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Math 10A Calculus
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus

Updated 10/17/16

Course:  Math 10A (Course Catalog)

Title:  Calculus

Credit Hours:  4  (No credit given if taken after Math 20A.)

Prerequisite:  Math Placement Exam qualifying score, or AP Calculus AB score of 2, or SAT II Math 2C score of 600 or higher, or Math 3C with a grade of C or better, or Math 4C with a grade of C- or better

Catalog Description:  Differential calculus of functions of one variable, with applications. Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivatives, tangent lines, optimization problems.

Textbook: Calculus, sixth edition, by Deborah Hughes-Hallett, et. al.; published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013

Subject Material:  We shall cover parts of chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 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.

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).

You can get help with the homework assignments in the Calculus Tutoring Lab. A Student Solutions Manual (available online as part of WileyPlus) has complete solutions for odd-numbered problems in the text.

Late Homework:   Online homework may be submitted late; however, there is a late penalty of 50%. (This is applied only on the problems submitted late, and not on the entire assignment.)

Piazza  Piazza is an online discussion forum that allows you to ask questions using mathematical symbols and expressions. Piazza was designed to enable you to get help quickly and efficiently from classmates, TAs, and instructors. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, you are encouraged to post your questions on Piazza. Find our class page at:

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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 not hesitate 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 one final exam. See the course calendar for the specific dates.

Regrade Policy:  Your exams will be graded using Gradescope.  You will be able to request a regrade via Gradescope for a specified window of time.  Be sure to make your request within the specified window of time; no regrade requests will be accepted after the deadline.

Administrative Deadline:  It is your responsibility to check that your exam scores on TritonEd are the same as your exam scores published on Gradescope and contact your TA before the end of the 10th week of the quarter to resolve recording errors.

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-
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

There will be no curve, but we may adjust the scale to be more lenient (depending on the performance of the class). Please note that there are no D grades in the Math 10 sequence.

Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two methods of computing the weighted average.

Other Notes

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. Academic integrity is highly valued here at UCSD. (Visit for more information.)

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