Math 1A - Calculus

Section 1 CCN 53603

Fall 2011

Instructor: Prof. Ian Agol
Office: 921 Evans, 642-4377
Office Hours: 1:10-2pm Monday, 2:10-3pm Wednesday, 1:10-2pm Thursday,  or by appointment (call or e-mail me to set one up)  
Note: Prof. Agol's office hours will be canceled during reading week.
During finals week, office hours will be 2-4pm Wednesday 12/14, and 2-4 pm Thursday 12/15.

ianagol@math berkeley edu

Sections and GSI names and office hours

Main Lecture: MWF 9:10-10:00 AM, 105 Stanley Hall

The final will take place in the RSF (Recreational Sports Facility) Field House, 7-10 pm, Thursday, December 15.

Directions to RSF Field House: The RSF Field House is located on the west end of the Recreational Sports Facility (on Bancroft Way). Please arrive promptly, and enter through the exterior double doors that lead directly into the Field House from outside. During the exam (restroom access etc.): to minimize disruption, exit/enter through the RSF Atrium doors at East end of the Field House. See aerial view (click on image to enlarge)

Homework Schedule

Midterm 1 solutions

Midterm 2 solutions

The Student Learning Center is a resource available to help you with Math 1A.
The student learning center provides support for this class, including study
groups, drop in tutoring, and exam reviews.

AP Credit: If you have taken the AP Calculus exam, then you may not have
to take Math 1A.
Consult the appropriate College criteria to decide whether you
may place out of Math 1A.

Enrollment: Enrollment is handled by telebears. I have no control over enrollment,
so please do not send me email asking to get into this class. If you have questions
about enrollment send them to Barbara Peavy or visit her in 967 Evans Hall.
Enrollment in discussion sections is also usually handled by telebears.
You MUST attend the discussion section you
are registered for. If you wish to add or drop this course after telebears ends,
here is the form and instructions. The deadline to add or drop without the dean's
approval (which is rarely given) is September 23, 2011.

No lecture or section on Wednesday 11/23 (the day before thanksgiving)

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.
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.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given in section on the Friday after the homework is due, except
for September 2, the weeks in which there is an exam on a Friday or a holiday.
The quiz each week will be based closely on the homework assigned that week.
There will be no makeup quizzes.

weekly quizzes:
20% (9 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!

Each question on the midterms and final will be worth 3 points.
The grading scheme is:

3 points for a completely correct and clear answer in simplified form,
2 points for an essentially correct answer with some minor errors,
1 point for a reasonable start on the question,
0 points for no significant progress.

It is your responsibility to make your answers clear: if you get the question right
but the grader does not notice, then this is your fault for not making your answer
clear enough, and you will lose points for it. Students will never get extra partial
credit by asking for it, as this is unfair to students who do not ask.

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:
September 30 in class
Midterm 2:
November 4 in class
Final Exam:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011, 7-10PM (location TBA)
Calculators will not be allowed on exams.

Exam policy:
- bring an exam book to write your answers in
- 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, handwritten, both sides allowed.
You must turn this sheet in with your exam, inserted in the front of your test book.
Other than this one sheet, the exams are closed book.
- when you are done with the exam, tuck your cheat sheet and exam in the front of your
exam book. Write your name and Student ID number on both the exam and the blue book.
- The midterms and final for disabled students will be in room 959 Evans Hall
(starting at the same dates and times as everyone else).

Useful links:
how to ace calculus
website for the book
Calculus and Trigonometry Java applets
Calculus applets
        More Java applets
Even more
Free online calculus book
        History of calculus
Calculus in 20 minutes
        MIT Open Courseware
        (Choose as your coach if you like)


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