Online Math 233 Multivariate Calculus - Section 02, Spring 2020

Welcome to the Online Math 233 Multivariate Calculus website. This is the course website providing course information relevant to this section. This online section of Math 233 will follow the material and policies described on this website.

Online classes are taught through Continuing Ed (CPE) so you cannot sign up for them through SPIRE. You need to go to the Continuing Ed site. We will be using a Blackboard Learn for this course. This website is where all course content and announcements will be.

Taking an online course is different then in person. You will need to be more self disciplined to get the work done. All the work (assignments and quizzes) is done online and graded automatically. For each section I will create slides and lecture videos that you watch at your convenience. There are deadlines throughout the semester, usually by chapter in the textbook for the course. Some courses also require you participate in the discussion board.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in accordance with UMass Amherst, promotes the integrity and security of its courses. To further secure its courses, the department will require one (or more) proctored exams during the midterm and final exam periods. Students who enroll in affected online courses will have to take a proctored midterm and/or final exam within the scheduled exam time frame.

Off-campus proctoring will require either a webcam or travel to an accredited testing center. All proctoring arrangements must be in place and approved by the instructor and math department no later than the last day of add/drop for the course. To help you start your search for a remote proctor please start by searching the National College Testing Associations (NCTA website)(link is external) that lists accredited testing centers.

To receive a passing grade in this course, the student’s average of the midterm exam and final exam must be at least a 50%. To learn more about this course policy click on the syllabus. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Maria Correia, Office LGRT 122C (first floor), (413)-545-0029,

Prerequisite: Math 131 (Calculus I) and Math 132 (Calculus II).

Please bear in mind that in order to pass the course you must achieve an average grade of at least a 50% on the midterm and final exam. Also, it is important to remember that the summer session is 6 weeks rather than a typical 13.5 week semester. While the course contains the same amount of material, it will be very condensed. It is important to plan for the amount of work required to learn and absorb this much material in such a compressed amount of time.

Course Description: Math 233 is the third semester of the calculus sequence. It develops the extension of single-variable calculus to functions of several variables. In particular, it covers vectors in two- and three-dimensional space, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, line integrals, and surface integrals. The culmination of the course is the generalization of the fundamental theorem of calculus: Green's theorem, Stokes's theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. Please see the course topics.

General Education : MATH 233 is a four-credit General Education course that satisfies the R1 (Basic Math Skills) and R2 (Analytic Reasoning) general education requirements for graduation. The General Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers students a unique opportunity to develop critical thinking, communication, and learning skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. For more information about the General Education Program, please visit the web page: Math 233 satisfies the General Education objectives.

Course Textbook: Stewart, J. ,Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Hybrid Edition, 8th Edition. Enhanced WebAssign is required for this course. Your homework assignments will be done through Enhanced WebAssign based on the text "Calculus: Early Transcendentals" (8th edition). Your purchasing options are contained within this micro site link:

The textbook is the same one used for Math 131 and Math 132. If you did not previously buy the text for Math 131 and 132, there are various print and e-book options available.Many of these options include access to the required WebAssign homework system.

Note: You do not need to purchase a hard copy of the textbook unless you'd like to. WebAssign access is the only requirement for the course. WebAssign comes with a digital copy of the textbook. You can purchase your WebAssign access directly at

Exams: There will be two exams: one midterm and one final. You will not be allowed a calculator or any notes on the exams. Students who enroll in affected online courses will have to take a proctored midterm and/or final exam within the scheduled exam time frame. Off-campus proctoring will require a webcam. More details about exam proctoring will be provided later. EXAM dates: TBA.