Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

**Course:** Math 3C is the preparatory course for Math 10A (Calculus). The goal of the course is to develop the mathematical knowledge and skills, as well as the analytical and problem-solving skills,
necessary for the study of calculus. Unlike some courses, attendance is required for all lectures, 4th
hours, and discussion sections. The 4th hour is used as an
additional lecture, since the course syllabus cannot reasonably be covered
using only the scheduled lecture hours. *Discussion sections are used for quizzes.*

**Textbook:** *Algebra & Trigonometry* (1st Editon), by Sheldon Axler;
published by Wiley 2011

**Calculators:** Graphing calculators are recommended (but not required) for use in class and for homework. 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 Tutoring Lab.
**Note: The use of calculators will not be permitted during the midterms or the final exam.**

**Homework:** Tentative homework assignments and their due dates have been posted on the course homework page. Any changes to the assignments will be announced in class and in the announcements section on the main page of the course web site. * Late assignments will not be accepted*; however, the lowest homework score will be dropped. Selected problems on the assignment will be graded. While your work will be graded for correctness, keep in mind that presentation and organization directly affect your grader. To assist your grader, you should keep all problems in the same order as the assignment list and ordered vertically on your page. If a problem is omitted, it should still appear in the correct order. All work must be on full-sized notebook paper and all pages must be stapled together.

**Quizzes:** There will be seven discussion quizzes. Discussion quizzes are group work quizzes, where groups of 3 to 4 students work on a set of assigned problems and turn in one written set of solutions as a group during section. ** There will be no makeup discussion quizzes**, however, the lowest discussion quiz grade will be dropped. The TA and student interns will be available to facilitate these assignments and assist the groups during the discussion. See the course calendar for the dates of the discussion quizzes.

**Midterm Exams:** There will be two midterm exams during the quarter. ** Note that the midterms are scheduled during the fourth hour lectures;** see the
course calendar for the dates.

**Final Exam:** The final examination will be held at the following date and time.

**7:00pm - 10:00pm Monday, December 5**(See the course calendar.)

**Grading:** Your course grade will be determined by your cumulative average at the end of
the term; your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages.

- 15% Homework, 10% Quizzes, 20% Midterm Exam I, 20% Midterm Exam II, 35% Final Exam
- 15% Homework, 10% Quizzes, 20% Best Midterm, 55% Final Exam

**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. (Click here for more information.)

Department of Mathematics | Math 3C |