Math 2A
Fall 2017
ALA

Announcements

  • The final Webwork assignment is due by 11pm on Friday, December 8.
  • Our final exam will be held 1:30-3:30pm on Saturday, December 9 in SSH 100.
  • You must bring your UCI ID to the final exam. If your photo on your UCI ID is faded, you must also bring another form of photo ID, such as your driver's license.

    Quick links

    Lecture schedule
    Quiz schedule
    Webwork schedule

    Webwork login (requires VPN if off campus)

    Suggested practice problems

    UCI Calculus Resources (including practice exams and video lectures)

    Solutions to Version A of Midterm 1
    Solutions to Version A of Midterm 2

    Solutions to the suggested problems, the practice midterms (the sample ones on the above page as well as the ones distributed in class), and the sample finals can all be found in a dropbox for our course on EEE.

    Plan

    This first course in calculus will explore limits and differentation, including some applications of derivatives. See the lecture schedule for more details. A confident grasp of precalculus mathematics, especially algebra, will be crucial to succeed in the course. Please talk to your instructor or TA if you find you need help brushing up; some helpful review material can be found near the bottom of the UCI Calculus Resources page.

    Textbook

    We will be using the 8th or UCI custom edition of James Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals as our textbook.

    Enrollment and Grade Options

    Please refer to this registration and placement page from the math department for information on adding, dropping, or changing your grade option for this class. Be sure to observe the relevant deadlines, as listed on the UCI academic calendar.

    Course personnel

    Instructor

    David Wiygul (first syllable rhymes with "eye")
    dwiygul@uci.edu
    Rowland Hall 510W
    Office hours:
    MWF 1-1:50 in RH 510W,
    W 3-4 in RH 510W,
    MF 3-4 in DBH 1427 (our classroom),
    and by appointment

    TA

    Alberto Takase
    atakase@uci.edu
    Rowland Hall 440T
    Regular office hours: F 10-11 and 3:30-4
    Office hours requiring an appointment: MWF 2-4
    Tutoring Center Hours: MW 10-11

    Grading

    Your final letter grade will be determined by the following components, weighted as indicated.

    Homework10%
    Quizzes10%
    Midterm 120%
    Midterm 220%
    Final40%

    Students will be assigned a letter grade based on the following scale: 97-100 A+, 93-96 A, 90-92 A-, 87-89 B+, and so on, without curving and without rounding scores (although individual exams and quizzes may be curved at the time they are graded).

    Exams

    There will be two 50-minute midterm exams, both given in class, the first on Friday, October 27 and the second on Wednesday, November 15. A missed exam will result in a score of zero, except in case of a verifiable emergency. Make-up midterms will not be offered under any circumstances. The first midterm will test material from Chapters 1 and 2, and the second midterm will material from Chapters 1-3.

    The (cumulative) final exam will be held Saturday, December 9, 1:30-3:30pm, in SSH 100. Please refer to for the math department's policy on requesting a make-up final; such requests must be received by Friday, November 17 in order to receive consideration.

    Note that during exams you will not be permitted any notes, nor the use of a calculator, cell phone, computer, abacus, slide rule, table of integrals, or similar aids. Seating may be assigned through a seating chart, and you will be required to present photo ID.

    Quizzes

    There will be eleven quizzes given throughout the quarter, always in discussion. As on the exams you will not be allowed a calculator or any notes. You should use the quizzes, which directly count for 10% of your grade, as a gauge of your preparedness for the exams. There will be no make-up quizzes, but your lowest score will be dropped.

    Homework

    You will receive and complete your assignments online using a system called Webwork, but for off-campus access you will need to be running VPN software. Assignments will be posted each Thursday, starting October 12, and typically due the following Friday by 11pm, according to this Webwork schedule. The homework counts for only a tenth of your grade, but it is one of the most important elements of the class. Typically the best way to prepare for the exams will be to do problems. In fact it is highly recommended that you also complete these optional, ungraded problems.

    Resources and advice

    As just emphasized, there is really no substitute for practice. Sample midterm and final exams along with other resources, including video lectures, can be found on the UCI Math 2A/2B page. Of course your instructor and TA are further resources. Don't be afraid to ask us questions in class or during office hours; we want to help you. Other people want to help you too: there's drop-in tutoring provided by the mathematics department as well as LARC tutoring.

    Academic honesty

    Breaches of academic honesty will not be tolerated and may lead to severe consequences. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with UCI's Academic Integrity Policy, which you can read about in detail in the UCI General Catalogue.