Math 1a: Section 2: Multivariable Calculus
UC Berkeley, Fall 2011
Course policies: please read carefully!
Schedule of lectures, homework assignments,
- (12/18) Grades are submitted. You should be able to see them by
Monday night, 12/19. Final exams can be viewed next semester (I think
not in the first couple of weeks) in 970 Evans. Have a nice break!
- (12/7) DSP students needing extra time on the final: Please email
me so that I can arrange the details with you. Please also let me know if
you have any other exams or schedule constraints on 12/16.
- (12/7) I will have office hours on Thursday 12/8 from 1:00 to
3:00. I will also have office hours on Wednesday 12/14 from 2:00 to
- (11/21) Here is the score distribution and
curve for the second midterm.
- (11/8) DSP students will take the midterm in room 959 Evans.
- (11/8) I will have office hours on 11/10 from 12:30-3:00.
- (10/25) The definition of concave and convex functions on page 290 is also wrong for nondifferentiable functions. (It is fine for piecewise differentiable functions.) I gave a correct definition in class.
- (10/25) On page 272 of the book, near the top, it says "This
absolute maximum is not a local maximum because it occurs at an
endpoint." This is wrong (assuming we are regarding the domain of the
function as the closed interval). Sorry. "x is a local maximum of f"
means "f(x) >= f(y) for all y sufficiently close to x (and of course
in the domain of the function)". In particular an absolute maximum is
always a local maximum. At least, that's standard mathematical
terminology as I understand it. If on an exam there is ever a
situation like this where what the book says conflicts with standard
mathematical terminology, I will be sure to clarify.
- (10/25) My office hours will continue to start at 1:30 until further notice. Currently there is more than enough time in office hours to answer all questions, but if that changes I will reschedule.
- (10/12) Office hours on 10/13 will be delayed until around 1:30.
- (10/10) The score distribution and curve for the first midterm is
- (10/3) DSP students: for the midterm, please go to my office, 923
Evans, at 3:30 on 10/4. One of you (whom I talked to about this) will
take the exam in my office; the rest of you will take the exam in 947
- (9/30) My office hours next week will be on Tuesday 10/4 from
12:30-3:00m instead of Thursday, so that you can ask me last minute
questions before the midterm.
- (9/30) If you are in the DSP, I am still waiting to find out
where you will take the midterm. Meanwhile, if I don't already have
your email address, please email me so that I can contact you once I
have a room.
- (9/28) Alvin Kerber will hold a midterm review session on Sunday
October 2 from 1-4pm in 166 Barrows Hall. Students from all discussion
sections are welcome to drop in for all or part of this time.
- (9/13) The GSI's whose webpages are linked below have office
hours which you can attend if you are unable to attend your own GSI's
office hours. These webpages also have some useful practice materials
and calculus links whicn you should check out.
- (8/25) If you are a representative of an organization wishing to
make announcement in my class: Sorry, my policy is not to allow
advertisements of any kind, no matter how worthy the cause.
- (8/25) Please note that students must attend the discussion
section that they are registered for. If you want to change
discussion sections, you can switch yourself on TeleBears to any
other section with available space. Currently most sections are
full, but spaces should open up as other students switch sections or
drop the class early in the semester. I apologize for the
inconvenience. If you cannot find a section that fits your
schedule, or if you have other questions about enrollment, please
see Barbara Peavy in 967 Evans.
Instructor: Michael Hutchings. Tentative office hours
Thursdays 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, in room 923 Evans. Office hours may
occasionally be rescheduled, so you might want to check the
announcements above before going. If you have questions outside of
office hours, you can send me an email at
[my last name with the last letter deleted]@math.berkeley.edu.
Lectures: TuTh, 3:40-5:00, 2050 Valley LSB.
For the current
schedule of discussion sections see schedule.berkeley.edu.
The GSI's are:
Textbook: James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus, Early
Transcendentals for UC Berkeley. This is a custom edition, which
consists of selected chapters from Calculus:
early transcendentals, sixth edition. It is used for both Math 1a
and Math 1b. If you can find an inexpensive copy of the full book,
you can use that instead. Beware that the Stewart calculus line contains
many different products and editions. Different versions of the book
may present the material in a diferent order and will probably not
have the same exercises.