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Math 10B Calculus
Winter 2020 Course Syllabus

Updated 3/10/20

Course:  Math 10B (Course Catalog)

Title:  Calculus I

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

Prerequisite:  AP Calculus AB score of 3, 4, or 5 (or equivalent AB subscore on BC exam),   or   MATH 10A,   or   MATH 20A.

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

Textbook:  The required textbook for the course is Calculus: Concepts and Contexts (4th Edition), by Stewart; published by Cengage Learning. We will cover parts of Chapters 4-8 in the text. A list of the topics scheduled to be covered can be found on the Course Calendar.

Course Readings:  Reading the sections in the textbook that correspond to what we are discussing in class is a very important part of learning the subject. Lecture time is very limited and not every subject can be fully covered in the time allotted for lecture. Consequently, it is in your own interest to read the related chapters in the textbook. You should briefly read the section of the book (in order to gain an overview of the subject) prior to the lecture in which that section is discussed.

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).

Read the course Homework page for more information on how your homework score will be computed.

Late Homework:  It is possible to submit online homework after the deadline, but there are multiple restrictions. See the course Homework page for details.

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:

Note: If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

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 Canvas 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- F
97 - 100 93 - 96 90 - 92 87 - 89 83 - 86 80 - 82 74 - 79 66 - 73 60 - 65 0 - 59

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 no D grades will be assigned.

Your cumulative average will be the best of the following three methods of computing the weighted average. Note: The final examination will be administered as scheduled, according to current official campus policy. If you miss the final examination, your grade will be computed using Method 3.

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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