University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

AMAT/TMAT 218: Honors Calculus of Several Variables, Spring 2016


Prof. Marco Varisco, (how to email a professor),
Office: ES-120C, Office Hours: MWF 10:25–11:20, or by appointment.


MF 9:20–10:15 and W 8:15–10:05 in ES-143.


“Honors version of third semester calculus. Same topics as AMAT 214 (curves and vectors in the plane, geometry of three-dimensional space, vector functions in three-space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals), but topics are covered in greater depth. This course is for students with more than average ability and more than average interest in mathematics.” (See the University Bulletin.)


AMAT/TMAT 119, or a grade of A in AMAT 113, or permission of instructor. (See the University Bulletin.)


Textbook coverJames Stewart, Multivariable Calculus, Seventh Edition, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

You have the option to buy the textbook together with access to WebAssign — the online homework and grading system used for this course — or to buy only the access to WebAssign. Access to WebAssign includes access to an electronic version of the textbook. One option for purchasing the textbook along with WebAssign access is here.

N.B. If last semester or earlier you bought the Lifetime of Edition version of the e-book, you do not need to purchase access to WebAssign nor the electronic version of the textbook again this semester — just make sure to use your old credentials when logging into WebAssign.

Grading & Examinations

Homework will be assigned regularly on WebAssign from the exercises in the textbook. To enroll in our course on WebAssign, click here. The class key for our course is: albany 5027 7048. Once enrolled, you will have a free trial of WebAssign until February 3. Before February 3, you will need to purchase and enter an access code to continue using WebAssign once this free trial expires. Be sure to check WebAssign regularly for homework assignments as well as for all course announcements. Do all the homework, and then some — calculus is not a spectator sport!

There will be at least twelve quizzes, mostly consisting of questions from the homework and statements of definitions/theorems. The two lowest scores will be dropped, and no make-up quizzes will ever be given.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you cannot make one of the exams. Retroactive or last-minute requests for a make-up exam or a reweighing of the examination grades will be ignored.

Of course, you are expected to follow the University’s Standards of Academic Integrity and Medical Excuse Policies.

This syllabus is subject to change. All official announcements and assignments are given in class, and this web page may not be up to date.
Marco Varisco.