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Math 324 E

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Instructor: Luke Wolcott


office: Art #336

Class Location:  Smith #105
Class Time: MWF 1:30 - 2:20pm


We're using the book: Calculus - Early Transcendentals, by James Stewart.  6th edition.  We'll go through Ch.15, part of Ch.14, and all of Ch.16.  The bookstore has a special UW version, designed specifically for Math 324.

Multivariable Calculus is a fun extension of single-variable calculus.  There's lots of visualizing in three dimensions.  It's really useful.

Office hours

This quarter we have a Math 324 Study Center, in Communications #B-006 (in the basement of the Communications building, in the room next to the Math Study Center).  It's open during the following times:


Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm (with Prof. Judith Arms)
Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm (with me)

Also, I'll have an office hour Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm, in my office (Art#336).

None of these times good for you?  Here's a complete list of Math 324 office hours this quarter - you're welcome to drop by at any of these.


We'll have two midterms and one final exam.

Midterm I: Wednesday, October 19th (in class)

Midterm II: Wednesday, November 16th (in class)

Final Exam: Monday, December 12th, from 2:30 - 4:30, in Smith 105

You're allowed to use one side of one sheet of hand-written notes, for the first and second exams.  For the final you get two sides!  Scientific calculators, but no graphing calculators.

When we get closer to the exams, I'll post some review material.

In case of observance of religious holidays or participation in university sponsored activities, arrangements must be made at least one week in advance for exams. You will be required to provide documentation for your absence. Make-up exams will not be given. If you miss an exam due to unavoidable and well-documented circumstances, your final exam will be weighted more heavily.


You'll have weekly homework, due on Wednesday at 11pm.  We'll be using WebAssign.  This means that all homework problems will be posted there, and you'll submit your answers and be graded electronically.  Everyone gets a unique assignment, and you have five chances to get each problem correct.  There are also some electronic resources built in, to give you hints when you're stuck.

Getting started with WebAssign requires that you pay some money - at the bookstore or online.  There is instructions here, and more info about using WebAssign here.   I suggest you familiarize yourself soon, and ask me if you have questions.

(Note: if you bought a WebAssign code for Math 124, 125, or 126, it might still work for Math 324, since we're using the same textbook.)

Each week, as part of your homework, you also need to complete a quick weekly survey (due Wednesday at 11pm).  These will help me.  If you miss fewer than three weekly surveys, this gives you the equivalent of 15 homework points.  If you miss three or more, than you get no points.


The distribution of grades is as follows:

Homework 20%
Midterm I 25%
Midterm II 25%
Final Exam 30%

Homework is scored cumulatively (including 15 for the weekly surveys), and 95% on the homework will be considered 100%.  In other words, you're allowed to skip one half of one assignment without penalty.  No late homework.

Beginning after the first midterm, you'll be able to view your grades online through a Gradebook.

Tips for succeeding in this class

1. Do the homework.The only way to understand mathematical ideas deeply is to work out solutions to problems. Learning is an active process, and in this course cannot succeed without doing the homework and class activities. My role as instructor is to explicate and clarify the concepts, but I can't make you learn if you don't put in the effort.

2. Ask for help. No matter how much math you understand, there will always be people who understand more, and people who understand less. Asking questions is how we personalize this somewhat impersonal material, and make it mean something. So no question is a bad question. If there's something that isn't clear to you, I guarantee that you're not the only one. Ask your questions, and everyone will be grateful. I'm in my office often and don't mind meeting one on one; just email or approach me.

3. Study for exams. Exams count for a large portion of your grade; the reason for this is that I want to force you to study. When you study for an exam you are relearning and reorganizing the material in a more useful form. It forces you to step back and try to see the larger picture. Without this integration of knowledge you will be lost in the forest, and will miss the underlying simplicity and beauty of these concepts.

Additional resources

1. The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, aka CLUE is a free UW program, based in Mary Gates Hall, oering drop-in tutoring and other services to help answer your questions. More information is at:

2. If you'd like a private tutor, ask me or go to the Math Advising Office in the basement of Padelford.

3.The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal op- portunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (FAX) or

4. The Student Counseling Center provides academic skills workshops on a variety of topics including stress management, test anxiety, and time management, to help you succeed at the UW. More information is at:
Send questions about this workspace to Luke Wolcott.