Math 241 (Vector Calculus) Section 004
Fall, 2010

Lectures in LeConte 412
MWF 2:30 -- 3:20 PM

Professor: Peter J. Nyikos

Prof. Nyikos's Office: LeConte 406.     Phone: 7-5134

Email: nyikos @

Special office hours will be held on the week of exams: Monday, Dec. 6, 1:30 - 4:30; Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2:30 - 4:30; Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2:00-5:30; Thursday, Dec. 9, 12:00 - 4:15: later days Tba.

Usual Office Hours: 11:00 - 12:00 MWF, 2:30 - 3:20 Tuesdays, and 3:30 - 4:30 MW or by appointment (or any time I am in). Exceptions posted on door and announced in advance whenever possible.

The first hour test was on Wednesday, September 29. It covered 12.1 - 12.5, 13.2 - 13.4 and 14.2, 14.3, 14.6.

The second hour test was on Wednesday, October 27. It covered 14.4, 14.5, tangent planes from 14.6, and 14.7, 15.2, 15.3

The third hour test was on Monday, November 22. It covered 15.4, 15.6, 15.7, 15.8, and 16.2

The textbook for this course is Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 6th edition.

The course covers the following sections of the textbook:

Learning Outcomes: Students will master concepts and solve problems based upon the topics covered in the course, including the following: vectors and basic operations on them, including dot and cross products; vector-valued functions and their integration and differentiation; functions of several variables and their maximization, differentiation and integration; vector fields and operations on them, including gradient, divergence, and curl; line and path integrals; Green's theorem.

The most emphasis will be on Chapters 14 and 15. Incidentally, the material in 13.3 is covered more thoroughly in Math 550 and/or Math 551, while the Chapter 16 material is covered very thoroughly in Math 550.

Only simple calculators (in other words, those that may be used in taking SAT tests) are needed for this course, and they will be needed only a small fraction of the time, outside of class. Neither the quizzes, nor the hour tests, nor the final exam will require their use, although they may save some time on a few problems. Programmable calculators are not permitted for quizzes, hour tests, or the final exam. Further information on policies and grading can be found here in pdf format.

The Math Tutoring Center is a free tutoring service for all 100-level math courses. Students may also get help for math 221, 222, or 241 but preference is given to students seeking help in 100-level courses.

In addition, the Student Success Center in the Thomas Cooper library offers tutoring in a number of courses including Math 241. Tutoring is available Monday-Thursday from 1:00-8:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine level. Make appointments through their website, This website has more details about the schedule.

Further information about tutor schedules, holidays, finals week, and private tutors is available at

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Practice problems, not to be handed in:

The above sections are listed in the order in which they were covered in class.

There was a quiz Monday, November 1 on Section 15.4.

Homework handed in Friday, November 19:
16.2 numbers 12 and 20. Homework to be handed in Wednesday, December 1:

There is a quiz Monday, November 29 on Section 16.3

Extra Credit Problems

Extra credit problems are to be done strictly on your own, except that I am willing to give you advice. You are not to discuss them with anyone else.

There is no due date for extra credit, but once a fully correct solution is handed back, the problem is no longer eligible for extra credit. This is true of any problem crossed out below. If you can't quite get the solution but have some ideas, hand them in for partial credit. I will keep adding to your score as you improve your work on it.

1. Section 15.4, number 22 [10 homework points]

2. Section 15.4, number 18 [12 homework points]

3. Section 15.7, number 20 [12 homework points]