UC Davis Math 21M — Accelerated Calculus
||A01 (CRN 48508)||A02 (CRN 48509)|
|Lectures||MWF 10:00-10:50AM in Olson 118 (both sections)|
Suggested reading: Duane Kouba's Doing Well in Calculus.
My hope is that this course will be a better fit than 21A or 21B for students who have had calculus previously in high school. I am aiming to have grades come out roughly comparable to what they would have been if you had taken 21A and 21B instead. In order to assist with this, and also in order to make sure that students are adequately prepared, I will be giving a "preliminary exam" in the second week of class which will be very heavily weighted in the total grade; see below for detailed information.
Finally, be sure not to fail this class! It will not be offered again until next fall at the earliest, so if you fail you will have to take 21B instead next quarter, and will not have the opportunity to replace the failing grade in your GPA calculation.
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 use the generic course ID given on the Inclusive Access web page. You should in any case be careful to do all the suggested exercises I post on Canvas.
The course will focus on material from chapters 2-8 of the book.
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 letter grade ranges for the preliminary exam are as follows:
85%-100%: A range
70-85%: B range
55-70%: C range
40-55%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the first in-class exam are as follows:
77%-100%: A range
60-77%: B range
45-60%: C range
30-45%: D range
The letter grade ranges for the second in-class exam are as follows:
82%-100%: A range
67-82%: B range
50-67%: C range
35-50%: 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 preliminary exam will be given in discussion on Thursday, October 5. It will focus on calculating derivatives (basic rules like product and chain rules, and all standard functions except hyperbolic trig functions; see the table at the back of the book for a list) and integrals (all techniques, including substitution, integration by parts and partial fractions), and areas between curves. It will also have a very limited number of problems drawn from other basic material such as limit calculations (not including L'Hopital's rule) and finding minima and maxima of functions.
The first in-class exam will be given on Friday, October 20. It will cover Chapter 2 and Sections 3.1-3.3 of the book, corresponding to HWs 1-3. It will be graded prior to the drop deadline, which is Tuesday, October 24.
The second in-class exam will be given on Monday, November 13. It will cover Sections 3.4-3.11 and Chapter 4 of the book, corresponding to HWs 4-7.
The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 3:30-5:30PM, and will be held in our usual lecture room. It will cover material for the entire course (excluding the Chapter 11 material covered in discussion), but with an emphasis on material from the last third of the course.
Mathematics Placement Requirement:
requirement for Math 21M 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 40 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.
Office hours: I have scheduled my office hours to maximize the chances you will be able to make it to one of them, so please come! They 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 21M.
Each other: You are very much encouraged to study together. This is an easy way to make your study habits more effective.