Welcome to the Mathematics Department at UCSB

Calculus for Social and Life Science

Math 34A - Winter 2008

Update: You can download the review sheet for the Final Exam HERE.

Instructor: Paolo Cascini

Teaching Assistants: Ellie Grano, Thomas Howard, Robert Sulway.

Lectures: MWF 1:00 - 1:50pm - BRDA 1610
Please check GOLD for the time and location of your discussion section. Note that attendance at a discussion section is mandatory.

Textbook: Calculus and Mathematical Reasoning for Social and Life Sciences, Daryl Cooper.

Course Description:
We will cover chapters 1-8 of the textbook. This includes a review of algebra, graphing, word problems, units, linearity, exponentials and logarithms, and derivatives.
The Class Schedule will be continuosly updated during the quarter.

Office Hours: MW 2:00 - 3:15pm and by appointment.

Please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions, before joining the Waiting List.

Grading: Homework & Quizzes 20%, Midterm 30%, Final Exam 50%.

Books, notes, calculators, scratch paper or collaboration will NOT be permitted on any of the exams or quizzes.

Midterms: There will be one midterm exam in class on Friday, Feb. 8 (Subject to Change).

Quizzes: There will be three quizzes given during discussion section. Only the two highest scores will be counted for the final grade. There will be NO make-up date for any of the quizzes.

Homeworks: There will be a problem set each week, assigned in WebWork. I will send everyone the login and password to access the server by Thursday Jan. 10. Please check your e-mail on that date. The first problem set (Practice Set) is designed to acquaint you with using WeBWorK. Your score on this set will not be counted toward your final grade. Please contact your Teaching Assistant for any question or concern regarding the use of WebWork. NO late homeworks will be accepted, but you are allowed to skip one homework set. The use of a calculator is allowed during the preparation of the homeworks.

Final Exam: The final exam will be held on Thursday, March 20, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. The exam will cover all the material of the entire course. An incomplete may be assigned only for documented medical reasons.

Class Schedule

    Date         Reading     Topics
M 1/07   Introduction
W 1/09 Ch. 1 Review of Algebra
F 1/11 Ch. 1 Review of Algebra
M 1/14 Ch. 2 Graphs
W 1/16 Ch. 2 Graphs
F 1/18 Ch. 3 Word Problems
M 1/21   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday  
W 1/23 Ch. 4 Units
F 1/25 Ch. 6 Lines
M 1/28 Ch. 7 Logarithms and Exponentials
W 1/30 Ch. 7 Logarithms and Exponentials
F 2/1 Ch. 7 Logarithms and Exponentials
M 2/04   Review
W 2/06   Review
F 2/08   Midterm Exam
M 2/11 Ch. 5 Limits
W 2/13 Ch. 5 Limits
F 2/15 Ch. 5 Limits
M 2/18   Presidents' Day Holiday
W 2/20 Ch. 8 Rate of Change
F 2/22 Ch. 8 Rate of Change
M 2/25 Ch. 8 Derivatives
W 2/27 Ch. 8 Derivatives
F 2/29 Ch. 8 Derivatives
M 3/03 Ch. 8 Derivatives
W 3/05 Ch. 8 Derivatives
F 3/07 Ch. 8 Maxima and Minima
M 3/10 Ch. 8 Maxima and Minima
W 3/12   Review
F 3/14   Review

Department of Mathematics, South Hall. Room 6607 University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93016, phone (805) 893-2171, fax (805) 893-2385, 
email www.ucsb.edu, office hours m-f 8-12, 1-4