Math 1A - Calculus

Fall 2008

Instructor: Prof. Ian Agol
Office: 921 Evans, 642-4377
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-3 pm, Thursday, 1-3 pm or by appointment (call or e-mail me to set one up)

there will be no office hours 11/26

ianagol@math berkeley edu

Update (12/5): Professor Agol's office hours will be cancelled Wednesday 12/10 and Thursday 12/11.
He will have extra office hours 2:30-4:30 pm, 921 Evans hall, Tuesday 12/9, Monday 12/15, Tuesday 12/16.

Update (9/3): There is now no head TA. Address your questions about section changes to Barbara Peavy.
The Student Learning Center is a resource available to help you with Math 1A.

Update (9/29): Midterm 1 solutions

Class Announcements (10/30):

My office hours next week will be
Tuesday 11/4 2-4 pm (note the change from the class announcement),
Wednesday 11/5 1-3 pm,  921 Evans Hall.

I will also be available to answer questions from 10-12 on Wednesday at the Student Learning Center

There is an SLC review in 70 Evans hall, 4-6 pm on Sunday 11/2.

For Midterm 2 on Thursday in class, please remember to bring a blue book. The midterm will cover sections 2.3-4.3.

- write each problem on a new page.
- no calculators allowed
- justify your answers, by explaining which theorems from
the sections you are using. You will not receive full credit for an unexplained answer. If you compute a derivative, you should write which rule of differentiation you are using.
- you may bring a "cheat sheet", which is one page, both sides allowed. You may use a printer to make it, but no photocopying allowed.
- when you are done with the exam, tuck your cheat sheet and exam in the front of your blue book. Write your name and Student ID number on both the exam and the blue book.

Midterm 2 Solutions

Faulhaber's formula for the sum of sequential powers

No section and quiz on Wednesday 11/26 (the day before thanksgiving)

Sections and GSI names and office hours

Main Lecture: TTh 8:10-9:30 AM, 155 Dwinelle Hall

Course Webpage:

Course Description: An introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, with applications. This course is intended for majors in engineering and the physical sciences.
See also Math 1A homepage

Prerequisites: 3.5 years of high school math, including trigonometry and analytic geometry, plus a satisfactory grade in one of the following: CEEB MAT test, an AP test, the UC/CSU math diagnostic test, or Math 32. There is an on-line exam you can take to help you decide if you are ready for this course.

Stewart, Single Variable Essential Calculus, Early Transcendentals, UC Berkeley edition.
available at the ASUC Bookstore, at Ned's, and through the ASUC Bookswap.
note: the index for our book is missing. You may download it here.
A supplement to the book is available: Tools for Enriching Calculus

Homework: assigned each week but not collected or graded. You are strongly encouraged to keep up with the homework in order to be prepared for quizzes and exams. Click here for the homework assigned so far.

weekly quizzes:
15% (12 quizzes given, lowest two scores dropped)
midterm 1:
midterm 2:
final exam:
The lower of the midterm scores (or a missed midterm) will be replaced by the score on the final exam if it is higher. Beware: the material becomes more difficult as we proceed through the course, so it is in your best interest to do well on each midterm. Missed quizzes and exams count as zero, even if you join the course late or have a legitimate reason for missing the test. No make-up exams!

You are guaranteed at least an A, B or C if your scores are over 90%, 80% or 70%, respectively, although these grade boundaries may be lowered if the exam scores warrant it.

Grade corrections: The grades for exams or quizzes will be changed only if there is a clear error on the part of the grader, such as adding up marks incorrectly. I will not increase grades just because someone needs a higher grade to graduate or get into some program.

Incomplete grades: Incomplete "I" grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload in other courses are not acceptable reasons.

Exam Dates:
Midterm 1:
Tuesday, 9/23/08
Midterm 2:
Thursday, 11/6/08
Final Exam:
Wednesday, 12/17/08 12:30-3:30pm, 155 Dwinelle
Calculators will not be allowed on exams.

Useful links:
how to ace calculus
website for the book
greek alphabet
Calculus and Trigonometry Java applets
Calculus applets
Calculus in 20 minutes
        More Java applets


Type of Question Person to Ask When and How
Enrollment and Section Placement   go to Telebears
or ask Barbara Peavy
Quiz Scores GSI Office Hours
Exam Scores GSI or Professor Office Hours
Math Questions GSI or Professor Discussion Section, Office Hours
Emergencies only Professor Office Hours,
e-mail, Phone
missed class, administrative announcements your classmates
(and course webpage)
up to you