The information below is for sections 001-008 of MA 213 only.  For sections 009 and 010 please click here.

What is Calculus III ?  MA 213 is a course in Multivariable Calculus, i.e. the calculus of functions of two or three variables.  The main topic covered are:
  • Rudiments of Analytical Geomerty (line, planes, quadric surfaces in the 3-space)
  • Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, chain rule(s), maxima and minima
  • Integration in 2 and 3 dimensions, including integration in polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates
  • Vector Calculus, Line Integrals, and Green's Theorem
Learning Outcomes  By the end of the semester, MA 213 students are expected to know the main theorems and techniques covered in Calculus III and be able to use them when and where appropriate.  Successful students will be able to use these results in new situations and will demonstrate a degree of independent thinking.

Course Components  Three weekly 50 minute lectures and two weekly 50 minute recitations. For information on individual sections click here. Regular attendance of both lectures and recitations is required and necessary for success in the course.

Textbook James Stewart, Calculus: Single and Multi-Variable (Custom edition for UK).  This is a version of the full James Srewart's Calculus, 8th edition.  You can use the full version, but the UK custom edition is somewhat cheaper.  If you bought your textbook from the UK bookstore, you have access to Stewart's eBook version.  To access this eBook, you need a WebAssign account.  The instructions can be found here.  You will need a class key.  This key is uky 7010 8243. WebAssign gives you free access for two weeks after the start of class. To continue to use WebAssign after that, you will need to enter the access code that came with the textbook you bought or purchase access online.  Note that the eBook version is not required for this course.

Homework The homework has two equally important components, one graded, the other non-graded.

The graded component is using the  WebWork online homework system.  Most of you will be familiar with WebWork as it was used in Calculus I and II.  For those who are new to WebWork, please see a brief introduction here.  The due dates for the WebWork sets are here.  Please note that if the due date is indicated, say, as Sep 17, the actual WebWork deadline is September 18, 3:00 AM.  The answers will then be available 15 minutes later, on
September 18, 3:15 AM.  Please be aware that technical problems are always possible.  It is not safe to do the homework at the last moment.   

In addition to the WebWork sets, you will find a list of problems from Stewart here.  Although these problems will not be graded, working on them will substantially improve your performance in this class (see Exams below).

Canvas UK moved from BlackBoard to Canvas in Fall 2016.  Access the Canvas through this link and use your LinkBlue credentials to login.  The decision to use or not use Canvas and how to use it belongs to individual instructors.  Please see the syllabus to your section for the details. Canvas is usually used to post exam grades and provides a convenient way to communicate with your instructor.

Schedule of Lectures Follow this link to see the schedule of lectures.

Exams There will be three midterm exams and a final exam. The dates and times are as follows:
  • First Midterm Exam: Feb 7, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Second Midterm Exam: Mar 7, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Third Midterm Exam: Apr 11, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Final (comprehensive) Exam: May 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
For a detailed exam schedule click here.  Exam problems will be identical or very similar to WebWork problems or to the assigned problems from Stewart.

Grading  The course grade will be computed as follows:
  • Each exam will be assigned 100 points for a total of 400 points
  • The WebWork homework will be assigned a total of 60 points
  • Another 40 points will be assigned as a Recitation Grade.  The recitation instructor will inform the students how the Recitation Grade will be determined
  • The maximum total points is therefore 500.  The course percent grade will be determined by dividing the grade total by 5.  The letter grade will be determined by applying the usual 10% scale to the percent grade.
Help Please be aware of the following opportunities to seek and get the help you need with Calculus III:
  • Each MA 213 instructor holds office hours either at specific times or by appointment.  Specifics are to be found in the instructor's syllabus.  Links to most instructors' syllabi are available through the schedule of individual sections, click here.
  • Help is also available in the Mathskeller and through The Study.
Students with Disabilities  If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see your instructor as soon as possible.  In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide your instructor with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center. The Disability Resource Center coordinates campus disability services available to students with disabilities. It is located on the corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive in the Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407. You can reach them via phone at (859) 257-2754 and via email at To access their web site click here.

Academic Integrity and Cheating  Please see the University of Kentucky Policy on Academic Integrity and Cheating here.