Math 32A: Calculus of Several Variables
Syllabus
Math 32AB is a traditional
multivariable calculus sequence for mathematicians,
engineers, and physical scientists. Math 32A
treats differential calculus in several variables.
Instructor: Ko Honda
 Office: MS 7901
 Email: lastname at math
dot ucla dot edu
 Telephone: 3108252143
 URL: http://www.math.ucla.edu/~honda
 Office hours: Mon 23pm and
Wed 1011am in my office
TA: Chris Hunt (chunt98 at
math dot ucla dot edu) or Yilong Yang (yy26 at
math dot ucla dot edu) or Max Zhou (maxzhou 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
discussion.
 Lectures: MWF 12
noon12:50 pm @ MS 4000A
 Discussion section: see
your schedule (Tu or Th 12 noon12:50 pm)
Topics
 Vector geometry.
 Vectorvalued functions.
 Differentiation in several
variables.
 Optimization.
Textbook: Jon Rogawski and Colin
Adams, Multivariable Calculus, 3rd Edition, W. H.
Freeman & Co. (ISBN13: 9781464186899, ISBN10:
1464186898.)
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.
Classroom Expectations
I want you to enjoy this class,
but please respect my right to teach and your
classmates' rights to learn.
 Please refrain from disruptive
behavior (such as unnecessary talking).
 Laptop/tablet use is restricted to
taking notes. Your cell phones must be turned off
(this in particular means you cannot use your cell
phones in class). Also no reading newspapers
and other nonclass materials.
 I will ask you to work on some
problems during class and expect you to fully engage
in the activity.
 The goal of the lectures is to
introduce the theory and work out some basic
examples. The discussion is for working out slightly
harder problems.
Grading System
 Weekly quizzes: 25%
 Midterm: 25%
 Final Exam: 50%
Homework: Homework will be
assigned after every class (see the class
schedule) but will not be collected.
Quizzes: There will be a total of six quizzes
in discussion (see the class
schedule). You can drop one quiz,
i.e., I will use the five highest quiz scores
when calculating your average. The
problems will be chosen from the assigned homework
problems, but probably won't be the easiest ones.
For example, there is a quiz in discussion on 4/11 or 4/13
on the homework assigned on 4/3, 4/5, and 4/7.
You must attend the discussion section you're officially
enrolled in to take the quizzes. No books, notes,
calculators, or other aids will be allowed on the quizzes
and exams. No makeup quizzes will be given.
Midterms: There will be one
inclass midterm exam during the semester (Friday, May
5). No makeup midterms
will be given. Any absence on a midterm will
result in a score of 0, unless excused. In case of
an excused absence, the final exam grade will replace
the midterm grade that is missed. It is your responsibility to let me know in
advance if you will be absent for a legitimate
reason, so I can excuse you. In case of an
emergency (e.g., sudden illness), please supply some
documentation afterwards (e.g., doctor's note). If
you have any conflicts with the midterm, please
come talk to me about it within the first two
weeks of class.
Final Exam: Monday, June
12, 11:30 am2:30 pm.
Academic Integrity
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
each day.
Getting Help
The Student
Math Center (SMC) is located in MS 3974. Hours:
MTh 9 am3 pm, starting ????. The SMC offers
free, individual and group tutoring for all lower
division math courses. This service is available
on a walkin 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 Center
for Accessible Education (CAE).
WARNING: The course syllabus
provides a general plan for the course; deviations may
become necessary.
Last modified: March 29, 2017.
