Course: Math 20A (Course Catalog)
Title: Calculus for Science and Engineering I
Credit Hours: 4 (Two credits if taken after Math 10A and no credit if taken after Math 10B or 10C.)
Prerequisites: 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, derivative, tangent line. Applications with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Introduction to the integral.
Textbook: The required textbook for the course is Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (3rd Edition), by Rogawski and Adams; published by W.H. Freeman and Company; 2015. (We will cover parts of Chapters 1-5 of the text.)
Material Covered: We will cover parts of Chapters 1-5 of the text. A list of the topics scheduled to be covered can be found on the Course Calendar.
Course Readings: Reading the sections in the textbook that correspond to what we are discussing in class is a very important part of learning the subject. Lecture time is very limited and not every subject can be fully covered in the time allotted for lecture. Consequently, it is in your own interests to read the related chapters in the textbook.
Homework: Homework is a very important part of the course and in order to fully master the topics it is essential that you work carefully on every assignment and try your best to complete every problem. We will have two different kinds of homework assignments in this class: online homework (which will be graded) and "paper-and-pen" homework (which will not be graded).
Electronic Computing Devices: Graphing calculators and computer programs (or online computing websites such as Wolfram|Alpha) can be very helpful when working through your homework. However, a calculator/computer should be used as an aid in the learning concepts, not just as a means of computation. You should use these devices when working on math problems at home, but always keep in mind that you will not be allowed access to any electronic computing devices during exams. Of course, this also means that you will not be asked to solve problems on exams that require the aid of an electronic computing device.
Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. Check the Course Calendar for the exact dates of the midterm and final exams. You may use one 8.5 x 11 inch page of handwritten notes. (Both sides are okay, but no photocopies are allowed.) You may not use any other notes or any electronic devices. Please bring your student ID to the exams.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams will not be given. If you miss a midterm exam for any reason, then your course grade will be computed using Method 2. (See below.)
Grading: There are two methods to determine your course grade:
Regrades: All graded material will be returned in the discussion sections. If you wish to have your homework or exam regraded, you must return it immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the homework 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.
Grade Recording Errors: Keep all of your returned exams. If there is any mistake in the recording of your scores, you will need the original exam in order for us to make a change.
Late Homework: Because solutions will be provided for the homework assignments after the due date, no homework will be accepted late.
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.)
Suggestions: Below are some suggestions that I hope will help you to succeed in this course: