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:
- 2 Midterms--50 points each
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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
The lowest weekly homework score will be dropped. No late homework will be accepted.
Quizzes and Exams
- There will be a 20 minute quiz every Thursday that there is not a worksheet, see the syllabus. These will usually cover the
homework from the preceeding Monday or Friday. They will be very similar to the homework problems. The TA's will grade
them and return them to you the following Tuesday. The quizzes are closed book/closed notes and you cannot use a graphing calculator.
There are no make up quizzes, but I do drop your lowest quiz score.
- There will be 2 midterm exams. They
will be given on the dates listed in the syllabus. They are 50 minutes long
and will be given in Quiz Section. You must bring a Photo ID to all exams.
- The final exam
will take place from 1:30pm to 4:20pm on Saturday, June 6. Note that this is not the time listed
in the final exam schedule. The location will be announced later.
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Rules for taking exams
- You are allowed to use one handwritten 8.5 by 11 sheet of notes.
- Graphing calculators are not allowed. A scientific calculator may be useful.
- There are no make-up exams. If you have a compelling and
well-documented reason for missing a test, speak to the professor about it.
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 & BB||Min Wu|| PDL C-8M ||
wumin 'at' math.washington.edu |
|BC & BD||
Mark Sullivan ||PDL C-132
||msully 'at' math.washington.edu|
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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