Calculus : Mathematics 2A / 2B Resources

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This website provides information and resources for the UCI Calculus courses, Math 2A and Math 2B. Please consult your instructor's syllabus and course webpage for more complete details about your particular section.

Course Textbook

The textbook for Math 2A and 2B is:

MATH 2A/2B: Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 8th edition or UCI Custom Edition, 8th edition.

Students have the option of purchasing the text in a variety of formats from the UCI Bookstore. You can purchase the book as (1) a custom paperback book just containing the Single Variable Calculus part of the book, (2) a hardback book containing the full Single and Multivariable Calculus text, or (3) an e-copy of the book accessible online or as a one-time download. If you will be taking Math 2D and 2E later, you should purchase option (2) or (3). All three options come with an access code for a complete online textbook, including interactive applets, plus an online student solution manual.

*If you would like to purchase your Calculus book somewhere other than the bookstore, please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure you purchase the correct text. Do not expect your instructor to assist you with trying to match up a different textbook.

Course Syllabus

Below are suggested sample syllabi for the Math 2A and 2B courses. These are suggested pacings only and it is expected that individual course sections may deviate somewhat from this schedule. 

Note: The online Webwork homework assignments are based on these suggested syllabi.

Math 2A Syllabus (Fall - Spring)        Math 2A Syllabus (Summer) 
Math 2B Syllabus (Fall - Spring)        Math 2B Syllabus (Summer)

Common Final Exam

The Math 2A and 2B courses have a common final exam, meaning all students in the course take the same final exam at the same time, regardless of individual course section. The common final for Summer Session 2, 2017 will take place on Wednesday, September 13th, 5pm-7pm. For details about the common final, as well as the make-up final exam policy and make-up exam request form, please visit the Common Final Exam web page.

Suggested Homework

Below is a set of suggested homework problems for Math 2A and 2B. This is meant to be a minimal set of problems for students to solve in order to help master the Calculus material. Your individual instructor may assign different problems.  

Math 2A Homework (8th Edition)
Math 2B Homework (8th Edition)

Webwork Information

Webwork is an online homework system used to supplement the textbook homework and quizzes in the Math 2A and 2B courses. During the academic year, Webwork assignments will be given weekly starting the second week of classes (and the first week of classes in the summer). Students will have one week to complete each assignment and can retry problems as many times as necessary until they are correct.

Webwork Login Page (from on campus)

To access Webwork from off campus, students must use VPN Client Software (not the WebVPN). To download this software and for instructions on how to connect, see http://www.oit.uci.edu/vpn/

Sample Midterms and Final Exams

Below are sample midterms and final exams that may be useful practice in preparation for course exams. These give examples of questions which could be asked on the actual exams, but the actual exams given in your class could be shorter or longer than these samples.  These are in no way meant to be a comprehensive review of course material and should NOT be used as the sole study mechanism. Individual instructors may slightly vary the content cutoff for the midterms, so be sure to attend class and review the relevant midterm material for your particular course.  

New in Spring 2017:  We may also add some sample multiple choice questions.  For most questions on your exams, you will have to justify your answers, but there may also be some questions where no justification is required.  These sample questions are to help you know what to expect.

(Fall - Spring)

2A Midterm 1 2B Midterm 1
2A Midterm 2 2B Midterm 2
2A Final Exam 1 2B Final Exam 1
2A Final Exam 2 2B Final Exam 2
2A Multiple Choice 2B Multiple Choice

(Summer)

2A Midterm 2B Midterm
2A Final Exam 1 2B Final Exam 1
2A Final Exam 2 2B Final Exam 2

Final Exam Review Guide

Below are short review guides to help direct your studying for the common final exam in Math 2A and Math 2B. These guides are NOT comprehensive reviews of all the material covered on the final exam. The guide is simply a list of the sections covered and a list of some of the formulas which students may be expected to know to complete questions on the exam (e.g., trig identities, geometry formulas, etc.). There will be no calculators, notes or other references allowed on the final exam.

2A Final Exam Review Guide
2B Final Exam Review Guide

Review Materials: (Algebra and Trigonometry)

Students tend to struggle with Calculus material if they have not adequately mastered Algebra and Trigonometry skills. Below are links to some review materials that may help you prepare for success in your Calculus course.

UCI Pre-Calculus Review Videos
Algebra Cheat Sheet
Trigonometry Cheat Sheet

Online Algebra and Trigonometry Tutorial
Study Tips for Math Courses

Supplemental Course Materials

Below are links to a few external resources that you may find a useful supplement to your Calculus textbook and class lectures.

Math 2A: Calculus Lecture Capture on UCI OCW
Math 2B: Calculus Lecture Capture on UCI OCW
Calculus Lecture Videos from University of Houston
Calculus Visualization Applets

Mathematics Department Links

Mathematics Department Homepage
Add/Drop Policy
Mathematics Placement Test
Course Homepages
Mathematics Department Tutoring