Math 126B - Calculus III - Spring 2009


9:30 - 10:20
Anderson Hall 223


Anne Greenbaum
Padelford C-434
Phone: 206-543-9435
greenbau 'at'


The Course

This course covers a few miscellaneous topics from calculus. Most of our time will be spent on calculus in three dimensions. This part of the course is interesting because we actually live in three dimensional space. We first cover the basics of analytic geometry in three-space. We then discuss parametric equations and introduce the differential calculus of vector valued functions. This part of the class finishes with an introduction to multivariable integration. The last two weeks are devoted to a study of sequences and series. This culminates in Taylor's beautiful theorem. This material is useful for solving differential equations and for making approximations. We will use locally produced notes for this part of the class instead of the textbook. These notes are available here.


Your grade is determined by how you do relative to the class as a whole. Grades will be based on total points earned. There are 320 possible points:

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There are worksheets for Math 126 that will be done during TA sessions on Thursdays. You will do these problems in small groups and your TA will help you work through them. Worksheets give you enough supervised practice to go off and do the homework. They may also be used to introduce new ideas and methods that have not been covered in lecture. Treat the worksheets seriously as they help you learn how to think and write mathematics with your TA present to help you if you make a mistake. Your TA will will keep a record of your participation and performance in these worksheet sessions.


will be assigned daily, see the syllabus for the problems due. You are responsible for all the problems assigned (ie: any of it could appear on the exams). The problems assigned during the week will be collected in Quiz Section on the following Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the amount of homework that can be graded is limited. Each week two of the problems will be chosen at random to grade. They will be worth 3 points each. This makes a total of 6 points. In addition to this, you will receive a score out of 4 points reflecting the percentage of the homework you completed. (For example, if you completed about 75% of the assignment, you would receive an additional 3 points.) Thus the total possible score for each assignment is 10 points. The lowest weekly homework score will be dropped. No late homework will be accepted.

Quizzes and Exams

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Rules for taking exams

Quiz section

On Tuesdays and Thursdays you will meet with a Teaching Assistant in a smaller group. This gives you a chance to get more of your homework questions answered. Some weeks there may be a worksheet on Tuesday that you can work on while the TA circulates and answers questions. Most weeks there will be a quiz on Thursday. You will hand in homework on Tuesdays to your TA and they will return it to you, probably a week later. The midterm exams will be held in Quiz Section.

The TA's are:

BA & BBMin Wu PDL C-8M wumin 'at'
BC & BD Mark Sullivan PDL C-132 msully 'at'


Multivariable Calculus by James Stewart
(The Sixth Edition).

Note: We are using the new 6th edition this year and the homework problems are different from the 5th edition.


You will need a scientific calculator for Math 126. Graphing calculators are not allowed on quizzes and exams.

The scientific calculator must have trigonometric functions, like Sin and Cos, as well as logarithms and exponentials (ln and exp).

The calculator must not be a graphing calculator. A graphing calculator is any device with a multiline display that has the ability to graph mathematical functions. Examples are the TI-86 or the HP-49G. See your instructor before the first quiz if you are not certain if your calculator is acceptable.

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Mathematics Department University of Washington