UC Davis Math 21B -- Calculus II
Fall 2009

Basic information

Instructor: Brian Osserman
Office: Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB) Room 3218
Office Hours: M 1:10-2:00 (Note: on Monday 11/9, OH will be 11:00-11:50), W 2:10-3:00
Email: (Please send administrative questions to the lead TA)

Lead TA: Matthew Stamps
Office Hours: F 1:10-2:00, MSB 2137
Email: mtstamps@math.ucdavis.edu (please contact with all administrative questions)

A01 (CRN 29361) A02 (CRN 29362) A03 (CRN 29363) A04 (CRN 29364) A05 (CRN 29365)
Lectures MWF 12:10-1:00pm in Giedt 1001 (all sections)
R 5:10-6:00pm
Chem 166
R 7:10-8:00pm
Wellman 1
R 6:10-7:00pm
Chem 166
R 4:10-5:00pm
Chem 166
R 8:10-9:00pm
Wellman 1
Lawrence Austria
Paul Prue
Matthew Stamps
Elena Zaurova
Matthew Reed
Office Hours
R 3:10-4:00
MSB 3131
F 3:10-4:00
MSB 2232
F 1:10-2:00
MSB 2137
T 1:10-2:00
MSB 3127
W 3:10-4:00
MSB 2232


9/5: Welcome to Math 21B! Please note that discussion sections will not meet on Thursday, September 24, the first day of class.

Suggested reading: Duane Kouba's Doing Well in Calculus.

9/14: Note that the grading policy has been modified to reflect the introduction of WeBWorK, an online system for homework which we will be using.

9/25: The web page has been updated with several important items, including office hour information and instructions for the WeBWorK online homework system.

10/4: Recommended (optional) exercises from the textbook have been added to the Set Info in WeBWorK.

10/9: Exam information has been updated with what the first exam will cover.

10/12: Office hours will be modified as follows this week due to the exam: Paul Prue will hold his office hour R 1:10-2:00, and Matthew Stamps will hold his F 10:00-10:50. The homework assignment this week will not contain material from Wednesday's lecture, and will be due at noon on Friday.

10/13: The first practice exam has now been posted. Solutions will be posted on Wednesday.

10/14: Solutions to the first practice exam have now been posted.

10/19: The letter grade ranges for the first exam are now posted. Your score are visible in SmartSite.

11/2: Information regarding the second exam and a review session has now been posted below. Since the exam is on a Monday, the homework schedule will not be affected by it. The rooms for the final exam are also posted.

11/6: Practice exam 2 has now been posted. The solutions will be posted by Sunday morning. Also, note that Osserman's office hour on Monday, 11/9 will be moved to 11:00.

11/8: The solutions to practice exam 2 are now posted.

11/11: The letter grade ranges for exam 2 will be the same as for exam 1. Your scores are visible in SmartSite.

11/30: The letter grade ranges for homework and quizzes have been posted below.

12/1: Room information for the final exam is updated.

12/4: The practice exam is posted. Solutions will be posted over the weekend.

12/6: Solutions to the practice exam have been posted. In addition, Osserman will have an extra office hour on Tuesday, 1:10-2:00.

12/11: The letter grade ranges for the final exam are now posted below, and the final exam scores are now visible on SmartSite.

Textbook and Syllabus:

The syllabus and textbook for the course are standardized for the entire 21 sequence. The textbook is Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 11th edition. Note that regardless of what the bookstore may say, this is the only required text. Solutions manuals may be helpful, but are optional. Because MyMathLab will not be a required part of the course, you do not need to buy the "media upgrade".

However, if you have already bought the media upgrade or student access kit, you can access the interactive problems and other course materials in the "study area" of MyMathLab by entering the course ID math2175251.

The course will roughly cover chapters 5-8 of the book. A more detailed syllabus may be found here.


Grades will be weighted as follows: 10% for homework (submitted via WeBWorK), 10% for weekly quizzes, 20% for each in-class exam, and 40% for the final exam.

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.

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 75%, median 79%, and standard deviation 18%.

The second exam scores are visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 78%, median 83%, and standard deviation 19%.

The final exam scores are now visible on SmartSite. The mean score was 69%, median 74%, and standard deviation 23%.

The letter grade ranges for the first two exams are as follows:
85%-100%: A range
70-85%: B range
50-70%: C range
35-50%: D range
0-35%: F

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):
80%-100%: A range
65-80%: B range
45-65%: C range
30-45%: D range
0-30%: F

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
0-55%: F

The letter grade ranges for the quizzes are as follows:
70%-100%: A range
55-70%: B range
35-55%: C range
20-35%: D range
0-20%: F

Homework and Quizzes:

Homework will be assigned after every lecture, to be completed on the free online homework system WeBWorK. With the exception of the first assignment, homework will be due every Friday. By popular demand, we have also listed additional optional recommended exercises from the textbook, which you are encouraged to do if you feel you need more practice. They will be listed in the WeBWorK set info for each problem set, starting with HW2.

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).

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, September 28, and is an extra credit assignment (up to 1% bonus for your total course grade) on 21A 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.


There will be two in-class exams and a final exam. These will be closed-book exams, with no calculators or notes allowed. You will write your answers directly on the exam, so do not need to bring blue books. However, please bring your ID card to the exams.

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 antiderivatives, integrals, and applications to area and volume: more precisely, all of chapter 5 of the book, as well as sections 4.8 and 6.1. It will be graded prior to the drop deadline, which is October 21.

Practice Exam 1
Solutions to Practice Exam 1 (note that although sketches are not included in the solutions, we strongly recommend you sketch regions as part of showing your work for area and volume problems)

The second exam will be given on Monday, November 9. and will cover all applications of integrals from volumes of solids of revolution via cylindrical shells on, as well as exponential growth laws and basic integral formulas: this material is sections 6.2-6.7, 7.2, and 8.1.

There will be a special review session for the second exam on Sunday, November 8, from 5:10-6:00 PM in 194 Chem.
Practice Exam 2
Solutions to Practice Exam 2

The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 3:30-5:30pm, and will be split between 179 Chem and 194 Chem. The class will be split alphabetically: if your last name starts with A-Fl, go to 179 Chem; if it starts with Fo-Z, go to 194 Chem. 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


Calculators are optional for this class, and are not allowed on any exams.

Students with disabilities:

Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) 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 sdc@ucdavis.edu.

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.

LSC: The LSC has math drop-in hours at which you can receive tutoring for Math 21B.

Math Cafe: The Math Cafe is an informal math group which meets every Tuesday evening. 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.


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.

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