Math 1A—Calculus, Spring 2017

Contents of this page

Professor and section instructors
Time and place
Homework and quizzes
Syllabus and homework schedule
Instructions for using WeBWorK
Grading policy
Links to other resources


(May 11) Final exams graded. Gradescope regrades will close Monday morning.

(May 9) Gradescope regrades for Midterm 3 will close today. Final exams should be graded within a couple of days. See below for final exam solutions.

(Apr 28) Prof. Haiman's RRR week office hours: Wed 12-2 and Friday 2-3.

(Apr 26) Our final exam is in the RSF Fieldhouse, Tues May 9, 8-11am. Posted past exams for review.

(Apr 17) Please take a few minutes to do the Online Course Evaluation. Evaluations are open from now until the end of RRR week.

(Apr 17) Homework 12 changed! I have added Stewart 5.5 #78 and I am moving the problems on Section 6.2 to Homework 13.

(Apr 10) Midterm 3 is this Friday, April 14, in the usual lecture room, VLSB 2050. Posted prior year exams and solutions for review. Gradescope regrades for Midterm 2 will close on Friday.

(Mar 7) Regrades for Midterm 1 on Gradescope will close on Friday.

(Mar 6) Midterm 2 is this Friday, March 10, in the usual lecture room, VLSB 2050. Posted prior year exams and solutions for review.

(Feb 8) For Midterm 1, all students will be in the regular lecture room, VLSB 2050. We could not get an overflow room.

(Feb 6) Posted prior year exams and solutions for Midterm 1 review. Will post overflow room information when I have it.

(Jan 18) If you are trying to enroll in this class but all sections are full, please alert the math department undergraduate office using this link: Also, keep checking for open spaces from time to time on Cal Central. If there is enough demand, it may be possible to open an additional section.

(Jan 17) (a) The online homework system is up and running. (b) I corrected a mistake in the posted midterm exam times. Midterm exams will take place during the regular lecture hour.

(Jan 2) Welcome to Math 1A! Check this page for further announcements and updates.

Professor and section instructors

Professor: Mark Haiman, 855 Evans Hall,
Office hours MWF 2:15-3:00 or by appointment. RRR Week: Wed 12-2 and Friday 2-3.

Section instructors and office hours

The Student Learning Center offers drop-in tutoring, and also a 1-unit adjunct Math 98 course for help with study strategies, problem solving and exam preparation.

Time and place

Lectures: MWF 1-2, 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

Discussion sections: Tuesdays and Thursdays; see class schedule for section times and open seats. Students must enroll in the lecture and a discussion section. You must attend the section in which you are enrolled.

If you need to change sections, check on Cal Central from time to time for openings. Some seats typically become free during the first week or two as students make changes to their registration, but I can't guarantee anything..


The Course Catalog description for Math 1A reads:

"This sequence is intended for majors in engineering and the physical sciences. An introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, with applications and an introduction to transcendental functions."

To this I would add that in learning calculus you will come to share in one of the great intellectual achievements of humankind. Calculus provides essential concepts for understanding basic phenomena in all the quantitative sciences, along with useful techniques for carrying out computations. As a result, we can now solve problems with ease which had mystified thinkers for millenia before the tools of calculus were developed.


Three and one-half 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 32. Consult the mathematics department for details. Students with AP credit should consider choosing a course more advanced than 1A.


James Stewart, Single Variable Calculus: Math 1A,B at UC Berkeley, 8th Edition (Cengage, 2016), ISBN 978-1-305-76527-6.

This is a custom version containing those chapters of Stewart's Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition that we use for Math 1A and 1B at Berkeley. You can also use the full 8th Edition. You may be able to get by with the 7th edition, but you will need to take note that some sections and homework problems are numbered differently.


There will be three midterm exams and a final exam. Midterm exams will take place during the lecture hour.

Midterm 1, Solutions

Friday, February 10, 1:10-2pm, in the usual lecture room, VLSB 2050. Please try to arrive early, as the exam will start promptly at 1:10.

The exam covers topics from Stewart Sections 1.1-2.5, WeBWorK sets 1-3. For review, here are some exams from previous years: Fall 06, Fall 10, Spring 14 (you can disregard questions on limits at infinity and on derivatives). Solutions: Fall 06, Fall 10, Spring 14

Midterm 2, Solutions

Friday, March 10, 1:10-2pm, in the usual lecture room, VLSB 2050. Please try to arrive early.

The exam covers Stewart Sections 2.6-3.10, WeBWorK sets 4-7, with earlier material as needed. Section 3.7 is omitted, since no homework was assigned on it. Previous years' exams for review: Fall 06 (Questions 1-4 only), Fall 10 (Questions 1-3 and 5), Spring 14. Also see Questions 4 and 6 on Spring 14 Midterm 1, above. Solutions: Fall 06, Fall 10, Spring 14

Midterm 3, Solutions

Friday, April 14, 1:10-2pm, in the usual lecture room, VLSB 2050. Please try to arrive early.

The exam covers Stewart Sections 4.1-5.4 (except 4.6) and WeBWorK sets 8-11, with earlier material as needed. Previous years' exams for review: Fall 06 (Questions 5-8) Fall 10 (ignore slant asymptotes; also see Questions 4 and 6 from Fall 10 Midterm 2, above), Spring 14. Solutions: Fall 06, Fall 10, Spring 14

Final Exam, Solutions

Tuesday, May 9, 8-11am, RSF Fieldhouse.

The exam covers the whole course, with extra emphasis on topics from after Midterm 3 (WebWorK sets 12 and 13; Stewart sections 5.5, 6.1-6.3 and 6.5). Previous years' final exams for review: Fall 06 (skip question 6), Fall 10, Spring 14. Solutions: Fall 06, Fall 10, Spring 14.

Ground rules

Exam questions will be comparable in style and difficulty to the online homework problems. There will be space for answers on the exam paper, so you do not need blue books, but you should bring paper for scratch work.

On midterms you may use one sheet of notes which you prepare yourself, on normal sized paper, both sides. On the final you may use two sheets of notes. No other notes, books, calculators or electronic devices may be used during exams.

Missed exams

The class grading policy, below, allows you to miss one midterm exam essentially without penalty. For this reason there will be no makeup exams except in extraordinary circumstances.


Students who need special accommodations for exams must provide documentation from the Disabled Students' Program (DSP) and contact me at least two weeks before the first exam so that suitable arrangements can be made.

Homework and quizzes

There will be two types of homework assignments:

Online homework, using WeBWorK; see below for instructions on using the system. WeBWorK allows you to make multiple attempts at each problem and get instant feedback as to whether your solution is correct. The online homework is normally due each Thursday night at 11:59pm, starting Jan 26 for Homework Set 1. The last assignment, Set 13, will be due Sunday 4/30.

Homework problems from the text, as listed on the schedule below. This homework is not to be turned in, but it is essential to your success in the course. Starting January 26, there will be a short quiz each Thursday in discussion section, consisting of one problem taken directly from the homework.

Generally speaking, the online homework problems will involve practicing techniques for calculation, while the problems from the text will tend to probe deeper conceptual points.

You may collaborate with other students on the homework, provided you work on each problem and enter it into WeBWorK yourself. If you do work together you will notice that WeBWorK creates a slightly different version of the problems for each student.

Copying homework solutions done by another student or by an automated system such as Wolfram Alpha is not allowed. Although I have no way to enforce this rule, I can assure you that copying solutions you have not worked out yourself will end up costing you more in the form of poor preparation for exams than whatever few extra homework points you might gain.

Syllabus and homework schedule

We will cover Chapters 1-6 from the textbook, omitting sections 3.11, 4.6 and 6.4.

Schedule of lectures, reading and homework

Week Lectures Reading WeBWorK Stewart Problems Remarks
1/18-1/20 1-2 1.1-1.2 Set 0 1.1 #38, 70; 1.2 #10, 20 No quiz 1/19
1/23-1/27 3-5 1.3-1.5, 2.1 Set 1 1.3 #16, 30, 64; 1.5 #32, 50  
1/30-2/3 6-8 2.2-2.4 Set 2 2.2 #18, 52; 2.3 #10, 32, 40, 48  
2/6-2/10 9-10 2.5-2.6 Set 3 2.4 #20; 2.5 #20, 30, 54, 64 Exam 1 Fri 2/10
2/13-2/17 11-13 2.7-2.8 Set 4 2.6 #58; 2.7 #26, 60; 2.8 #26, 58(a,c), 66  
2/22-2/24 14-15 3.1-3.4 Set 5 3.1 #50(a,b), 82(b); 3.2 #62(a), 64(a,c); 3.3 #18 No class Mon 2/20
2/27-3/3 16-18 3.5-3.8 Set 6 3.4 #60, 72, 76; 3.5 #46; 3.6 #52 
3/6-3/10 19-20 3.9-3.10 Set 7 3.8 #16; 3.9 #20, 34, 46; 3.10 #44 Exam 2 Fri 3/10
3/13-3/17 21-23 4.1-4.4 Set 8 4.1 #80; 4.2 #24(a), 28; 4.3 #52, 58  
3/20-3/24 24-26 4.5, 4.7-4.8 Set 9 4.4 #74, 84, 88; 4.5 #52; 4.7 #72  
Spring Recess
4/3-4/7 27-29 4.9, 5.1-5.3 Set 10 4.8 #34, 36; 4.9 #50; 5.1 #26; 5.2 #30, 68  
4/10-4/14 30-31 5.3-5.4 Set 11 5.3 #48, 70, 76; 5.4 #50, 72 Exam 3 Fri 4/14
4/17-4/21 32-34 5.5, 6.1-6.2 Set 12 5.5 #78, 90; 6.1 #56, 58  
4/24-4/28 35-37 6.3, 6.5 Set 13 6.2 #16, 64; 6.3 #8, 30, 48 Set 13 due Sun 4/30
Reading/Review Week. Online course evaluations open until May 7.
Final Exam Tues, May 9, 8-11am (exam group 5)

Any changes to this schedule will be announced in class and posted on this page.

Instructions for using WeBWorK

You can access WeBWorK through the bCourses page for this class—look for the WeBWorK tab in the menu along the left side of the page. Logging in via bCourses automatically enrolls you in WeBWorK.

Apart from the login link, WeBWorK is not part of bCourses. Your online homework assignments and your scores on them are kept in WeBWorK. We will also use bCourses to record your quiz and exam scores. To view these, go to the Grades section of bCourses, outside WeBWorK.

To get started in WeBWorK, do Homework Set 0, which is a tutorial on using the system. It has no due date and doesn't count for credit.

Regular homework sets are due one minute before midnight on Thursday nights, starting Jan 26 for Homework Set 1. Solutions become available immediately after each set is due. The last assignment, Homework Set 13, will be due the night of Sunday April 30 instead of Thursday.

You can attempt each problem as many times as you like. The first thing to do if you don't get the correct answer right away is to check that what you entered is what you meant. If it is, then double check your for calculations for arithmetic mistakes.

If you still have trouble after double checking for mistakes, re-read the problem carefully, to be sure you understood it correctly. Then think again about your strategy for solving the problem—maybe the method you need to use is different from your first thought.

Grading policy

Homework and quizzes: 15%
Three midterms: 15% each
Final Exam: 40%

Your lowest (curved) midterm exam grade will be dropped and replaced by your (curved) final exam grade if it is higher. This policy allows you to miss one midterm essentially without penalty.

Quiz grades will be based on your 10 best quiz scores out of 13. No makeup quizzes will be given under any circumstances.

All the online homework assignments count towards your grade, none are dropped. Please contact Professor Haiman if you add the course after the due date for one or more assignments.

Makeup exams will not be given except in extraordinary circumstances. If you are forced by a serious, documented medical or family emergency to miss more than one midterm exam or to miss the final exam, contact Professor Haiman to discuss your options.

Missing more than one midterm or the final exam without a valid excuse will have a strongly negative impact on your grade. It is your responsibility to make sure you do not have conflicts with exam times.

The grade of Incomplete is given only after discussion with Professor Haiman, in cases where a student has missed the final exam for a valid reason and has passing grades on the remaining coursework. An Incomplete received under these circumstances is to be completed by taking the final exam with a Math 1A class in the following semester.

Any form of cheating on quizzes and exams, whether by copying another student's answers, giving or receiving assistance, or using proscribed materials or electronic devices, is strictly forbidden. Cheating may result in a negative score on the affected quiz or exam, and possibly in further disciplinary measures.

Links to other resources

CALCULUS.ORG web page with links to many helpful calculus resources

History of calculus page from St. Andrews University, Scotland

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