UC Davis Math 21A -- Calculus I
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|Lectures||MWF 10:00-10:50am in Kleiber 3 (all sections)|
11/25: I have posted a note on finding absolute extrema when a function is continuous on a non-closed interval.
11/7: I have posted a review sheet for Exam 2 to help you study.
11/5: Lecture and office hour on Monday, November 11 are cancelled due to Veterans Day. However, I will hold special office hours 2-4 PM on Tuesday, November 12.
10/11: I have posted a note on limit laws for infinite limits, covering rules not discussed in the book.
10/4: I have posted a note explaining the formal definition of limit, and how to use it.
9/19: Welcome to Math 21A!
Suggested reading: Duane Kouba's Doing Well in Calculus.
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 63.5%, median 65%, and standard deviation 16%.
The second exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 80.5%, median 83%, and standard deviation 14%.
The final exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 71%, median 75%, and standard deviation 13.5%.
The letter grade ranges for the first exam are as follows:
82%-100%: A range
67-82%: B range
50-67%: 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
50-60%: 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
57-73%: C range
45-57%: D range
0-45%: F Your lowest quiz score will be dropped when calculating your grade.
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 18, 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 23.
The second exam will be given on Wednesday, November 13, and will cover sections 3.2-3.9 of the book.
The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 3:30-5:30pm. and will be held in Peter Rock Hall. It will cover material for the entire course (i.e., all of Chapters 2 and 3 and all but 4.8 of Chapter 4), but with an emphasis on material from the last third of the course.
Mathematics Placement Requirement:
requirement for Math 21A is set by the department.
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. The two
testing windows for Fall 2013 are 9/10-9/19 and 9/26-10/1.
Office hours: Both the instructor and lead TA hold office hours, and these are a great way to get help with anything from understanding concepts to working problems.
Calculus Room: The Calculus Room, located in MSB 1118, is open M-F, 1-7PM, staffed with TAs to help Math 21 students.
SASC: The SASC has math drop-in hours at which you can receive tutoring for Math 21A.
Each other: You are very much encouraged to study together. This is an easy way to make your study habits more effective. A chat room and forums are enabled on SmartSite to facilitate this.