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MATH 126 D: Calculus With Analytic Geometry III

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
Robert Andrew Ohana

Syllabus Description:

Office hours:

  • R. Andrew Ohana: 1:00-2:00 MF in Padelford C-109
  • Zhan Shi: 2:30-4:30 W in the MSC


The only required material is a WebAssign access code which goes with the textbook, Multivariable Calculus, by James Stewart, 7th Edition. If you took Math 125 at UW and already purchased full access, then there is nothing new to purchase. If you didn't take Math 125 at UW, you will need to purchase WebAssign access and you should follow the instructions here:

Course Objectives:

Math 126 covers a collection of somewhat diverse topics: vectors and vector functions, polar coordinates, calculus on vector functions, dot products and cross products, lines and planes, curvature, multi-variable functions, partial derivatives, optimization, tangent planes, double intergrals, Taylor polynomials and Taylor series.


The weight for each part of the course is given below.
Category Weight
Homework 10
Quizzes (Jun 29, Jul 6, Jul 27, Aug 8) 30
Exam 1 (Tue, Jul 18) 30
Exam 2 (Fri, Aug 18) 30
Total 100


Homework assignments will be assigned and collected via WebAssign. Please log into WebAssign this week and add yourself to the course roster via this link. Homework will generally be due at 11:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (see the course calendar for specific due dates). Make sure to log onto WebAssign as soon as possible and attempt the first several homework problems to make sure you understand how everything works. Please note:
  • Assignments are typically visible one week before they are due. You should plan to complete all assignments at least two days before they are officially due! The due date is just the last time you can submit answers. A good student will always be done with the vast majority of the assignments well before the due dates. After the due date, answers and full solutions become visible and you should definitely go back and review them.
  • For all the reasons above, I will NOT grant homework extensions for any reason. If you have an emergency the day the homework is due (internet down, sickness, family emergency, etc), you will NOT get an extension. So let me reiterate, you MUST be done with the vast majority of the homework at least two days before it is due.
  • In order to account for any small issues of you forgetting an assignment or incorrectly clicking on a multiple choice, at the end of the term I will add 5% to everyone's homework grade (up to a cap of 100%).

Quiz Sections:

You will have quiz sections on Tuesday and Thursday with your TA, Zhan Shi. Most quiz sections will typically be dedicated to answering questions about the homework, however I will sometimes ask Zhan to work through extra examples related to lecture or otherwise expand on lecture if we end up being a bit short on time (which happens more frequently over the summer). You need to help and guide Zhan by looking at the problems before quiz section and asking lots of questions.


There will be two 60-minute exams. The first will be held on July 18th, and the second will be on Aug 18th. Each exam will cover half of the course's material. In addition to the two big exams, there will be four 20-minute quizzes on June 29th, July 6th, July 27th, and August 8th. Make sure that you can attend the quizzes and the exams, you will not be able to make up or take the quizzes or the exams early.


Late work will not be accepted for any reason. In case of observance of religious holidays or participation in university sponsored activities, arrangements must be made at least 3 days in advance for quizzes and 1 week in advance for the exams. You will be required to provide documentation for your absence.

Calculators and notes:

A TI-30XIIS Calculator ($14.95 at the bookstore) is the ONLY calculator that we allow on the exams! A single, double-sided, hand-written 8.5 × 12 inch sheet of notes is allowed during the exams. A single, double-sided, hand-written 3 × 5 or 4 × 6 inch index card of notes is allowed during the quizzes. You may write on both sides.

Class Philosophy:

There are two vital rules for success in my classroom.
  1. THE HOMEWORK IS THE KEY: Mathematics is truly learned when YOU completely solve a problem yourself AND understand the underlying concepts and tools so as to be able to apply them to related problems. The lecture, tutorial sessions, and office hours are valuable tools in guiding you towards learning and discovery, but ultimately the concepts and solutions must be absorbed, understood, and applied by you alone. Treat each problem as an exam question and ask yourself, "Can I answer this question without any help and do I understand the underlying principles that this problem conveys?" If your answer is no to either of these question (or if you hesitate at all), then you need more studying and practice.
  2. ASK FOR HELP: Most students will hit a wall at some point during the course. Some can't handle the large workload, while others find difficulty with specific concepts in the course. When these times arrive remember to ask for help. Come to Zhan, come to me, ask your classmates for help, visit the math study center and/or visit the student counseling center. If you are still stumped send me an email. Please, please, please find help earlier rather than later.


  • Taylor Notes.
  • The Math Study Center (Communications B-014) is open to students in Math 126. The Center provides a comfortable place and a supportive atmosphere for students to come together and study, in groups or individually. The center is staffed by TAs and instructors. See for more information. There are fewer students taking classes in the summer, so each student tends to get more attention.
  • The official 126 website. (The exam archives can be found here.)
  • Professor Loveless' old 126 website has a lot of useful resources.
Catalog Description: 
Third quarter in calculus sequence. Introduction to Taylor polynomials and Taylor series, vector geometry in three dimensions, introduction to multivariable differential calculus, double integrals in Cartesian and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in MATH 125, score of 5 on AB advanced placement test, or score of 4 on BC advanced placement test. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural World (NW)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:11pm