There is also a web page on Courseworks, with most of the same information as this one, and a wiki about using computer software with the course.

Time: TTh 1:10-2:25 p.m.
Place: Math 207
Textbook: Calculus: Early Transcendentals (sixth edition) by James Stewart.
Office hours: TTh 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Math 424.
Graduate teaching assistant: Jian Wang
Help room hours: M 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Undergraduate teaching assistants: Soo Youn Lim, Elliot Smalling
Help room hours: F 11:00-1:00, 3:00-5:00
Final exam date: December 22, 1:10-4:00 p.m.

Syllabus Problem sets Handouts Policies Advice


Calculus I or equivalent is required, though Calculus II or equivalent is recommended. See this web page for more details about which calculus class is appropriate for you.

Description and goals.

Math V1201 extends techniques from differential calculus to functions of several variables. The main goals are:

In the process, the course covers a substantial amount of beautiful mathematics. Many simple phenomena in one dimension (e.g., continuity) become much more subtle -- and interesting -- in higher dimensions. Other phenomena (e.g., linear approximation) become clearer in the context of functions of several variables.



Homework 30%
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Final exam 30%

The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. Because of the size of the class, late homework will not be accepted.


Problem sets are due on Tuesdays at the beginning of class, except as noted below. If you can't make it to class, put it in the drop box for our section, across from Math 409, on the 4th floor.

You're welcome to work on the homework together. However, you must write up your final answers by yourself. I consider writing them up together cheating.

You are also generally welcome to use any resources you like to solve the problems. However, any resource you use other than the textbook (Stewart) must be cited in your homework. This includes electronic resources (including Wikipedia and Google) and human resources (including the help room and your classmates). Failure to cite sources constitutes academic misconduct.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities requiring special accommodation should contact Office of Disability Services (ODS) promptly to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Missed exams

If you have a conflict with any of the exam dates, you must contact me ahead of time so we can make arrangements. (At least a week ahead is preferable.) If you are unable to take the exam because of a medical problem, you must go to the health center and get a note from them -- and contact me as soon as you can.

Syllabus and schedule.

Note: "+" indicates material not discussed in the textbook. Material in parentheses will probably be omitted from class (but discussed in problem sets). "-" indicates we only discuss parts of those sections not involving integrals.

Date Material Textbook Announcements
09/08 Brief overview. Vectors in Rn. Coordinate systems. §12.1, 12.2, pp. 1001, 1005-1006 Welcome to V1201.
09/10 Dot product. Correlation. §12.3, +  

Cross product.


Problem set 1 due.
09/17 Equations for lines and planes (parametric, implicit). §12.5  

More on lines and planes in space.


Problem set 2 due.

Some more surfaces in space.

§12.6, +

09/29 Review.   Problem set 3 due.
10/01 Midterm 1.    

Parametric curves.

§13.1, 13.2


Velocity, acceleration.



Complex numbers. The complex exponential function.

Appendix H

Problem set 4 due.

[drop deadline]


More complex numbers. Some differential equations.



Review of continuity and limits in one dimension.

§2.2, 2.4, 2.5

Problem set 5 due.

Continuity and limits of functions of several variables.

§14.1, 14.2



Partial derivatives.


Problem set 6 due.

Tangent planes and linear approximation. The chain rule, version 1.

§14.4, 14.5


Election day: go vote!


Directional derivatives. More linear approximation. Gradient.

§14.6 Problem set 7 due.


  Problem set 8 due.
11/12 Midterm 2.    
11/17 Critical points and maximization. §14.7  
11/19 Lagrange multipliers. §14.8  

More Lagrange multipliers.


Problem set 9 due.

No class: be thankful.

12/1 Linear transformations and matrices. +  
12/3 Linear approximation. The Jacobian of a map Rn->Rm. + Problem set 9 part b due.
12/8 Composition of linear transformations, matrix multiplication, the chain rule. §14.5, + Problem set 10 due.
12/10 Review.    


Problem sets.


Other advice.

Reading mathematics. You are expected to read the sections in the textbook before coming to class. It's usually only a few pages, so read it carefully. Note down the questions you have; I would expect you to have at least one per page. Read the section again after class. See which questions you now understand. Think about the remaining questions off and on for a day. See which you now understand. Ask someone (e.g., me) about the questions you still have left.

Getting help. If you're having trouble, get help immediately. Everyone who works seriously on mathematics struggles. But if you don't get help promptly you will soon be completely lost. The first places to look for help are my office hours and the course TA in the help room. Talking to your other classmates can also be helpful.

Teaching to learn. The best way to learn mathematics is to explain it to someone. You'll find that, particularly in office hours, I'll try to get you to explain the ideas. You should also try explaining the material to each other. The person doing the explaining will generally learn more than the explainee. Another thing to try is writing explanations to yourself, in plain English or as close as you can manage, of what's going on in the course. File them somewhere, and then look back at them a few days later, to see if your understanding has changed.