Math 32A: Calculus of Several Variables
Math 32AB is a traditional
multivariable calculus course sequence for
mathematicians, engineers, and physical
scientists. Math 32A treats differential
calculus in several variables.
Instructor: Ko Honda
- Office: MS 7901
- E-mail: lastname at math
dot ucla dot edu
- Telephone: 310-825-2143
- URL: http://www.math.ucla.edu/~honda
- Office hours: Fridays
10-11:50 am in my office.
TA: Nicholas Miller (nmiller
at math dot ucla dot edu) or Jacob Rooney (jhrooney
at math dot ucla dot edu) Since Math 32A
is a large class, I ask that you email
the TA first if you have a question.
Class Meetings: Every week there
will be three hours of lecture as well as one hour of
- Lectures: MWF 2-2:50 pm
@ MS 4000A
- Discussion section: see
your schedule (Tu or Th 2-2:50 pm)
Textbook: Jon Rogawski and Colin
Adams, Multivariable Calculus, 3rd Edition, W. H.
Freeman & Co. (ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-8689-9, ISBN-10:
- Vector geometry.
- Vector-valued functions.
- Differentiation in several
Prerequisite: Math 31A with a
grade of C- or better.
REQUIREMENTS: You are responsible
for carefully reading the following and being aware of
all the requirements. Please ask questions about
anything you don't understand.
I want you to enjoy this class,
but please respect my right to teach and your
classmates' rights to learn. I would like you to
refrain from disruptive behavior (such as unnecessary
talking), as well as from reading newspapers and other
non-class materials, using your cell phone, and surfing
the web during class. Laptop/tablet use is
restricted to taking notes. Also, please keep
your cell phones turned off!!
Homework: Homework will be assigned
after every class (see the class
schedule) and all the homework from one week will be
due at the beginning of the Monday class the following
week. For example, the homework from 3/28, 3/30 and
4/1 will be due at the beginning of class on Monday
4/4. (If Monday is a holiday, the homework will be
due on the Wednesday.)
- HW: 10%
- Two midterms: 20% each
- Final Exam: 50%
Midterms: There will be two
in-class midterm exams during the semester (Wednesday, April 20
and Monday, May 16).
No books, notes, calculators, or
other aids will be allowed on the exams. No makeup midterms will be given; thus any
absence on a midterm will result in a score of 0, unless
excused. Except for emergencies, it is your
responsibility to let me know in advance if you
will be absent (for a legitimate reason). In case
of an excused absence, the final exam grade will replace
the midterm grade that is missed.
Final Exam: Monday, June 6, 11:30
Working in groups could be a
more efficient way of learning. You are permitted
(and encouraged) to meet with other students in the
class to study the material of the course and/or get
help for the homework. However:
The homework you turn in
must be written in your own words and you must cite your collaborators and
the sources you used. Homework which is simply copied
from another source (friend, another textbook,
internet, etc.) will be considered plagiarized.
The instructor strongly adheres
to the University policies regarding academic integrity
violations, and will strictly enforce these rules. You
are encouraged to review the UCLA
Student Conduct Code.
Tips for Success
- Try not to fall behind in the class; it is
surprisingly difficult to catch up in a math course.
- If you're looking to get an A in the course, try
to do the HW on the day it is assigned. You will
retain the material better if you study a little bit
The Student Math Center (SMC) is located in
MS 3974. Hours: M-Th 10 am-3 pm, starting March 30,
2016. The SMC offers free, individual and group
tutoring for all lower division math courses. This
service is available on a walk-in basis; no appointment
is necessary. Students may ask any of the TAs in
attendance for assistance with math problems.
Students with Disabilities
Any student requesting academic
accommodations based on a disability is required to
register with the Office
for Students with Disabilities (OSD).
WARNING: The course syllabus
provides a general plan for the course; deviations may
Last modified: May 28, 2016.