Math 2110Q – Multivariable Calculus (Fall 2023)

Course Coordinator (Storrs): Anthony Rizzie


Two- and three-dimensional vector algebra, calculus of functions of several variables, vector differential calculus, line and surface integrals.


MATH 1132Q or a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam. Recommended preparation: a grade of C- or better in MATH1132Q. Not open for credit to students who have passed MATH 2130Q or 2143Q.


The textbook for the course is Multivariable Calculus by James Stewart (8th Edition), which is bundled with a WebAssign code for doing online homework. This book consists of Chapters 10-17 of Calculus: Early Transcendentals (8th Edition), so if you already have that version from Math 1131Q and/or 1132Q, then you are all set (specifically you will need Chapters 12-16). If not, you will either need to buy the textbook from the bookstore (which can be bundled with the book for 2410Q), or you can get a one-term access to Cengage Unlimited which will include access for both 2110Q now AND 2410Q, even if you take 2410Q another semester.

Husky Book Bundle: If you opt into the bundle, then you do NOT need to purchase WebAssign access separately; however, you will need to go in person to the bookstore to get an access code. If you opt out of the bundle, then you will remain in WebAssign for the first 2 or so weeks of the course and then lose access without entering an access code.

Husky Book Bundle Update: At this time, all students should have access to WebAssign and will NOT need to enter an access code. If you are participating in the Husky Book Bundle, then you will continue to have access and will not need to do anything else (as well as if you had a multi-term code from previous semesters/courses). If you have opted out of the bundle, then you will be removed from the WebAssign course after the Add/Drop date has passed and will need to enter an access code to regain access. Regardless, any assignment progress and scores will be saved at any point, whether you continue with paid access or not.

Information about WebAssign access, Cengage office hours, and more:


This semester, Section 100 (Professor Hall), Section 120 (Professor Rizzie), and Section 140 (Professor Jiang) have in-person lectures each week. Section 180 (Professor Rizzie) is online and asynchronous but is invited and encouraged to attend lecture classes in-person with Section 120. We will also make a complete set of lecture videos developed by Anthony Rizzie through e-campus available as an extra resource.

Practice Problem Points (PPP)

One of the best ways to reinforce your skills and gain a thorough understanding of the course material is by completing problems. There are several types of practice problems available to you in the course – WebAssign assignments, Weekly Worksheets, Extra Practice Worksheets, etc. Each one you complete will earn you PPP. You are expected to earn 100 PPP throughout the course.  To encourage students to continue working throughout the entire semester, the maximum PPP you can earn up until Exam 1 is 50 and the maximum up until Exam 2 is 85. Any points earned beyond either threshold will not count toward your final grade.


2110Q PPP Options

WebAssign Homework (up to 2 PPP each)

To access the homework you will have to go through Husky CT. In your account you will find a link to do your homework using WebAssign. There will be homework assignments for each section of the text. Each assignment will be made available on WebAssign at the beginning of the semester. WebAssign homework is due on Thursday the week following when it is covered at 11:59 pm.  Each WebAssign assignment you complete will earn you a maximum score of 2 PPP (scores are based on totals of problems completed, up to a max of 2 each assignment). Penalty-free extensions are available automatically via WebAssign for every assignment.

You will get unlimited attempts (really 100 since that’s WebAssign’s max) for each question that is not multiple choice. (Attempts on multiple choice questions vary). After each attempt, you will be told whether your answer is correct or not. If you are not able to get the correct answer after your initial attempts, we recommend that you seek help from your instructor, the Q-Center, a tutor, or another student before attempting to answer the problem again.

Questions on WebAssign will not necessarily be covered in lecture or discussion. This is a 2000-level math course, and you are expected to use resources like your instructor’s office hours and the textbook to help discover answers to new, more involved questions. This will be particularly true of questions on the worksheets.

Warning: When accessing your online homework, use Firefox or Chrome as your browser; there are problems that can occur if you use Internet Explorer or Safari. Useful tips on using WebAssign can be found here.

Weekly Worksheets (up to 4 PPP each)

There are weekly worksheets that cover the material from each week of the course posted on HuskyCT.  Each worksheet has three parts.  The first part (labeled Practice Problems) can be submitted in HuskyCT by Wednesday night of the week after the material is covered.  You will earn 2 PPP for completing these problems and submitting them. You are welcome to print out the worksheet and do your work on there, but using your own lined paper and submitting a picture or scan of your work is perfectly fine!

Note: “complete” means that all parts of the problem are finished and that an earnest attempt was made at solving the problem. Simply writing something down or doing a step or two does not constitute a full, good-faith solution attempt and will not receive completion credit.

The worksheets also have problems labeled Extra Quiz Practice.  Solutions to these problems are immediately available in order to give you some more examples of completed problems. These problems CANNOT be completed for credit.

The third part is labeled Challenge Problems. You may complete and submit up to 2 Challenge problems each week for 1 PPP each. These problems should be submitted to your TA in discussion and are expected to be handwritten and your own work.

Weekly Worksheets are due Wednesday nights. You can submit them late, but you will receive a maximum of 1 PPP for the Practice Problems if not submitted on time. Challenge Problems will not be accepted late.


Practice Problems- Turn these in on HuskyCT by Wednesday at 11:59 PM for 2 PPP. They can be submitted late but will receive at most 1 PPP.

Extra Quiz Practice- These are never submitted for points.

Challenge Problems- These are submitted on paper in discussion to your TA at 1 PPP per problem and at most 2 PPP per week. These are not accepted late.

Additional Practice Worksheets (up to 2 PPP each)

Additional Practice Worksheets are provided under the Outline tab above and in HuskyCT.   These are intended to help you practice and master both the concepts and calculations for this course. Worksheets can be submitted to HuskyCT and earn 2 PPP each if fully completed.  Additional Practice Worksheets are due on the day of each corresponding exam, and they can serve as an excellent source for studying and exam prep!  They can also be submitted earlier but may not be graded until closer to the due date.

Participation in Discussion Section (up to 1 PPP each)

You may earn up to 1 PPP a week by actively participating during discussion section. Please speak with your TA about the specific way you will be able to earn these points in your discussion section.

Calc Night (2 PPP each time attended)

Each Monday night from 6-8 PM in Science 1, the Math Department will be hosting an optional Calc Night, and any students in Calculus I (1131Q), Calculus II (1132Q), or Multivariable Calculus (2110Q) are welcome to attend! There will be free pizza* and desserts, and TAs for each course will be present to help you with any questions about the course content and your homework. For each Math Night you attend, you will receive 2 PPP.

*We will have pizza for the first and last Calc night of the semester, but we hope to have some desserts or treats each week! 🙂

Tuesday “Raising Calculus to the Surface” Sessions (2 PPP each time attended)

On Tuesday afternoons, we will host an optional session where students can work in groups on activities intended to complement lecture and enhance your understanding of the course material. These will not be graded or have any work submitted, but you will receive 2 PPP for each time you attend. Please make sure to sign up in advance by the deadline so that we can make sure we have adequate space and assistance!

Practice Exams (5 PPP each)

We will host and provide a practice exam for each of the three exams in the course. If you fully complete the practice exam, you will earn 5 PPP for each of three times throughout the semester.

Discussion Quizzes

Each Thursday in Discussion, you will have a quiz that will have one short-answer question. The quiz will always cover the previous week’s material. In fact, the question will come directly from (or be very similar to) a question on the Weekly Worksheets, taken from either the Practice Problems or Extra Quiz Practice. The secret word is “ellipse.” Quiz questions will NEVER be taken from the Challenge Questions.
Quizzes will be returned the following week in discussion. Your 2 lowest quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester. Each student may also contact their TA before or on the day of a quiz (unless there are extenuating circumstances) to request a makeup quiz twice during the semester with no reason needed and no penalty. Should you encounter a situation where you need a third makeup quiz, you must email your instructor, copy your TA, and explain why you need another makeup quiz, which is then up to the instructor’s approval.


There will be three exams (dates below). Each exam is a mixture of True/False, matching, multiple-choice and free response questions. You have 50 minutes to complete each exam. These must be completed in-person during your assigned discussion section time. If you think you may have to miss an exam for any reason, email your instructor IMMEDIATELY; please do not wait until the day of the exam or later if at all possible!

You will be allowed to write and use a double-sided note sheet for each exam. Notes should be handwritten, and the page may not exceed a standard 8.5×11 sheet of paper.

Final Portfolio

The final portfolio assignment is in lieu of a final exam.  You will be asked to explain several different concepts in your own terms as well as solve a variety of problems.  You are invited to work on the portfolio with other students in the course, but all work submitted is expected to be your own individually.  The work you submit should reflect your individual understanding and include your own explanations and examples, even if the idea or solution was discussed in a group. The assignment will be given in the last few weeks of the semester and is due Monday of final exam week at 11:59 pm.  Most of the work should be typed but can include several images of handwritten work.  These images should be clear and easy to read.  More details will be provided later in the course. 

Late Work Policy

If you need to submit work late, please contact your instructor. We will generally expect students to meet the deadline listed above and take exams on time, but we understand that sometimes events out of your control happen.  Please reach out to us, and we will do our best to work with you in a way that is consistent, compassionate, and fair. Do not wait until the last week of the course to discuss grade issues!  The sooner we are aware of issues, the more able we will be able to help you. It is very unlikely you will be able to make-up an exam once it is returned, for example.

If you are sick, please make every effort possible to tell your instructor BEFORE an exam or due date. If this is not possible, make contact as soon as possible, even just to say you are sick and will get in touch as soon as you feel better.

In the event that you need to make up an exam or a third quiz, please send an email to your instructor and copy your TA. This decision will be made by your instructor.

Extra Credit: There will be a few opportunities to earn bonus points on individual assignments, for example, on exams.  All bonus point opportunities will be given to ALL students in the class.  Extra Credit is NOT given to individual students. Individual requests for extra credit or to make up work that is long past due will not be granted.


Practice Problem Points (PPP) WebAssign, Weekly Worksheets, Additional Practice Worksheets, etc,

out of 100 points

Weekly Discussion Quizzes  Thursdays during Discussion Section (in-person)   20%
Exam 1: (Thursday, September 28th) During Discussion Section (in-person)   10-20%*
Exam 2: (Thursday, October 26th) During Discussion Section (in-person)   10-20%*
Exam 3: (Thursday, November 30th) During Discussion Section (in-person)   10-20%*
Final Portfolio: (due December 11th, 11:59pm) submitted to Gradescope   10%

*Note on Exam Weighting: Your lowest exam score will count as 10% of your overall score.  The other two exams will count at 20%.  This will be done automatically for all students.

Honors Section

If you are in the Honors discussion section, then your quiz category score will be graded differently. More information will be provided by your TA in your discussion section.

Grade Letter Grade GPA
93-100 A 4.0
90-92.99 A- 3.7
87-89.99 B+ 3.3
83-86.99 B 3.0
80-82.99 B- 2.7
77-79.99 C+ 2.3
73-76.99 C 2.0
70-72.99 C- 1.7
67-69.99 D+ 1.3
63-66.99 D 1.0
60-62.99 D- 0.7
<60 F 0.0

Mask and Social Distancing Policy

To learn more about the current masking and social distancing policies at UConn see:

How to Study for This Course:

  1. Attend synchronous lecture and/or watch the pre-recorded videos on a set schedule.  Be actively engaged.
  2. Attend your TAs discussion sessions.
  3. Complete all worksheet problems.
  4. Read the explanations and examples in the textbook.
  5. Do the online homework in a timely manner. Don’t start it late and rush through it; you may not finish it, and you won’t learn much this way.
  6. Ask questions. Attend office hours. Reach out if you need help, early and as often as needed!
  7. Watch supplementary videos on the material to see and work with more examples. These can be found on the Learning Activities tab.
  8. Use technology as an interactive tool to learn and explore the properties of surfaces and vector fields. A few helpful links can be found on the Learning Activities tab.
  9. Do problems that you have not previously done and/or do problems without knowing what section they came from. For example, if you do a problem from Section 15.8, then you already know that it would be a good idea to use spherical coordinates. If you are instead given a triple integral to set up or evaluate without any knowledge of the section it came from, you have to decide if you should use Cartesian, cylindrical, or spherical coordinates, which is significantly better for your studying and mastery of the topics.

Calculator Policy:

Calculators are NOT allowed during exams.  You are welcome to use calculators while working on worksheets or WebAssign assignments. Using a calculator on a quiz or exam will result in a warning or a penalty, which could include a score of zero on that quiz or exam and being reported to Community Standards for academic misconduct.

Academic Integrity

“A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty. Academic work depends upon respect for and acknowledgement of the research and ideas of others. Misrepresenting someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offense in any academic setting and it will not be condoned.” A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and both shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies. See the Uconn Student Code, Appendix A.

All students shall act in accordance with the Student Code at the University of Connecticut, which states that: “Academic misconduct is dishonest or unethical academic behavior that includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting mastery in an academic area (e.g., cheating), failing to properly credit information, research, or ideas to their rightful originators or representing such information, research, or ideas as your own (e.g., plagiarism).” In particular, this means that any work you submit in this course should be your own.

It is expected that you will struggle with various aspects of this course, and you are encouraged to seek help from me, your peers, the Q Center, and other sources in understanding the concepts and computations. However, you are expected to turn in work that reflects your own understanding of the topics and ideas. Therefore, your work should not bear resemblance to that of any other student in the course or to any other sources used, and any ideas used for which any other party had a share in developing should be cited as such.

For example, it is a good idea to look at examples in the text, notes, or online for problems similar to the one you are stuck on, and looking for ways to adapt the ideas and methods to your current problem. In the interest of both your learning and academic honesty, I do not recommend searching for solutions to the specific problem you are stuck on. Be sure to follow the specific guideline on each assignment. If an assignment says you can’t search the web for those problems, then searching for those problems will be considered an academic integrity violation.

While you may look online for help, as clearly stated on the final portfolio assignment, you may not view solutions to specific  problems (or small variations to these problems) on paid sites like Chegg or Bartleby. You may still use Campuswire, Problem Sessions, Office Hours, and other free outside resources like Khan Academy and YouTube. This means that if you use these allowed resources, even just for a push in the right direction, you should mention that you used them and then still write the solution in our own words to reflect your own understanding.

On proctored assessments like discussion quizzes and exams, it is expected that all work submitted it your own and is done during in the proctored assignment. These answers should reflect your current understanding. In particular, you should be able to explain your reasoning on any problem, if asked. Memorizing solutions and then reproducing them without understanding is not an acceptable procedure.  Additionally, you may not access any unauthorized resources during proctored quizzes or exams. You may not relay exam information to other students in the class prior to them completing the quiz or exam.

Consequences of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, a zero on the assignment or exam and/or a grade of F in the course. If you are unsure that what you are doing to complete the work of this course is acceptable, contact the instructor for helpful tips and advice on how to protect your work and ensure that you are not violating the academic integrity policies of the instructor, the course, or the university.

Student Support Services

  • Dean of Students 486-3426 The office serves as an advocate for students and as a centralized resource for connectingstudents with appropriate university and community programs, offices and individuals. The office supports students in resolving educational, personal and other university concerns that affect the quality of their academic or community life and personal goals.
  • Center for Students with Disabilities486-2020 (voice),  486-2077 (TDD) The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at UConn provides accommodations andservices for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability for which you wish to request academic accommodations and have not contacted the CSD, please do so as soon as possible.

Additional Course and Course Support Information

Feedback and Grades

We will make every effort to provide feedback and grades within a week of your submissions. To keep track of your performance in the course, refer to My Grades in HuskyCT and WebAssign. Most grades will be kept in your lecture section HuskyCT page. 

Weekly Time Commitment

You should expect to dedicate 12 to 14 hours a week to this course. This expectation is based on the various course activities, assignments, and assessments and the University of Connecticut’s policy regarding credit hours. (More information related to hours per week per credit can be accessed at the Online Student website).

Student Authentication and Verification

The University of Connecticut is required to verify the identity of students who participate in online courses and to establish that students who register in an online course are the same students who participate in and complete the course activities and assessments and receive academic credit. Verification and authentication of student identity in this course will include:

  1. Secure access to the learning management system using your unique UConn NetID and password.
  2. Midterm Exams and Quizzes proctored in person during discussion section (with makeups proctored either in person or using Lockdown Browser with Monitor, at the discretion of the instructor). 

Husky Study Groups 

Are you interested in forming a study group with other students in the class?  There is a study group application in Nexus that can help you get started. Check out this video and go here ( for more information.

Resources for Students Experiencing Distress

The University of Connecticut is committed to supporting students in their mental health, their psychological and social well-being, and their connection to their academic experience and overall wellness. The university believes that academic, personal, and professional development can flourish only when each member of our community is assured equitable access to mental health services. The university aims to make access to mental health attainable while fostering a community reflecting equity and diversity and understands that good mental health may lead to personal and professional growth, greater self-awareness, increased social engagement, enhanced academic success, and campus and community involvement.  Students who feel they may benefit from speaking with a mental health professional can find support and resources through the Student Health and Wellness-Mental Health (SHaW-MH) office. Through SHaW-MH, students can make an appointment with a mental health professional and engage in confidential conversations or seek recommendations or referrals for any mental health or psychological concern.  Mental health services are included as part of the university’s student health insurance plan and also partially funded through university fees. If you do not have UConn’s student health insurance plan, most major insurance plans are also accepted. Students can visit the Student Health and Wellness-Mental Health located in Storrs on the main campus in the Arjona Building, 4th Floor, or contact the office at (860) 486-4705, or for services or questions.

Accommodations for Illness or Extended Absences 

Please stay home if you are feeling ill and please go home if you are in class and start to feel ill.   If illness prevents you from attending class, it is your responsibility to notify your instructor as soon as possible. You do not need to disclose the nature of your illness, however, you will need to work with your instructor to determine how you will complete coursework during your absence. If life circumstances are affecting your ability to focus on courses and your UConn experience, students can email the Dean of Students at to request support.  Regional campus students should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request support and faculty notification.  COVID-19 Specific Information: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and can include:

  • Fever, 
  • Cough,
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Additional information including what to do if you test positive or you are informed through contract tracing that you were in contact with someone who tested positive, and answers to other important questions can be found here:

Students with Disabilities and Special accommodations

The University of Connecticut is committed to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and assuring that the learning environment is accessible.  If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability or pregnancy, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. Students who require accommodations should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, Wilbur Cross Building Room 204, (860) 486-2020 or Student Athletes and Students with Disabilities should inform your instructor of your commitments as an athlete, any special needs that you have, etc. within the first three weeks of the semester. You will be expected to bring in a letter from the Athletics Department or the Center for Students with Disabilities. The University Senate passed a motion on about religious observances which stipulated that Students anticipating such a conflict should inform their instructor in writing within the first three weeks of the semester, and prior to the anticipated absence, and should take the initiative to work out with the instructor a schedule for making up missed work. For conflicts with final examinations, students should, as usual, contact the Dean of Students. Note: We know that this transition to online classes has the chance to increase the number of students who need accommodations and the form those accommodations will take. We will work with all students to the best of our ability to ensure their specific needs are met the best we can. Please contact your instructor to discuss any needs to you.

Student Responsibilities and Resources 

As a member of the University of Connecticut student community, you are held to certain standards and academic policies. In addition, there are numerous resources available to help you succeed in your academic work. Review these important standards, policies and resources, which include:

  • The Student Code
    • Academic Integrity
    • Resources on Avoiding Cheating and Plagiarism
  • Copyrighted Materials
  • Credit Hours and Workload
  • Netiquette and Communication
  • Adding or Dropping a Course
  • Academic Calendar
  • Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Inappropriate Romantic Relationships
  • Sexual Assault Reporting Policy

Software/Technical Requirements (with Accessibility and Privacy Information)

The software/technical requirements for this course include:

For information on managing your privacy at the University of Connecticut, visit the University’s Privacy page. NOTE: This course has NOT been designed for use with mobile devices.


Technical and Academic Help provides a guide to technical and academic assistance. This course uses the learning management platform, HuskyCT. If you have difficulty accessing HuskyCT, you have access to the in person/live person support options available during regular business hours through the Help Center.  You also have 24×7 Course Support including access to live chat, phone, and support documents.

Student Technology Training

Student technology training is now available in a new HuskyCT short course created by students for students. It will prepare you to use the IT systems and services that you will use throughout your time at UConn, whether learning online or on-campus.  It is available at .

Minimum Technical Skills

To be successful in this course, you will need the following technical skills:

  • Use electronic mail with attachments.
  • Save files in commonly used word processing program formats.
  • Scan handwritten work to PDFs.
  • Copy and paste text, graphics or hyperlinks.
  • Work within two or more browser windows simultaneously.
  • Open and access PDF files.

University students are expected to demonstrate competency in Computer Technology. Explore the Computer Technology Competencies page for more information..

Evaluation of Course Experience

Students will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on their course experience and instruction using the University’s standard procedures, which are administered by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE). The University of Connecticut is dedicated to supporting and enhancing teaching effectiveness and student learning using a variety of methods. The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) is just one tool used to help faculty enhance their teaching. The SET is used for both formative (self-improvement) and summative (evaluation) purposes. Additional informal formative surveys and other feedback instruments may be administered within the course.


The course coordinator:  Professor Anthony Rizzie (, or your instructor.