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Noah White

University of Califonia,
Los Angeles

Math 32B: Calculus of Several Variables

This is the course website for Math 32B: Calculus of Several Variables running in Spring 2020. All information about homework, quizes and exams will be posted here.

The syllabus contains information on the official policies for collaboration on homework, late homework, grading and changing grades.

We will be using Campuswire for this class. See below for more information.

Instructor, TAs and office hours

Instructor: Noah White (noah@math.ucla.edu)
Office hours: Monday 4-5pm, Thursday 10-11am
   
TA: Ezra Thompson (ezrabenthompson@math.ucla.edu)
Office hours: Tuesday 1-2pm
  Gyu Eun Lee (gyueun.lee@math.ucla.edu)
  Wednesday 6-7pm
  Joseph Breen (josephbreen@math.ucla.edu)
  Monday 6-8pm, Wednesday 11am-1pm, Thursday 4-6pm

Please check back here as office hours and locations may change.

Communication

Due to the fact that this is such a large class I would appreciate your help managing communication for the class.

Mathematical questions should be asked on CampusWire (see below). In addition you should make use of my, and the TA’s, office hours. Administrative questions should in the first instance be directed to your TA. If your TA cannot resolve your query then you should contact me on CampusWire.

If you need to email me, the subject line must include the string math32b. If not, then there is a good chance your email will slip through the cracks and remain unanswered.

Textbook

J. Rogawski, Multivariable Calculus, 4th Ed., W.H. Freeman & CO

Having access to a copy of the textbook will be very helpful and is recommended however you might not find it necessary. I will post links to other sources here as time goes on. Feel free to buy an old or used copy of the textbook, it wont be necessary to own the correct edition, just make sure you check the homework problems with a friend.

Problem sets, homework and quizzes

There will be a problem set assigned every week. These will not be collected however it is strongly recommended that you complete it.

In weeks 2, 6, 8, 10, a small number questions from the problem set will be assigned as homework and collected and graded. At the end of weeks 1,2,3,5,6,8,9 a short quiz will be conducted online (accommodations will be made for different timezones).

Lecture notes

Here you will find links to the lecture notes and slides as they become available. They represent more or less what we covered in lectures but not exactly, depending on how many questions I got and if we ran out of time. Most of the examples we do in class will not be in the lecture notes.

In addition, the lectures will be recorded and videos will be available somewhere (check back for details).

Exams

There will be two midterms and a final exam.

Format: The midterms and the Final will be take home exams, with some component being time limited (accommodations will be available for varying timezones).

Exam conduct: Exams will be open book and you will be able to use resources you find on the internet. I aim to not make restrictions that I cannot enforce. Here are some things that I can enforce: solutions must be presented using your own words, copying your working from any source will not be tolerated, posting exam questions to third party websites is not allowed. Note that many of these websites work actively with universities of cases of academic dishonesty. Exams will be graded based on your working rather than the numerical/symbolic answers.

Study: Here I will post some rough study guides and practice exams which might aid your study.

Grading

Your final grade will be calculated using the maximum of the following two grading schemes. Raw scores will be adjusted to account for differences in difficulty between exams.

Option 1:

30% (best 5 quiz scores) +
20% (homework scores) +
30% (combined midterm scores) +
20% (final exam score)
= raw final grade

Option 2:

30% (best 5 quiz scores) +
20% (homework scores) +
15% (best midterm score) +
35% (final exam score)
= raw final grade

Schedule

This is a tentative schedule. Apart from the dates of exams, it may change. Numbers refer to sections of the textbook.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend
1. 3/301
16.1
3/31
4/12
16.2
4/2
4/33
16.3
4/4-5
Quiz 1
2. 4/64
16.3
4/7
4/85
12.3
4/9
4/106
16.4 HW 1
4/11-12
Quiz 2
3. 4/137
16.5
4/14
4/158
16.6
4/16
4/179
16.6
4/18-19
Quiz 3
4. 4/2010
Review
4/21
4/22
Midterm 1
4/23
4/2411
17.1
4/25-26
5. 4/27 12
17.1
4/28
4/29 13
17.2
4/30
5/114
17.2
5/2-3
Quiz 4
6. 5/415
17.3
5/5
5/616
17.3
5/7
5/817
17.4 HW 2
5/9-10
Quiz 5
7. 5/1118
17.4
5/12
5/1319
17.5
5/14
5/1520
Review
5/16-17
Midterm 2
8. 5/1821
18.1
5/19
5/2022
18.1
5/21
5/2223
18.2 HW 3
5/23-24
Quiz 6
9. Memorial Day
(no class)
5/26
5/2724
18.2
5/28
5/2925
18.3
5/30-31
Quiz 7
10. 6/126
18.3
6/2
6/327
Review
6/4
6/528
Review HW 4
6/6-7

Campuswire

Campuswire is a question and answer style forum which we will be using for this class.

You can ask questions, either as yourself or anonymously. I highly encourage you to also try answering others’ questions. Teaching others is by far the most effective way to learn and solidify what you already know. The TAs and I will monitor the discussion and answer questions occasionally.

Obviously homework questions and solutions should not be posted on Campuswire, though feel free to ask for hints etc.