to see how it could be done.  In the place of our discussion of problem set days, there will be days after problem sets devoted to reading problems of others.  Please do this.  There will not be lectures posted on these days. 

Solutions and Plagiarism

    There are plenty of places that one can find all kinds of solutions to problems in this class.  Reading them and not referencing them in your work is plagiarism, and will be reported as an academic integrity violation.  Reading them and referencing them is not quite plagiarism, but does undermine the intent of the problems.  Therefore, if you reference solutions you will receive 0 points, but you will *not* be reported for an academic integrity.  Simply - please do not read any solutions for problems in this class.


    Quizams are like long quizzes or short exams.  You will have 20 minutes to complete them, plus five minutes for processing.  They will focus on computational fluency with material since the last quizam.  They will be administered through Canvas.  You will have a window of 36 hours during which you may complete each quizam.  Quizams will be submitted by scanning your own handwritten pages and submitting as one .pdf file.  I will create a practice quiz for experience submitting work in .pdf format in timed situations. 

Take Home Exams

    The take home exams will be more involved than quizams and less than problem sets.  They will be distributed on Fridays and due on Mondays.  You may not consult with any other person, and any resource other than your notes and your textbook.  If you do consult with other sources, you will be failed in this course and reported to the Dean of Students for a violation of academic integrity. 

Final Examination

    You will have a cumulative take-home exam that will be distributed at the last day of class and due by the end of Saturday of the final examination  period (more involved than the other take home exams). 


    I have created a web-site which accepts anonymous comments.  If we have not yet discussed this in class, please encourage me to create a class code.  This site may also be accessed via our course page on a link entitled anonymous feedback.  Of course, you are always welcome to approach me outside of class to discuss these issues as well.   Occasionally I will ask you to give feedback about particular details in the course using this website.


    SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional or learning disabilities.  Students should consult with the Director in the Office of Disability Services (105D Erwin) and their individual faculty regarding any needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.

Religious Holidays

    It is my policy to give students who miss class because of observance of religious holidays the opportunity to make up missed work.  You are responsible for notifying me no later than February 15 of plans to observe the holiday.  


    Here are some general campus resources.

    And here are some resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schedule (subject to change)

Date              Topic                                                        Due               
February 1      Introduction, 1.5 Kepler's first
        3          1.5 Gravity
        5          1.5 / 3.1

        8           3.1
        10         3.1
        12          3.3

        15          3.3
        17          3.3
        19          4.1 / 4.2 

        22          4.2                               
        24        4.4                                                          PS 1
        26        Read others' problems

March 1       4.4
        3          4.6                                                          Quizam 1 (material thru PS1)
        5          4.6

        8          4.7, 5, 6, 7
        10          8.1 / 8.2                                                   PS 2
        12         Read others' problems

        15         8.2                                   
        17         8.4                                                            Take Home Exam 1 opens  (material thru PS2)   
        19         8.4                                                            THX1

        22         8.5
        26         10.1                                                            PS 3

        29         Read others' problems                                      
        31         10.1
April 2         10.2                                                            Quizam 2 (material thru PS3)     

        5          10.2
        7          10.4
        9          10.4                                                             PS 4

        12          Read others' problems
        14        10.6                                            
        16        10.6                                                            Take Home Exam 2 opens (material thru PS4)

        19        10.6                                                            THX2                        
        21        10.7
        23        10.9                                                           PS 5

        26        Read others' problems
        28        11.1
        30        11.2                                                            Quizam 3 (material thru PS5)

May 3        11.3
        5         11.5
        7         review                                                       PS 6

        11           Read others' problems                                                   Take-home final opens
Saturday, May 15    11:59p                                        Take-home final due