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Math 10A Fall 2017 Course Syllabus

Course:  Math 10A

Title:  Calculus

Credit Hours:  4

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.  (No credit given if taken after or concurrent with Math 20A).

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

Textbook: X Wileyplus Calculus, seventh edition, by Deborah Hughes-Hallett, et. al.; published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2017

Subject Material:  We shall cover parts of Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the text.

Reading Assignments:  Reading and doing the examples in the sections of the textbook corresponding to our discussions in lecture will help you learn and understand the course material better.  If you work through the relevant examples in the book before you start your homework problems, you will probably solve the homework problems more easily and perform better on your exams than if you do not do the reading.  Your reading assignments are on the course calendar; for example, 1.8 is written on October 2, so your assignment is to read Section 1.8 before our class meeting that day.

TritonEd and WileyPlus:  We will use TritonEd for two purposes in this class: to disseminate grades, and as a portal to WileyPlus, the online homework system associated to the textbook, through which you will submit your homework.  Here are the steps to access your online course materials for the first time:

  1. Sign into TritonEd and enter your Math 10A course
  2. Click "WileyPlus Links" at the top of the main menu column on the left
  3. Click on the top link, "WileyPlus Read, Study, and Practice".  The first time you click this link, you will have three choices: enter an access code (that you have already purchased) OR purchase an access code OR use the free fourteen day grace period.

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.  In this class, we will have online homework which will be assigned through Wileyplus and will be accessible via TritonEd, as indicated above. Note:

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 or quizzes.  Of course, this also means that you will not be asked to solve problems on exams or quizzes that require the aid of an electronic computing device.

Homework Help:  You can get help with the homework assignments in the Calculus Tutoring Lab.

Homework Help (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:  If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

Midterm Exams:  There will be two midterm examinations during the quarter. Please note:

Final Exam:  The final exam will be held from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm on Monday, December 11.  Please note:

Grades: Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages:

After your weighted average is calculated, letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale:

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

We may adjust the above scale to be more lenient (depending on the overall class performance), but we guarantee that we will not adjust the scale to make it harder to get a better grade.  Please note:

Suggestions:  Below are some suggestions that we hope will help you to succeed in this 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 integrity. (Click here for more information.)

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