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Math 10B Winter 2018 Course Syllabus

Course:  Math 10B

Title:  Calculus

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

Prerequisite:  Math 10A or equivalent

Catalog Description:  Integral calculus of functions of one variable, with applications.  Antiderivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, methods of integration, areas and volumes, separable differential equations.

Textbook: Calculus: Concepts and Contexts (Enhanced with Webassign), Fourth Edition, by James Stewart; published by Brooks/Cole, 2010

Subject Material:  We shall cover parts of Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 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, 4.8 is written on January 10, so your assignment is to read Section 4.8 before our class meeting that day.

TritonEd and Webassign:  We will use TritonEd for two purposes in this class: to disseminate grades, and as a portal to Webassign, 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 10B course
  2. Click the "Webassign" link at the top of the main menu column on the left

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 Webassign 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.   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 Help:  You can get help with the homework assignments in discussion section, office hours, and free walk-in tutoring center in the Teaching and Learning Commons.

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, especially those about syntax (how to type your answers to the online homework) 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am on Saturday, March 17.  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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