Math 42
Winter 2015

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First day checklist

  • Look over the course webpage to get familiar with logistics and policies.
  • You will sign up for sections on CourseWork and NOT on axess. See Section Assignments page for sign-up information. CourseWork will be used only for grades and email announcements.
  • Once you've signed up for sections, you should email your TA with mathematical or administrative questions before you contact the instructors.
  • If you have a OAE accomodation request for the exams, or a schedule conflict (midterm only) you must at least one week before the exam to arrange to take it at an alternate (early) sitting. It takes significant effort to arrange separate exams, and we simply cannot do it without advance notice.

About This Class

This is a 5-unit second-term course in single-variable calculus with an accelerated pace -- specifically, Math 42 will cover techniques of integration, applications of integration, differential equations, infinite sequences and series, and Taylor polynomials. Although everyone is welcome in the course, it is aimed primarily to students who will continue taking more advanced quantitative classes which require a strong calculus background. This course also requires a strong background in the first half of single-variable calculus, as covered in Math 41 (or equivalent): differential calculus and applications, the foundations of integral calculus up to and including u-substitution techniques, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

  • Syllabus: For a detailed schedule of topics, see the Schedule page.
  • Textbook: The textbook is Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, 4th edition, by James Stewart. Older editions are not recommended; the problem numbering differs, for example.
  • Classes: Each week you will attend three lectures and two discussion sections. The lectures are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The discussion sections are on Tuesday and Thursday. See the Section Assignments page to view the choices for times and locations and instructions on the sign-up process. You will sign up for a discussion section via CourseWork. If you miss a lecture or a section, it is your responsibility to catch up on the topics that you missed.
  • Assessment: 10% homework, 25% midterm exams, 40% final exam. are closed book, closed notes, no electronic aids. Historical grade distribution is roughly 30% As and 40% Bs.

Links, Getting Help, and Other Resources

  • Tips for Success in Undergraduate Math Courses by Jessica Purcell
    Some very good advice for college calculus students. Read this carefully and do as it suggests.
    Note: Pay particular attention to #3 under "Weekly" and #6 and #7 under "Before the exam". Students who think they're following these tips often overlook those parts, and they're the most important ones!

  • Common Errors in Undergraduate Mathematics by Eric Schechter
    Although this document is a bit on the long side, you should read at least some of it carefully -- you'll do better in your math classes because of it. We encourage you to pay particular attention to the sections: bad handwriting, all of the algebra errors, stream-of-consciousness notations, and going over your work.

  • Math 42 Teaching Staff Office Hours
    Your first resource for help outside of class meetings should be the course instructor and teaching assistants. You are encouraged to attend any of their office-hour sessions, not just those for your lecture or section leader, and no appointment is necessary at the times posted. In office hours we welcome any kind of question; we are here to help you and ready to explain the same thing as many times as necessary. You can also email us, but keep in mind that questions in office hours are answered more quickly and more clearly.

  • Free Tutoring at the Center for Teaching & Learning

  • Evening Tutoring by SUMO undergraduate members (free, but priority goes to Math 50-series students)

  • Math Department Web Page

  • Math 42A students are part of the ACE program, short for "Accelerated Calculus for Engineers." More information about the program, and its application process, can be found here.

  • Statement from the Registrar concerning students with documented disabilities:
    "Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066)."

  • Honor Code and Fundamental Standard
    By Math Department policy, any student found to be in violation of the Honor Code on any assignment or exam in this course will receive a final course letter grade of NP.

  • Lecture summaries for Akshay Venkatesh's class
  • Lecture summaries for Georg Menz's class