MAT 307 (Multivariable Calculus with Linear Algebra)

Fall 2012

SUNY at Stony Brook

Linear algebra and multivariable calculus are closely related subjects. Even though algebra and analysis (calculus) seem very different, they come together in very naturally in this arena. Differential calculus deals with understanding complicated nonlinear behavior (functions) by linearization (the derivative). When working with more than one variable, the linear objects are more complicated and are organized or understood in terms of linear algebra.
MAT 307 and MAT 308 together cover the same material at MAT 203, MAT 211 and MAT 303 at a somewhat more theoretical level. This means that this course is going to move quickly and will be a significant amount of work. Since MAT 307 only covers about half of the material in MAT 211, students who complete only MAT 307 and not MAT 308 may need to take MAT 211.
There is a lot of material in the text that cannot be covered in class, and you will need to read the relevant sections on your own. The text is rather densely written, so you may not understand it on the first or even second reading. Keep trying - it will eventually pay off handsomely. Ask questions to your instructor and TA.


FINAL EXAM: Tuesday, Dec 11, 8:30 - 11:00pm in Melville Library E4310
The final exam is cumulative, covering the full semester of topics. However, there will be a heavy emphasis (about 2/3) on the later chapters, Ch. 7, 8, 9, with only about 1/3 on Chapters 1, 2, 4-6. Most all the problems will be computational, of the same character as HW problems. There may be one or two which are more conceptual, testing your understanding of the theory. None of the problems will be intense or hard computationally, where you have to do complicated Calc I type integrals.

Here is the Final Exam

Due to the cancelation of classes last week, Midterm II will be cancelled. Exam and HW/Quiz percentages will be adjusted accordingly. We need the time in class for lectures to cover lots of remaining material and can't spare a full class for an exam. We plan to start on Monday, November 5 with Chapter 7: Integration.

Hand in HW due Oct 29 to your TA on Monday, Nov 5.

MIDTERM I: Wednesday, Oct 3, 4:00-5:20 in Lecture Class
The exam will have 5-6 problems covering topics in: Chapters 1, 2 and Chapter 4. Difficulty of the problems will vary (some easy, some harder) but overall similar to level of HW problems. No proofs.

Here is the Midterm Exam

MAT 307

Lecture and Recitation

Final Exam: Tuesday Dec 11, 8:30-11:00pm, Place: Library E4310



4:00pm- 5:20pm



Michael Anderson






Cheng Hao