Instructor: Prof. Jesús A. De Loera.
email: deloera@math.ucdavis.edu or CANVAS
Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50 PM (over ZOOM until further notice), all recorded and posted to Aggie Video.
Office hours: MWF 3:00pm-4:00pm (over ZOOM).
or by prior appointment.
Teaching Assistants (zoom links for sections will be in canvas)
Prawin Sankar (pbramesh@ucdavis.edu),
Andrew Ballin (asballin@ucdavis.edu),
Benjamin Godkin (bmgodkin@ucdavis.edu),
Evuilynn Nguyen (evtnguyen@ucdavis.edu)
Lead TA (in charge of CANVAS,ZOOM,GRADESCOPE,etc issues only) Cameron Bjorkland (bjork@math.ucdavis.edu)
Text:
BioCalculus: Calculus,Probability, and Statistics for the Life Sciences latest Edition
by Stewart/Day (Cengage).
Description: This course is an introduction to integral calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and analytic geometry with applications. We will study fundamental theorem of calculus, integration, elementary first order differential equations, and matrices.
I intend to cover the topics in the order and timing stated in the official department syllabus (of course, minor variations may occur).
Pre-requisites: MAT 17A or equivalent. Ask if you have any questions.
All grades and communication will be through CANVAS.
Grading policy and Rules:
IMPORTANT: Calculators, books or notes are NEVER allowed in the exams. You have been warned.
IMPORTANT: Attendance is NOT required, but you are responsible to know everything I say in class
IMPORTANT: Due to the pandemic I will record all lectures (quality not controled!). Quizzes can be taken online
QUIZZES are the MIDTERMS of this class!
IMPORTANT: There are no make-up quizzes, no late homework is ever accepted. That is why I will drop the lowest scores from the calculation of the grade.
There is no extra credit work or makeup tests to raise your grade either. Please do not ask.
You learn by doing lots of hard problems and intense mental effort.
Therefore, I give students plenty of opportunity to practice and
you are expected to work intensively outside the classroom solving
exercises, reading the book, thinking about the theorems, etc. I
estimate a minimum of 3 hours work
at home per lecture. Learning
happens by doing!
To receive a high score you need to solve many exercises. In addition to the homework, and to motivate you to try more problems, about a 1/2 of the problems in the quizzes will come from exercises in the book or from exercises I mentioned in lecture. Homework exercises are possible choices too. Doing a lot of problems increase your chances of a good grade.
The most important thing is what YOU learn through your doing.
Mathematics is fun and very pretty, try
to get the material in your soul! Make sure to think about the
material everyday.
Do not fall behind and if you do, seek help early
(from me, your TA, the Learning Skills center, etc). Careful, it is easy to fall behind! Learning Math is like climbing a mountain, I am here to guide you and try to help you carry yourself to the top, but it is your effort that will get you there!