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Math 20A
Calculus for Science and Engineering
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

Course:  Math 20A

Title:  Calculus for Science and Engineering

Credit Hours:  4  (2 credits if taken after Math 10A; no credit if taken after Math 10B or Math 10C)

Prerequisite:  Math Placement Exam qualifying score, or AP Calculus AB score of 2 or 3, or SAT II Math 2C score of 650 or higher, or Math 4C with a grade of C- or better, or Math 10A with a grade of C- or better

Catalog Description:  Foundations of differential and integral calculus of one variable.  Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivatives, tangent lines.   Applications with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.   Introduction to the integral.

Textbook: Calculus: Early Transcendentals (2nd Edition), by Jon Rogawski; published by W.H. Freeeman and Company; 2012

Subject Material:  We shall cover parts of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the text.

Reading:  Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.  It will be expected that you read the assigned material in advance of each lecture.

Calculus Tutoring Lab:  A tutoring lab for Calculus students will generally be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm in APM B402;   please see the Calculus Tutoring page and follow the link in the Tutoring Lab section for a complete listing of dates and times when the tutoring lab is open.  There will usually be at least 2 tutors and/or TAs available to help with homework, calculators, and coursework.   We strongly recommend that you make use of the Calculus Tutoring Lab.

Calculators:  A graphing calculator is recommended: a TI-83 or TI-84 (or similar model) suffices for this course, but you may wish to consider acquiring a more powerful calculator (such as a TI-89) if you think you might use it in your other courses.  The calculator should be used as an aid in learning concepts, not just as a means of computation.  Help with using TI graphing calculators will be available in the Calculus Lab.  Note:  The use of calculators will not be permitted during exams or quizzes.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned on the course homework page and should be completed by the discussion section on the indicated due date.  Homework will not be collected; your homework will be evaluated by your performance on periodic quizzes.  You should make every effort to complete the homework assignments and seek help with problems you have not been able to solve.  You can get help with the homework assignments in the Calculus Tutoring Lab.  A Student Solutions Manual (available in the Bookstore) has complete solutions for odd-numbered problems in the text.

Quizzes:  There will be four (4) quizzes given during the last half of lecture on certain Fridays; please see the course calendar for the specific dates. Your cumulative quiz grade will be based on the best   3   of the   4  quizzes.  There will be no makeup quizzes.  No notes (or books) or calculators will be allowed during the quizzes.

Midterm Exams:  There will be two midterm exams given from 8:00pm - 8:50pm on two Tuesday evenings;   see the course calendar for the specific dates.    There will be no makeup exams.    You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam.   No calculators will be allowed during the midterm exams.

Final Examination:  The final examination will be held at the following time.

Note:  You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of notes with you to the final examination. No calculators will be allowed during the final examination.

Regrades:  Quizzes and midterm exams will be returned in the discussion sections. If you wish to have your quiz or exam regraded, you must return it immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the quiz or exam leaves the room. If you do not retrieve your quiz or exam during discussion section, you must arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by your cumulative average at the end of the term and will be based on the following scale:

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70 60

We may adjust the scale to be more lenient, but we guarantee that the grade corresponding to a given percentage will not be lower than specified by the above scale. Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages. In addition,  you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course. Note: Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss an exam for any reason then your course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 60% of your weighted average.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD.  Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university.  It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity. (Click here for more information.)

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