UC Davis Math 21A -- Calculus I
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|Lectures||MWF 12:10-1:00pm in Haring 2205 (all sections)|
11/26: As promised, here is a more detailed explanation of how to find absolute extrema when the domain is not a closed interval.
11/11: The practice exam is now posted. There is no class or office hours on Monday, since it is a holiday. Katrina Glaeser will move her usual office hour to T 2-3, and Colin Hagemeyer will move his to T 3-4.
11/9: Review session information for Exam 2 is posted below. A practice exam will be posted on Sunday. In addition, here is a review sheet to help you study for the exam.
10/22: For Exam 1, scores are now visible on SmartSite, and letter grade ranges are posted below.
10/16: The Student Disability Center asks that students interested in serving as paid notetakers for this course please contact Russ Zochowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notetakers are paid a stipend of $25 per unit, but must have a social security number in order to be paid. Students are asked to put notetaker, the course title, number, and instructor's name in the subject lines of their emails. Their information will be passed along to the SDC student in need of notes, and if they are interested they will contact each student accordingly.
10/7: I have posted a note explaining the formal definition of limit.
9/19: Welcome to Math 21A! Please note that discussion sections will not meet on Thursday, September 27, the first day of class.
Suggested reading: Duane Kouba's Doing Well in Calculus.
9/25: See the new section on the Mathematics Placement Requirement.
The course will roughly cover chapters 2-4 of the book. A more detailed syllabus may be found here.
Cheating will be taken extremely seriously. The minimum punishment will be an F on the exam or assignment in question, and all cases will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.
Exam grading will be on a soft curve, meaning that I do not predetermine either what scores correspond to what grades, or what percentage of students get what grades. Rather, after grading each exam I will assign grade ranges using the following general criterion: those who earn an A should demonstrate a strong mastery of nearly all the material; a B should correspond to a good working knowledge of a strong majority of the material; and C should correspond to an ability to solve routine problems in a majority of the topics covered. Under this system, if you all do well, you will all get good grades.
The first exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 67%, median 69.5%, and standard deviation 15%.
The second exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 81.5%, median 85%, and standard deviation 15%.
The final exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 72.8%, median 74.25%, and standard deviation 13%.
The letter grade ranges for the first exam are as follows:
85%-100%: A range
70-85%: B range
50-70%: C range
35-50%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the second exam are as follows:
88%-100%: A range
76-88%: B range
60-76%: C range
45-60%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the final exam are as follows (note that the below is in percents, while the exam was scored out of 200):
86%-100%: A range
73-86%: B range
55-73%: C range
40-55%: D range
Your lowest homework score and your lowest quiz score will both be dropped when calculating your grade.
The letter grade ranges for the homework are as follows:
90%-100%: A range
80-90%: B range
65-80%: C range
55-65%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the quizzes are as follows:
75%-100%: A range
60-75%: B range
40-60%: C range
25-40%: D range
There will also be short weekly quizzes in your Thursday discussion section, covering the material from the homework due the following day (you will have a chance to ask questions on the material prior to the quiz). These quizzes will be very short and will be graded with no partial credit, so be sure to check your answers.
To get started with WeBWorK, go to the WeBWorK web page, log in with your UC Davis MailID (note that this is not necessarily the same as your login name), and use your student ID number as your initial password. After you log in, you should change your password using the "Password/Email" link on the left. You can then view homework assignments by going to "Homework Sets", also on the left.
Important: You are responsible for checking the assignments on the WeBWorK page after each lecture. The first assignment is due Monday, October 1, and is an extra credit assignment (up to 1% bonus for your total course grade) on precalculus material which is designed to familiarize you with the system and help us debug it if necessary.
Also important: You have limited attempts on problems, and typos will be counted as failed attempts, so be sure to use the "Preview" button before each time you submit an answer. You can "Email instructor" if you run into problems with the interface.
Makeup exams will not be offered. If you have an unavoidable conflict with an exam date, or an emergency of some sort, you must let us know as early as possible in order to make appropriate arrangements.
The first exam will be given on Friday, October 19, and will cover limits and the derivative at a point: more precisely, all of chapter 2 of the book, as well as section 3.1. It will be graded prior to the drop deadline, which is October 24.
The second exam will be given on Wednesday, November 14, and will cover sections 3.2-3.10 of the book. There will be a special review session for the second exam on Tuesday, November 13, from 1:10-2:00 PM in 198 Young.
The final exam is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 8:00-10:00am,
and will be held in Peter Rock Hall.
It will cover material for the entire course, but with an
emphasis on material from the last third of the course.
Practice Exam 3 (Note: this is a one-hour practice exam, only covering the material since the second exam)
Solutions to Practice Exam 3
for further details.
has math drop-in hours at which you can receive tutoring for Math 21A.
Math Cafe: The
Cafe is an informal math group which meets every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm.
Although the focus is on female students, everyone is welcome to attend.
Each other: You are very much encouraged to study together. This
is an easy way to make your study habits more effective. There is a chat
feature enabled on SmartSite to facilitate this.
Mathematics Placement Requirement:
The placement requirement for Math 21A is set by the department, and
is enforced automatically by the computer system. Accordingly, you will
be administratively dropped from this course if you have not met the
Mathematics Placement Requirement, which for this course is to obtain
a total score of 35 or more together with a Trigonometry sub-score of
3 or more on the placement exam. If you have not met this requirement,
there is nothing I can do to prevent you from being dropped. However,
the second placement exam window is 9/27-10/2, so you still have a
chance to meet the requirement.
Tutoring and other resources:
You are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of faculty and TA office
hours. In addition to these, there are various other resources available,
listed below. However, you should also be sure to get plenty of practice
solving problems on your own, since this is what you will have to do on
If you have any feedback on the course, regarding lecture, discussion
section, WeBWorK, or any other topic, you can provide it anonymously
with the below form.
See here for further details.
SASC: The SASC has math drop-in hours at which you can receive tutoring for Math 21A.
Math Cafe: The Math Cafe is an informal math group which meets every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm. Although the focus is on female students, everyone is welcome to attend.
Each other: You are very much encouraged to study together. This is an easy way to make your study habits more effective. There is a chat feature enabled on SmartSite to facilitate this.