MAT 21 A, Fall 2015


Instructor: Eugene Gorsky, egorskiy AT
Office hours: MWF 12-1pm at Math 2113
If you have a question and cannot come at office hours, write me an email to schedule an appointment.

Teaching Assistants:
Carter Johnson (F01), caljohnson AT, OH: Tu 2-3 pm in Math 1118.
Henry Kvinge (F02), hkvinge AT, OH: Tu 2-3pm in Math 1118.

Calculus Room schedule: RM 1118, Mathematical Sciences Building
M-R 1-7pm, F 1-6pm
More details here .

Student Academic Success Center Drop-In Tutoring:
16 South Hall, MTWR 9 am-5 pm, F 9 am - 12 pm
More details here .

General course information


The textbook for the course is Thomas' Calculus (13th edition).
We will use the electronic version of the textbook bundled with MyMathLab (see below).

Math Placement Requirement

All students enrolled in this course must fulfill the Math Placement Requirement . Your total score for the Math Placement Exam should be 35 points or more , with Trigonometry sub-score 3 or more . You will be administratively dropped from this course if you have not met the Mathematics Placement Requirement.

Final exam

The final exam will be on Monday, December 7, 1-3 pm. It will cover sections 1-4 of the textbook.

Practice problems: problems , solutions .

Weighed average computation:
1. Add all your paper homework grades and the absolute MyMathLab grades (actual scores, not percents).
2. Your weighed average is

0.4*(Final grade)/100+0.2*(1st midterm)/40+0.2*(2nd midterm)/60+0.2*(homework grade)/700.

Course grade table:
Letter grade F C C+ B- B B+ A- A A+
Weighted average 0-50 50-60 60-70 70-75 75-85 85-90 90-95 95-105 105-110

Midterm 2

The second midterm will be in class on Friday, November 13. It will cover sections 3, 4.1, 4.3 and 4.6 of the textbook (derivatives, tangents, first derivative test, finding minimal/maximal values). There will be at least one applied "word" problem.

Practice problems: problems , answers .

Midterm 1

The first midterm will be in class on Friday, October 16. It will cover sections 1 and 2 of the textbook (transformations of graphs, limits, continuity).

Practice problems: problems

Final grade and exams

There will be two midterms on Friday, October 16 and Friday, November 13.
The Final will be on Monday, December 7, 1-3 pm.
The final grade is based on your grades for the homework, midterms and the final:

Homework Midterm I Midterm II Final Exam
20% 20% 20% 40%


The homework consists of two parts: paper homework and MyMathLab. Paper homework should be handed in before the start of Friday lecture. 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. ease put your name on every page and staple the pages together. 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.

MyMathLab homework is done online and is graded automatically. The course ID is gorskiy36407 . The instructions for the course registration can be found here.

Week Sections Written
Sep 25 1.1-1.6
Sep 28, 30, Oct 1 2.1, 2.2, 2.4
Oct 5, 7, 9 2.5-2.6
Oct 12, 14, 16 Review, midterm on Oct 16
Oct 19, 21, 23 3.1-3.3 Drop deadline on Oct 21
Oct 26, 28, 30 3.4-3.6
Nov 2, 4, 6 3.7-3.9
Nov 9, 13 Review, midterm on Nov 13 No class on Nov 11
(Veterans Day)
Nov 16, 18, 20 3.10-4.1
Nov 23, 25 4.2-4.4 No class on Nov 27
Nov 30, Dec 2, 4 4.5-4.7

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