University of Rhode Island MTH243: Multivariable Calculus
Summer 2019

General Information

Instructor: Tom Sharland
e-mail: tsharland "at"
Lectures: M T W Th 8-9.45, Swan 204
Office hours: M T W Th 10-11.
Office: Lippitt 202F

Course description: Topics include coordinates for space, vector geometry, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, extrema, Lagrange multipliers, and multiple integrals. Gen Ed: (A1) (B3)

Prerequisites: C- or better in MTH142.

Textbook: The course textbook is Calculus: Multivariable (7th ed.) by McCallum, Hughes-Hallet et. al.

Homework: We will be using WileyPlus online homework system this semester. To sign up for the WileyPlus system, you will need a WileyPlus registration code. If you buy a copy of our textbook at the URI Bookstore, a registration code for WileyPlus will be included with the book at no additional cost. If you buy a copy somewhere else and it does not include WileyPlus code, you will need to purchase a WileyPlus code separately. Here is the flyer to guide you in course enrolment.
Late homework will never be accepted but an assignment may be excused if there is documented evidence as to why it was missed. Similarly, make-up exams will only be provided if documented evidence shows the exam was missed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Classwork: In each class session, a small amount of time will be set aside for group work, related to material covered in the previous class session. Your performance on these will contrinute towards your final grade.

Grade breakdown: The grading scheme will be as follows:

  • Wiley Homework: 15%
  • Other assignments: 10%
  • Midterms: 15% each (45% total)
  • Final: 30%
Exam dates/Information: All exams will take place during class sessions. There will be THREE midterm exams, which will take place during the first class session of each week (except for the first andlast weeks). The final exam will be on June 20th (the last class day).


  • Available help To complement the lectures, homework and office hours, you may also find it beneficial to make use of the Academic Enhancement Center. Follow the link to find the timetable for Math tutors.
  • Online resources There are many online resources you may find helpful. Here are a couple.
    • Paul's Notes for Calculus III
    • WolframAlpha - note that though this is a useful resource, you should not rely on it completely to solve problems, as you will need to be able to solve problems without electronic aids in the exams!
  • Mathematica We will not be relying on Mathematica in class, but you may find it useful in helping you draw pictures of graphs of functions and so on. The computer labs should have it installed.