Winter 2012

Professor Monica Vazirani

Links to:
  -- Homework -- TAs -- Office Hours  -- Syllabus -- Exams -- Announcements -- Webwork --  Handouts -- Extra help

Monica Vazirani,   3224 MSB,   e-mail:   phone: 530 554-2596 (skype-in)

However, please direct ALL administrative emails to the Lead TA
If you email me or the TAs, you MUST put M21B in the Subject. If you do not, I will delete it as spam, unread.

Teaching assistants:


Sorkin, Adam (Lead TA) MSB 3123
(See Smartsite Calendar for up-to-date info for all TAs)
Gazit, Oren
A01 5-6
MSB 2232
Gazit, Oren
A04 6-7
MSB 2232
Richard, Benoit
A02 5-6
MSB 3129
Yan, Hao
A03 7-8
MSB 1226
Mossessian, George
A05 8-9
MSB 3217
Mossessian, George
A06 3-4
MSB 3217

Class meetings: Lectures: MWF 0210-0300P     HARING 2205

Discussions :  Tuesdays. See above. 

Office Hours:   Monica Vazirani   MSB 3224   Mondays 5-6 (tentatively; check SmartSite for updates)

Final: Our final exam is   Friday, March 23 at 10:30am   in   123 Sci Lec       (note the room change!)
People taking two finals scheduled at that same time need to have let me know by Feb 9. Please give me your name and SID and the conflicting course and instructor for that course. (Your other  exam will most likely then be at ?.)

Syllabus: see the link at smartsite

Textbook: Thomas' Calculus Early Transcendental , by Weir, Hass, Giordano. 12th ed. Addison-Wesley.
ALERT: In Fall 2010, the Department will begin using the 12th Edition of Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals (ISBN #9780321588760).

(MyMathLab comes with an online text version of the textbook, so you might choose to buy just MyMathLab ISBN:032119991 (no hard copy of the book).   But to access it, you need a course name/ID of some professor actively using it.
With it, you can practice extra HW problems and it has a few video lectures and hints.  However, you are NOT required to buy mymathlab or any "package".  You can even buy an old edition of the book, being forewarned that you will need to get a library or friend's copy of the book for occassional written assignments.)

Supplement : (optional) Student Solutions Guide,  Answers to almost all odd numbered exercises.

Course Outline: We will cover most of chapters 5-8, and some parts of 11.

Calculators: Calculators are not necessary for this course and will not be allowed on tests. Neither will cell phones nor iPods. If you want a clock/watch during exams, bring one, but you will NOT be allowed your cell phone. (Use of cell phone or calculator during exam is grounds for a 0.)

Tests: Calculators will not be allowed on the tests (nor cell phones).  Bring your student ID cards to all exams.

  • First Midterm: Weds, Feb 8  (note the drop deadline is Jan ??); Covers  tentatively (covering 4.8, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4; Hw1-Hw6)
  • Second Midterm: Weds Mar 7 (covering 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6, 8.7)  
  • Final: Mar 23. Cumulative, but emphasizing integration methods, and material since the second midterm.   Friday, March 23 at 10:30am   in 123 SCIENCE-LECTURE HALL   Note the room CHANGE! People taking two finals scheduled at that same time need to let me know by Feb 9.
  • As always, you are responsible for the Academic Code of Conduct on exams.

    Quizzes: There will be regular quizzes in section. Roughly 3-5 this quarter.  They will usually consist of one or two problems VERY similar to assigned homework problems, where you must show all your work.
    1st quiz: Jan 24, in section
    2nd quiz: Feb 28, in section
    3rd quiz: Mar ?, CANCELED

    Homework: Homework is assigned to give you practice with the material covered in the lectures.   Most homework will be assigned on Webwork.   You are REQUIRED to use a computer to do this homework.   Occassional  homework may consist of written assignments, in addition to WebWork. (For instance, we plan a written HW on "algebra" (e.g. what is 1/a + 1/b), and on delta-epsilon proofs.)   Your HW grade will be a combination of these two.     In the world of budget constraints and public universities, we cannot collect, hand grade, and return problems  each week.

    The assigned homework problems are the minimum necessary to understand the material in the course. Do the problems carefully.   You will have to do your work on paper, but then input the answer online.  
    The computer only tells you if your final answer is right or wrong.  
          I will assign homework more often than once per week! Working on exercises should be something you do every few days, not racing through the night before the due date.

    I strongly recommend that you do homework every day, not just before it is due.  
    Homework assignments are available on-line, and will be posted on the Homework page and/or at WeBWorK. Homework solutions are here when we feel you need to see all steps of a worked problem.

    Once grades are entered on MyUCDavis, please check your score is recorded correctly.  If it is incorrect, you have until three weeks after its due date alert us to the error. 

    Late adds: If  you add 21B late (by the add deadline), you are still responsibe for all homework.  So if you are thinking of adding, do all HW.  If you transferred in from another section, you will need to import your grades over.  That is your responsibility to make sure it happens correctly.  

    Webwork:  See this link for information on how to set up WebWork.  READ the directions !!! 
    Your account will be set up for you by the math dept, but you need to learn how to access it and use it.

    Webwork will work on any computer that (a) runs a browser.  This means that you can work with Webwork  from your home desktop or a laptop. In addition, the following campus labs have computers.

    Go to to see the lab schedules. 


  • Midterms: 50% total
  • Final: 35%
  • Homework 10%   (One lowest HW  grade will be dropped);
  •  Quizzes: 5%
  • Other resources: Calculus information of all types at

    Useful links.  Suggestions about study habits.
    Student Academic Success Center (formerly the Learning skills center) They run workshops to review areas such as trigonometry and algebra. Free tutoring. Also have lots of other resources.

    Counseling center, 219 North Hall, 752-0871

    Prerequisite: Passing grade in 21A or the required scores on Calculus AP (AB and BC) exams. Only 2 units of credit to students who have completed course 16B, 16C, 17B, or 17C. GE credit: SciEng.