Math 234 (Lecture 3) — Spring 2017
Calculus—Functions of Several Variables
Lecturer: Joe Miller
Email: ude.csiw.htam@rellimj
Office: 521 Van Vleck
Office Hours:
 Monday 1:00–2:00PM,
 Thursday 9:30–10:30AM.
Lecture: MWF 12:05–12:55PM in B102 Van Vleck
Textbook:
Grade Breakdown
 Discussion: 20%
 Exam I: 25%
 Exam II: 25%
 Final exam: 30%
Discussion grades are based on quizzes. These grades will be adjusted at the end of the semester so that, even if your TA is a tough grader or gives hard quizzes, your course grade will not suffer. You should expect to have a quiz in discussion section (essentially) ever Thursday.
Makeup quizzes will not be offered, but we will drop the lowest quiz score.
Homework
Homework will not be collected.
Assigned on 
Exercises 
January 20 
Section 1.12: 1–15 
January 29 
Section 2.17: 2–6 
February 6 
Section 2.17: 1, 7 
Section 3.Problems: 1–4, 10–12 
February 13 
Section 3.Problems: 5, 6, 7, 14 
Section 4.3: 1(a), 2, 3, 4, 6 
February 17 
Section 4.7: 1–6, 8–10 
Section 4.Problems (pages 72–73): 1–8, 10, 13 
February 25 
Section 4.Problems (pages 72–73): 9, 11, 14 
Section 4.12: 1–6, 8, 10–12 
March 4 
Section 4.15: 2, 3, 7, 9, 12, 13 (find the function) 
Section 5.3: 1, 2, 3 
Section 5.6: 1 (do a few parts), 2, 5, 6, 7 
March 10 
Section 5.10: 2 (a,c,e), 5 (do a few parts), 7 (a,c), 8, 9 
Section 5.13: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 13, 14 
March 26 
Section 6.3: 1, 2, 3, 5 (do a few, including k), 6 (do a few), 8, 9. Note the typo in 8: $a\leq c\leq b$ should be $a\leq x\leq b$ 
Don't forget that the PDF of the course packet has answers for all the problems marked with green dots. 
Exams
There will be two evening exams and a final. Makeup exams are possible only in very specific circumstances. It is your responsibility to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
Exam Dates:
 Exam 1: Thursday, March 2 from 7:15–8:45PM (EVENING)
 Exam 2: Thursday, April 13 from 7:15–8:45PM (EVENING)
 Final: Monday, May 8 from 5:05–7:05PM (EVENING)
Tentative Syllabus
Note that this schedule is only an approximation!
Week 
Topics 
1 
Vector Geometry in 3D space: review of vectors, dot and cross products, determinants, lines and planes 
2 
Parametric curves and vector functions: vector functions, parametric equations, derivatives, velocity and acceleration 
3 
Parametric curves and vector functions: Arc length, tangent, normal and binormal vectors, curvature 
4 
Functions of several variables: functions of two variables, level sets, linear functions, quadratic forms, polar coordinates 
5 
Derivatives: interior points and continuous functions, partial derivatives, linear approximations, tangent plane 
6 
Derivatives: Chain Rule, gradients, functions of three variables, implicit functions, higher order partial derivatives 
7 
Maxima and minima: Local and global extrema, continuous functions on closed bdd sets, critical points, linear regression 
8 
Maxima and minima: second derivative test, optimization 
9 
Integrals: double and triple integrals 
10 
Integrals: triple integrals, cylindrical coordinates, spherical coordinates 
11 
Vector Calculus: vector fields, line integrals 
12 
Vector Calculus: Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, conservative vector fields 
13 
Vector Calculus: Flux integrals, Green's Theorem 
14 
Vector Calculus: Surfaces and surface integrals, Divergence Theorem 
15 
Vector Calculus: Stoke's Theorem 
