UC Davis Math 21A -- Calculus I
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|Lectures||MWF 11:00-11:50am in Haring 2205 (all sections)|
11/6: A practice exam and solutions have been posted below.
11/2: Here is a review sheet for the second exam.
10/13: A practice exam and solutions have been posted below.
10/2: Here is a note explaining the precise definition of a limit, and how to use it.
9/19: Welcome to Math 21A! Please note that discussion sections will not meet on Thursday, September 24, the official first day of class.
Suggested reading: Duane Kouba's Doing Well in Calculus.
Important: if you do not want to use the electronic textbook, you must opt out of it through the UCD bookstore's webpage within the first 10 days of the course. Otherwise, you will be automatically billed for it.
If you have chosen the digital textbook, you will be able to access the MyMathLab system. This is an interactive version of the exercises in the book, which you may find more helpful than simply doing the exercises on your own. Again, this is completely optional, and will not count towards your grade, but if you wish to use it, you should enter the course ID "osserman35627".
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 61.5%, median 63%, and standard deviation 16%.
The second exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 77%, median 81%, and standard deviation 17%.
The letter grade ranges for the first exam are as follows:
80%-100%: A range
63-80%: B range
46-63%: C range
30-46%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the second exam are as follows:
87%-100%: A range
75-87%: B range
55-75%: C range
45-55%: D range
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 16 and will cover chapter 2 of the book, corresponding to the material from lecture through Monday, October 12. It will be graded prior to the drop deadline, which is October 21.
The second exam will be given on Monday, November 9, and will cover sections 3.1-3.9 of the book, corresponding to homeworks 4-6.
The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 6:00-8:00pm, and will be held in our usual lecture room. 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-R, 1-7PM, F 1-6PM. It is 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.