Math 1A - Calculus

Spring 2008

Instructor: Prof. Jon Wilkening
Office: 1091 Evans,   643-7990
Office Hours: Wed 9:30-11:30, 1:30-2:30
wilken@math berkeley edu

Head TA: Aubrey Clayton
click here for instructions on how to add the course or change sections

GSI names and office hours

Main Lecture: MWF 12:10-1:00 PM, 2050 VLSB

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.

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Math 1A Calculus worksheets
    available at Copy Central on Bancroft near Telegraph.

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: 20%
midterm 2: 20%
final exam: 45%
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: Wed, Feb 20, 12:10-1:00 PM
Midterm 2: Wed, April 9, 12:10-1:00 PM
Final Exam: Mon, May 19, 12:30-3:30 PM
Calculators will not be allowed on exams.

Useful links:
how to ace calculus
website for the book
greek alphabet


Type of Question Person to Ask When and How
Enrollment and Section Placement Head TA see webpage
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