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MATH 324 A: Advanced Multivariable Calculus I

Meeting Time: 
MWF 8:30am - 9:20am
CHL 015

Syllabus Description:

Class structure:

On Wednesdays and Fridays, students will work in small groups on problems and concepts, and sometimes the whole class will work together. There are several Monday holidays, and there are four exams on Mondays. The remaining Mondays will also be group-work. On Thursdays you will meet in smaller groups (sections of 40 students) with the course's Teaching Assistant; many of those days will be spent doing practice problems, focused on exam preparation.

Because of this class structure, students are required to read the relevant sections of the book before each class, and take online reading quizzes, one or two per week. Come to class prepared to work on material related to the reading; at the end of each class, turn in your work (in a group of 2, 3, or 4 people). There will also be regular WebAssign problems; these are turned in online.

The schedule for a typical week:

  • Sunday night (or earlier): complete the WebAssign problems, which are directly related to
  • Monday class: an exam
  • Wednesday morning (or earlier): complete a reading quiz
  • Wednesday class: participate in that day's problems and discussion
  • Thursday sections: prep for exam, review, prep for homework, etc.
  • Friday morning (or earlier): complete a reading quiz
  • Friday class: participate in that day's problems and discussion

Course materials:

Office hours:

John Palmieri: PDL C-442,, 543-1785. Friday 10:30-12:00, drop in, and by appointment.

TA: Sean Griffin, PDL C-552, stgriff@uw.eduMonday 8:30-9:20 and Friday 3:00-4:00.


  • Reading quizzes: 15% (drop lowest)
  • In-class problems: 15% (drop two lowest)
  • WebAssign problems: 20% (drop lowest)
  • Exams: 30% (drop lowest)
  • Final: 20%

Access and Accommodations:

If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

Course outline:

Weeks 1-3: Chapters 1 and 2, basic modeling and first order equations. In more detail:

  • Week 1: Sections 1.1, 1.2
  • Week 2: Exam 1, Sections 2.1, 2.3, 2.5
  • Week 3: Sections 2.5 (continued), 2.7

Weeks 4-7: Chapter 3, second order linear equations. In more detail:

  • Week 4: Exam 2, Section 3.1
  • Week 5: reading on complex numbers, Sections 3.3, 3.4
  • Week 6: Sections 3.5, 3.7
  • Week 7: Exam 3, Sections 3.7 (continued), 3.8

Weeks 8-10: Chapter 6, Laplace transforms. In more detail:

  • Week 8: Sections 6.1, 6.2
  • Week 9: Exam 4, Sections 6.2 (continued), 6.3
  • Week 10: Sections 6.4, 6.5


  • January 8: Exam 1. No notes or calculators allowed.
  • January 22: Exam 2
  • February 5: Exam 3
  • February 26: Exam 4
  • March 12: Final exam (2:30-4:20)

If I ever decide to allow calculators on exams, only scientific calculators (like the TI-30 IIS) will be allowed: no graphing calculators, etc.

Catalog Description: 
Topics include double and triple integrals, the chain rule, vector fields, line and surface integrals. Culminates in the theorems of Green and Stokes, along with the Divergence Theorem. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 126 or MATH 136. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural World (NW)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:08pm