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Math 20B
Calculus for Science and Engineering
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus

Updated 10/25/16

Course:  Math 20B

Title:  Calculus for Science and Engineering

Credit Hours:  4  (2 credits if taken after Math 10B or Math 10C)

Prerequisite:  Math 20A or equivalent  or   Score of 4 or better on AB calculus AP test

Catalog Description:  Integral calculus of one variable and its applications, with exponential, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and trigonometric functions.  Methods of integration.  Polar coordinates in the plane.

Textbook: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, third edition, by Jon Rogawski and Colin Adams; published by W. H. Freeman and Company; 2015

Subject Material:  We shall cover parts of chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the text, as well as the Math 20B Course Supplement.

Lecture:  Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook.  You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture.

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 AP&M B402A;   please see the Calculus Tutoring page and follow the link in the Calculus Tutoring 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.

Electronic Computing Devices:  Graphing calculators and computer programs (or online computing websites such as WolframAlpha) 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.

Homework:  Graded homework will be assigned using WebAssign and will be accessible via TritonEd.  Additional textbook homework exercises are posted on the course textbook homework page with the same due date as the WebAssign homework.  The textbook homework exercises will not be collected and will not be graded; however, if you seek help from the instructor or TAs, they will often do these problems.

You can get help with the textbook homework in the Calculus Tutoring Lab.  A Student Solutions Manual (available in the Bookstore) has complete solutions for odd-numbered problems in the text.

Midterm Exams:  There will be two midterm exams given during the quarter.   The midterm exams will be given during the regular lecture hour (9:00am - 9:50am).   The dates of the exams are recorded in the course calendar.   You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam.   No calculators (or other devices) will be allowed during the midterm exams.  There will be no makeup exams.

Final Examination:  The final examination will be held at the date and time stated in the course calendar and schedule of classes.

Regrade Policy:  Your exams will be graded using Gradescope.  You will be able to request a regrade directly from your TA 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 and WebAssign homework scores on TritonEd are correct.  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
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. 

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.

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