Math 3A draft syllabus (I'll write the official syllabus in September)

Calculus with Applications

Fall 2017


The basics

James Stewart Calculus: early transcendentals, Eighth Edition (Hard bound ISBN: 978-1-285-74155-0). If you have the wrong edition, it's probably fine.
We'll cover Chapters 1–4, omitting a few sections. This includes: limits and continuity, derivatives and rules for computing them, optimization, mean value theorem, curve sketching.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-9:50 in IV Theater.
Stephen Bigelow
Office hours: watch this space (Due to the large class size, not all email can be answered.)
Watch this space.


Your TA will give you a 4 digit "TARDIS" code some time before the first midterm. The code identifies your TA, your Regular Discussion section and, within that, you as an Individual Student. You must print this number the top right corner of all quizzes and exams. This will help us identify and sort them. If you forget, you might not receive the grade.

The course

Your grade is based on the following five scores.
  • i>Clicker: ??%
  • Homework and Quizzes: ??%
  • First exam: ??%
  • Second exam: ??%
  • Final exam: ??%
These are curved and combined to give a percentage, which is converted to a letter.
You should buy an i>Clicker and bring it to lectures.
Please read ahead in the textbook before coming to lecture. I might test you with an i>Clicker questions.
Required homework is done using WebWork, available through GauchoSpace .
By departmental policy, attendance at your regular discussion section is mandatory. If you have to miss a section, please contact your TA beforehand.
You might be able to switch discussion sections. Do not drop and re-register. You only need permission from both TAs involved, and a new TARDIS. Officially you will be in the original section, but you will attend and be graded in the new one.
There will be two exams during the term, and one final exam. Dates: watch this space.
What to bring: a bluebook, a pen. Maybe a notecard and a calculator — watch this space.
You must write your TARDIS number on each bluebook.
If you miss a midterm or quiz for a legitimate reason, it may be possible to get an average for missed work based on the work you did. There will be no make-up exams.


Rachel Zaragoza is in charge of issues related to enrollment. You can visit her in the math office on the sixth floor of South Hall. If you are on the waiting list, you should do everything as if you were enrolled, and hope for the best. I do not have add codes and I am no help on enrollment issues.
Here are some ways to get help.
  • The office hours of the TA and Professor.
  • Math Lab.
  • CLAS, the Campus Learning Assistance Service.
If you cannot complete the course for a serious reason, you must complete a form and give it to the registrar before 4pm the day before the final.