Notes to Students: Math 1A, Spring 2018

  1. Information on your textbook and computer disk options. WebAssign offers features that you might find useful. WebAssign will not be used in this class, but other instructors might require it.
  2. Information on which calculators may and which calculators may NOT be used in Math 1A. This course will follow the same restrictions as the ACT, the site from which this information is borrowed.
  3. We have discussed functions (1.1), tangent and velocity problems (2.1), limits of functions (2.2), and we got a start on calculating limits (2.3). Please work on the suggested problems for these sections before next week. Quiz #1 will be on Thursday, April 19, and will cover these sections and perhaps more.
  4. Quiz #1 will be on Thursday, April 19, during the last half hour of class. We can review at the start of class. The quiz will cover 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.5. It will NOT cover section 2.4 on the formal definition of a limit.
  5. The optional extra credit take home for Quiz #1 is due on Tuesday, April 24, at the start of class. If you arrive late, give me your extra credit assignment before taking your seat. Remember, to maximize your extra credit, do all of the problems on the take home, even if you believe your in-class work was totally correct on some of them. Also, for full credit, write neat and complete solutions to each problem. Remember, too, on any take home assignment, you may work together and consult any resource you wish, including getting help from the tutorial center. If you work with others, please help everyone get as many points as possible -- don't simply copy another student's work; make sure it is correct!
  6. Test #1 will be on Thursday, April 26, during the last hour of class. It will cover 1.1, 2.1-3, and 2.5-8. Section 2.4, Precise Definition of Limit, will NOT be included. We can review at the start of the class. Note that Office Hours are now 5:30-6:20 pm in S-43 (MSTRC) MW and in S-45 TTh.
  7. I am moving the MW office hours to S-49. The new office hour schedule is 5:30 to 6:20 pm, MW in S-49 and TTh in S-45. We will see how this works out.
  8. Quiz #2 will be a "take home" assignment. Class on Thursday, May 3, is canceled, so do not come to class or office hours on that day as I will NOT be on campus. In place of the class, I will email to you a PDF of Quiz #2 Thursday evening or maybe Friday morning. If you don't have it by 9 am Friday morning, send me an email to alert me. As with any take home assignment in this course, you may work together and consult any resource you wish. For full credit, write neat, complete solutions. Quiz #2 is due at the start of class on Tuesday, May 8. There will NOT be any additional take home opportunity to get more points, so do your best on what you give me next Tuesday. Quiz #2 will provide practice finding derivatives using formulas from sections 3.1-5. I introduced this material Tuesday evening, but be sure to read the textbook. We will discuss all of this material again next week.
  9. The PDF for the Math 1A Quiz #2 Take Home assignment was sent at 5:57 pm Thursday evening. Print it, complete it, and hand it in at the beginning of class on Tuesday, May 8. It covers sections 3.1-5, and as you know, I quickly went over only the very basic information at the end of class last Tuesday. So, you will have to read these sections and maybe utilize the differentiation tables that are available in the back of our textbook. Remember that you may work together and consult any resource you wish on this and any other "take home" assignment in this class. For some extra credit, go back to section 2.4 on the Precise Definition of a Limit, and do the textbook's problem #4, which asks you to find delta (δ), given an epsilon, ε = 1/2. In addition, look at Section 2.4, Example #4, in the text and find a formula for delta given ANY value of epsilon.
  10. Quiz #3 will be on Thursday, May 10, during the last half hour of class. We can review at the start of class. The quiz will include all the differentiation rules from sections 3.1 - 3.6, so there will be some review of material from Quiz #2. Quiz #3 will also include 3.10, Linear Approximations and Differentials.
  11. Quiz #4, on Thursday, May 17, will cover 3.9 (related rates) and 4.3 (derivatives and function graphs). We can review prior to taking the quiz during the last half hour of class.
  12. The Quiz #4 optional extra credit take home is due at the start of class on Tuesday, May 22. If you arrive late, be sure to give me your extra credit quiz before taking your seat. Note also that Test #2 is scheduled for the last hour of class on Thursday, May 24. It will cover 3.1-6, 3.9-10, 4.1-3, and 4.5.
  13. To allow more time to consider the important material at the beginning of Chapter 2, Test #2 will be postponed to Thursday, May 31. This week, we will have Quiz #5 on Thursday, May 24, and it will cover 4.1-4.5. This is the same derivative material as on Quiz #4 with the addition of graphing functions with the assistance of information from derivatives plus the Mean Value Theorem (4.2) and L'Hôpital's Rule (4.4).
  14. The Quiz #5 optional extra credit assignment is due on Tuesday, May 29, at the beginning of class. In addition to completing the extra credit assignment, spend some of your time over the long weekend preparing for Test #2, which is rescheduled to Thursday, May 31. Bring your questions to the Tuesday evening class. Test #2 will cover 3.1-6, 3.9-10, and 4.1-5.
  15. Quiz #6, on Thursday, June 7, will cover 4.7 (Optimization) and 4.8 (Newton's Method). We can review before taking the quiz during the last half hour of class.
  16. The optional extra credit for Quiz #6 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, June 12, as we enter the last weeks of the quarter. Quiz #7 (our last one) will be on Thursday, June 14, and will cover Parametric Equations (10.1 and 10.2, differentiation ONLY) and Antiderivatives (4.9).
  17. The Quiz #7 optional extra credit assignment is due on Tuesday, June 19, at the beginning of class. Test #3 is also on Tuesday, June 19, during the last hour of class. The test will cover 4.7-4.9 (optimization, Newton's Method, and Antiderivatives) and 10.1-2 (parametric equations, differentiation ONLY).
  18. The Final Examination is on Thursday, June 28, in S-45 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. You may prepare a sheet of notes (8.5 inches X 11 inches -- normal letter size) for your use on the final examination. All notes must be handwritten. No photos or photocopying, and no typesetting. You may use both sides of the sheet. Remember that desks must be clear during the exam, except for the exam, your sheet of notes, a pencil or pen, an eraser, and one calculator, numerical only. The exam will start at 6:15 pm and end at 8:15 pm. Office hours during exam week will be in S-45 (if it is available) on Monday, 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Wednesday, 6/27, 4:00 to 6:00 pm; and Thursday, 6/28 (the day of your exam), 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Email me, if you have questions.
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