MAT 17B, Fall 2020


Instructor: Eugene Gorsky, egorskiy AT
Office hours: MW 3-4, F 2-3 on Zoom
If you have a question and cannot attend office hours, write me an email.

Teaching Assistants: Casey Duckwall, csduckwall AT (A02,A05)
Yuze Luan, yuzluan AT (A01, A03)
Jianping Pan, jppan AT (A04)
Chang Shu, changshu AT (Lead TA)

Calculus Room: details and schedule

Online instruction

All instruction for this course will be done online until further notice. We will use Zoom as a main tool for lectures. You can either download and install the Zoom app, or joint using web browser.
Resources: Getting Started on Zoom, System Requirements (including list of supported browsers).

All lectures will be done live on Zoom at scheduled class time (MWF 4:10-5:00), Zoom room will open at 4:00.
You should be able to access Zoom directly from Canvas
Meeting code: 945 8545 8998

Lectures will be automatically recorded and uploaded to Canvas, along with the lecture notes.

Please remember that my lectures and course materials are protected by U.S. copyright law and by University policy. I am the exclusive owner of the copyright in those materials I create. You may take notes and make copies of course materials for your own use. You may also share those materials with another student who is enrolled in or auditing this course. You may not reproduce, distribute or display (post/upload) lecture notes or recordings or course materials in any other way - whether or not a fee is charged - without my express prior written consent. You also may not allow others to do so. If you do so, you may be subject to student conduct proceedings under the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct.


This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion.
Find our class page at: MAT 17B Piazza

You are welcome to communicate with each other and discuss class-related topics here. Please refrain from discussing other classes or personal topics.

Piazza is not a replacement for office hours: TAs and I may monitor Piazza from time to time, but not regularly. If you have a question to the instructors, please attend office hours on Zoom or write an email.

Code of Academic Conduct

The Code of Academic Conduct exists to support high standards of behavior and to ensure fair evaluation of student learning. Students who violate the Code of Academic Conduct are subject to disciplinary sanctions that include censure, probation, suspension, deferred separation or dismissal from the University of California. The code can be found at this link , or here . Cheating will be taken extremely seriously, and will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.

In particular, it is OK to discuss homework problems with others, but you have to write the solutions in your own words . You cannot copy solutions from other students, books or the Internet.

For the midterms and the final, you are not allowed to discuss problems with anyone else or search the Internet. It follows exactly the same rules as the in class exam. If we observe that your solutions match someone else's or some Internet resource, your exam grade will be annuled.

Important: every student in MAT 17B should read Code of Academic Conduct . You should write the following text on a piece of paper:

"I have read and understood UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct"

Date and sign it with your name and student ID and upload to Gradescope.


The textbook for the course is "Biocalculus: Calculus, Probability, and Statistics for the Life Sciences", 1st edition, by Stewart/Day

The textbook is a part of Equitable Access program .

Final exam

The first midterm will be on Thursday, December 17. It will cover all topics from the course.

Practice problems .

Midterm 2

The first midterm will be on Friday, November 20. It will cover areas, volumes and differential equations.

Practice problems .

Midterm 1

The first midterm will be on Friday, October 23. It will cover sections 5.1-5.5 of the book: integrals as areas, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, $u$-substitution and integration by parts. Integral sums will not be on the exam. Do not forget to sign the Code of Academic Conduct before the exam and upload to Gradescope. If you do not submit it, your midterm will not be graded.

Instructions for Midterm 1 , practice problems .

Final grade and exams

There will be two midterms on Friday October 23 and Friday November 20 .
The Final exam will be on Thursday, December 17.
The instructions for completing exams online will be available later. The final grade is based on your grades for the homework, midterms and the final.

Homework Midterm I Midterm II Final Exam
60% 10% 10% 20%

Academic Participation Requirements

The campus requires students to verify that they have begun each course for which they are registered via the Academic Participation program. This program also encourages students to acknowledge their responsibilities regarding academic integrity and the Code of Academic Conduct, reinforcing our campus culture of honesty.

MyUCDavis will notify students online and through email on the first day of instruction to complete their Academic Participation verification no later than the quarter add deadline. Failing to verify academic participation by this deadline may result in a reduction of the financial aid award.

Please see more details by this link .


The homework will have two parts: written homework and WebAssign We will use Gradescope for written homework assignments. You should be able to access Gradescope directly from Canvas. More information on Gradescope for students: link

Webassign class key: ucdavis 5225 2043
Webassign instructions: Quick Start Student Guide, WebAssign Registration and Login for Inclusive Access Courses .

The homework will be assigned every week on Wednesday, and it will be due the following Wednesday before the start of the class. It must be legible, and written in connected sentences that explains what you are doing. Just the answer (whether correct or not) is not enough. Please put your name on every page and upload to Gradescope. Homework should be handed in on time, late homework will not be graded.

Though it is fine to discuss the HW problems with others, you must always write up the solutions in your own words. Copying will be penalized. Of course, in the exams you must work on your own: no calculators, textbooks etc will be allowed.

Week Sections Written
Sep 30, Oct 2 5.1, 5.2 HW 1 , solutions
Oct 5, 7, 9 5.3-5.5 HW 2 , solutions
Oct 12, 14, 16 5.6-5.7 HW 3 , solutions
Oct 19, 21, 23 5.8, review Midterm on Oct 23
Oct 26, 28, 30 6.1-6.3 Drop deadline on Oct 27
HW 4 , solutions
Nov 2, 4, 6 6.4, 7.1, 7.2 HW 5 , solutions
Nov 9, 13 7.3, 7.4 No class on Nov 11 (Veterans Day)
HW 6 , solutions
Nov 16, 18, 20 7.5, review Midterm on Nov 20
Nov 23, 25 8.1, 8.2 No class on Nov 27
(Thanksgiving Day)
HW 7 , solutions
Nov 30, Dec 2, 4 8.3-8.5 HW 8 , solutions
Dec 7, 9, 11 8.6-8.8, review

Disability Services

Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Student Disability Center (SDC). Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the SDC. If you have any questions, please contact the SDC at (530)752-3184 or