Math 233 Calculus III, Fall 2018

Course chair

Jenia Tevelev, LGRT 1235E, (413)-545-2856,

Sections and instructors

Class Number Section Instructor Location Meeting Time
76889 233.1 Noriyuki Hamada 9:05-9:55, MWF
76884 233.2 Jonathan Simone 11:15 - 12:05, MWF
76891 233.3 Mario DeFranco 12:20 - 1:10, MWF
76892 233.4 Maria Correia 1:25 - 2:15, MWF
76887 233.5 Jenia Tevelev 10:00 - 11:15, TuTh
76888 233.6 Richard Buckman 11:30 - 12:45, TuTh
76883 233.7 Zahra Sinaei 1:00 - 2:15, TuTh
76890 233.8 Zahra Sinaei 2:30 - 3:45, TuTh
76885 233.9 Andrew Havens 8:30 - 9:45, TuTh
76886 233.10 Kien Ngueyen 2:30 - 3:45, MW
76893 233.11 Jonathan Simone 10:10 - 11:00, MWF
76967 233.13 Jennifer Li 8 - 8:50, MWF

Short description

This course is part of a 3-semester sequence (131-132-233), covering standard material on differential and integral calculus at an intermediate level: more sophisticated (and much faster moving) than high school calculus, but with less emphasis on theoretical rigor than in advanced courses such as Math 425 or Math 523. Instead the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications suitable for students majoring in engineering, natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics. Math 233 covers calculus of functions of more than one variable.


Enhanced WebAssign is required for this course. Your homework assignments will be done through Enhanced WebAssign based of the text "Calculus: Early Transcendentals" (8th edition) by James Stewart. Your purchasing options are contained within this link:

You have the option of purchasing a loose-leaf version of the Stewart 8e textbook bundled with multi-term Instant Access Code to Enhanced WebAssign for $134.15. With this bundle purchase you will have instant access to Enhanced WebAssign that contains the Stewart 8e eText while your loose-leaf version of the text ships to you in 3 - 5 business days. Your also have the option of purchasing a stand-alone Instant Access Code to Enhanced WebAssign (with eText) without a hard copy the loose-leaf textbook. You can purchase a single term access code for $78.00, or a life-of-edition/multi-term access code for $114.00. Please note the single term access is valid for one semester, while the life-of-edition access is valid for all three courses, Math 131, 132 and 233, provided you remain on track. If you do not take the courses consecutively, you may have to enroll in a class which requires a later edition of the book, or even a different book. Once you have made your online purchase of the Enhanced WebAssign access code you will receive your access code along with directions on how to proceed and register into Enhanced WebAssign. If you acquire a physical book (via or elsewhere) BE SURE IT INCLUDES ENHANCED WEBASSIGN and is for the 8th edition. Note: if you purchase Enhanced WebAssign directly from the WebAssign website as oppose to the above linked microsite, you will get the same stand-alone Instant Access Code to Enhanced WebAssign (with eText), at a price of: $100.00 for single-term and $125 for multi-term. WHICHEVER OPTION YOU CHOOSE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ORDER IT USING YOUR UMASS EMAIL ADDRESS.

Due dates for homework assignments will be announced by your instructor and listed in WebAssign.

If you have not used WebAssign before, to log-in to WebAssign, go to and give your
Username: UMass email address
Password: umass ID# (unless you already have a password from a previous semester. If using your ID number, change it as soon as possible, and make it something you'll remember but others won't be able to figure out!)

One week after the semester begins, you will need to enter your WebAssign access code when you log in. You get this access code when you buy the textbook + WebAssign package. You may also buy an access code from the WebAssign site, but that's more expensive.

Calculators and formula sheets policy

There is no required calculator for the course, although many students find them helpful. You will NOT be allowed to use a calculator on exams. You must show all work other than arithmetic calculations. Absolutely no formula sheets, class notes, etc. will be allowed during final and midterm exams. Learning and memorizing formulas takes time. Do not postpone this until the last minute.

Schedule of lectures

The following is meant to give a general idea of which sections are covered in which weeks. Coverage may be different depending on such factors as MWF vs. TuTh schedule, different paces of individual instructors, etc. However, it is expected that all these sections will be covered.

Week Lectures Events
Sept 3 12.1, 12.2, First day of classes Tuesday Sept 4
Sept 10 12.3, 12.4, 12.5,
Sept 17 12.6, 10.1, 13.1, 13.2, Last day to drop with no record: Monday Sept 17
Sept 24 13.3, 13.4
Oct 1 14.1, 14.2 Exam 1 on Tuesday, Oct 2, 7-9pm. Location TBA
Oct 8 14.3, 14.4 Tuesday Oct 9 is on a Monday schedule: Columbus Day Monday Oct 8
Oct 15 14.5, 14.6
Oct 22 14.7, 14.8
Oct 29 15.1, 15.2
Nov 5 15.3, 10.3
Nov 12 15.4 Monday Nov 12: Veterans' day. Exam 2 on Wednesday Nov 14, 7-9pm. Location TBA Thanksgiving recess begins on Sunday Nov 18
Nov 26 16.1, 16.2 Classes resume on Monday Nov 26
Dec 3 16.3, 16.4
Dec 10 Last day of classes: Dec 12. Final Dec 18, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Boyden Gym.

Course Topics Covered


The grading of the course will be as follows. There will be a final exam worth 25% and two exams during the semester worth 25% each. The final 25% of each student's grade will be determined by his or her section instructor ("Instructors 25%"). This may include homework, quizzes, attendance, etc. Different instructors may compute this portion differently. All scores will be scaled to a 0-100 scale before averaging.

Final and midterm exams

The final exam will be cumulative, with some emphasis placed on topics covered after the second exam. The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday December 18 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Boyden Gym. The final will only be given at that time, and not at any other time for any reason. In particular, adjust your travel plans accordingly; planning to leave for vacation before the final exam is a bad idea.

The dates the midterm exams during the semester are Tuesday October 2 and Wednesday November 14, 7-9pm. Location TBA. The dates the makeup midterm exams during the semester are Wednesday October 3 and Thursday November 15, 7-9pm. Location TBA.

The material to be covered on Exam 1 is through Section 13.2. The material to be covered on Exam 2 is through Section 14.8.

You will NOT be allowed to use a calculator on exams. You must show all work other than arithmetic calculations. Absolutely no formula sheets, class notes, etc. will be allowed during final and midterm exams. Learning and memorizing formulas takes time. Do not postpone this until the last minute.

Solutions to the first midterm and the make-up

Solutions to the second midterm and the make-up

Solutions to the final exam

Make-up exams policy

Be sure to get your instructor to approve you to take any of the two make-up exams which will take place the night following the regularly scheduled exam. If you cannot take a make-up exam at this time and place, then you will need to discuss this before hand with your professor and find a solution to this problem with him/her.

Make-up exams will only be given for reasons described at this page. Above all, remember that you have to notify your instructor at least two weeks in advance.

Practice exams and some suggested problems

Below are some practice exams and review problems offered in previous semesters. While these can be useful in preparing for exams,  you should be aware that there may be significant variation  in the choice of topics and the difficulty of the questions in various exams from different terms and years. You should not assume a particular topic or type of problem on a practice exam will necessarily appear on  the exams during the present term. The choice often depends on the pace and timing of lectures in different years, and the decisions made by different groups of Math 233 instructors.  There will be further announcements about the particular exams on this web page throughout the term. You should also consult with your instructor. The exams for Math 233 for Fall 2017 will be written by the course chair and reviewed by all Math 233 instructors.

Below are study guides, review slides and a collection old exam problems that were organized and written by Prof. Bill Meeks. Note that the numbering of the "Old Exam Problems" corresponds to the numbering of the prolems in the "Reviews" of the Exams 1 ,2 and Final Exam.

Spring 2009: Study guides for: Exam 1,Exam 2,Final Exam
Review for Exam 1.
Review for Exam 2.
Review for the Final Exam.
Old Problems for Exam 1.
Old Problems for Exam 2.
Old Problems for Final Exam.

Need help?

The best way to get help is to visit your instructor's office hours. If you can't make those, try visiting the Calculus Tutoring Center, which has drop-in hours for help with Math 131, 132, and 233. Another option is to visit the Learning Resource Center, which usually has at least a few tutors who can help with 233.

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