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Math 10A Calculus
Spring 2015 Course Syllabus

Updated 03/30/2015

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.

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:   There is a late penalty of 50%. (This is applied only on the problems submitted late, and not on the entire assignment.)

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 one final exam. See the course calendar for the specific dates.

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.

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

We may adjust the scale to be more lenient, based 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. It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity. (Click here for more information.)


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