Mathematics 10A

Fall, 2017
TuTh 8:10-9:00AM, 155 Dwinelle Hall

Introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Representation of data, elementary probability theory, statistical models, and testing.
Professor Kenneth A. Ribet
Telephone: 510 642 0648
Fax: (510) 642-8204
Office hours (885 Evans Hall)
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lecture of the spring, 2015 semester
"The instructor is very receptive to questions and is always eager to help. He responds quickly on Piazza and sits at the SLC every week to help out with homework and answer questions. He has a wonderful attitude toward the students; it is fantastic how enthusiastic the instructor is in getting to know his students. His willingness to befriend his students is truly a privilege for the students."

GSI Office Hours

Who? Where? When?
Katrina Biele 739 Evans M F 3:30-4:30PM
Ben Castle 737 Evans M Th 2-3PM
Daniel Chupin 840 Evans W 12:30-1:30PM
F 4:30-5:30PM
Frederick Huang 852 Evans Tu 10AM-12PM
Christopher Miller 1049 Evans Tu Th 10-11AM
Maryam Shadmehr 868 Evans Th 3-5PM
Theodore Zhu SLC M 4-6PM
1085 Evans Th 1-2PM

Discussion Sections

Discussions are held after lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on August 24, 2017

Section Time Room GSI
201 3:40PM 736 Evans Katrina Biele
204 9:40AM B56 Hildebrand Daniel Chupin
205 9:40AM B51 Hildebrand Maryam Shadmehr
206 11:10AM 70 Evans Daniel Chupin
207 11:10AM 87 Evans Christopher Miller
208 12:40PM 70 Evans Maryam Shadmehr
209 12:40PM 87 Evans Christopher Miller
210 3:40PM 3119 Etcheverry Frederick Huang
211 3:40PM B56 Hildebrand Ben Castle
212 5:10PM 85 Evans Katrina Biele
213 5:10PM 75 Evans Frederick Huang
214 5:10PM 6 Evans Ben Castle
215 2:10PM 2 Evans Theodore Zhu


Our primary textbook will be the Berkeley custom edition of Calculus for the Life Sciences by S.J. Schreiber et. al. cover
of textbook.
We will also be using three .pdf files that you can find in the "Online textbook" folder on bCourses.

"Ribet's such a nice, tubular dude that I enjoyed going to his lectures despite my great difficulty in understanding most of the material."


On my 2016 Math 10A page you'll find the exams that were given in this class one year ago. Note that each exam comes in two versions: one with just the questions and another that has both the questions and some hastily written answers. Please do not plan travel on the dates of these exams. If you suspect that you have a conflicting obligation because of an intercollegiate sport or other extracurricular activity, please see the document Guidelines Concerning Scheduling Conflicts with Academic Requirements and contact me if your absence qualifies under the guidelines.

Class schedule

"We should be able to absorb the information by simply looking at the slides without having to read full sentences."

Aug. 24
Intro to the class
Aug. 29
Limits of sequences
Limits of functions
Aug. 31
More on limits
What is a derivative?
Sept. 5
Study of derivatives
§§2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2
Sept. 7
§3.3: Chain rule and implicit differentiation
§3.3: Derivatives of logs
§3.4: Derivatives of trigonometric functions
Sept. 12
§3.5: Linear approximation
§3.6: Higher derivatives and associated approximations
§3.7: l'Hôpital's rule
Sept. 14
§4.1: Curve sketching
§4.2: Max/min problems
Sept. 19
Infinite series
(§7 of "Differential_calculus.pdf")
Sept. 21 Catch up and review
Sept. 26 First Midterm Exam
Sept. 28
More on infinite series
Antiderivatives and area
Oct. 3
The definite integral
Fundamental theorem of calculus
Oct. 5
More about integrals and areas
Riemann sums
Oct. 10
Substitution and change of variables
Integration by parts
Oct. 12
More integration by parts
Numerical integration
Oct. 17 Applications of integration
Oct. 19 Differential eqations and dynamics
Oct. 24
Area under the Gaussian curve
Pre-exam questions
Oct. 26 Last Midterm Exam
Oct. 31
Probability spaces and random variables
(Ch. 7 of Schreiber and the Prob-Stat notes)
Nov. 2
Histograms, PDFs, CDFs
(Schreiber, §7.1)
Nov. 7
Expected values
Normal Distribution
(Schreiber, §§7.2-7.3)
Nov. 9 Variance, independence
Nov. 14
Law of Large Numbers
Central Limit Theorem
Nov. 16
Data and statistics
Maximum likelihood
Nov. 21
Hypothesis testing
Nov. 28 The Z-test
Nov. 30
The T-test
Class photo
Dec. 5 RRR week
Dec. 7 RRR week

"Instead of making concepts easy to understand, he would just confuse everyone."


Homework will be due in your discussion section. Collaboration on the homework is encouraged, but students must write their own solutions after consultation with classmates. At the end of the course, your composite homework score will be the sum of all but your two lowest scores, plus 0.5 times your next-to-lowest score. In other words, we will drop everyone's lowest 1 1/2 scores.
  1. Homework due Thursday, August 31:
  2. Homework due Thursday, September 7:
  3. Homework due Thursday, September 14:
  4. Homework due Thursday, September 21:
  5. Homework due Tuesday, October 3
  6. Homework due Tuesday, October 10:
  7. Homework due Tuesday, October 17:
  8. Homework due Tuesday, October 24:
  9. Homework due Thursday, November 2:
  10. Homework due Thursday, November 9:
  11. Homework due Thursday, November 16
  12. Homework due Tuesday, November 28
  13. Homework due Tuesday, December 5 (RRR week):

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Course grades: will be based on a composite numerical score that is intended to weight the course components roughly as follows: midterm exams 20% each, homework 10%, quizzes 15%, final exam 35%.

The last day to add or drop this course is the day after the first midterm. The last day to change your grading option is the day after the second midterm. Incomplete grades will be assigned only to students for whom a documented medical, personal or family emergency precludes completion of the course. Students receiving such grades are required to have been doing work of passing quality up to the intervention of the emergency.

When I taught Math 10A in Fall, 2016: final grades were distributed as follows: 30% A, 39% B, 22% C, 3% D/F, 2% P, 4% NP.

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