Course:  Math 20B: Calculus for Science and Engineering

Credit Hours:  4  (2 credits if taken after Math 10B or Math 10C)

Prerequisite:  Math 20A or equivalent  or   a score of 4 or better on AB calculus AP test

Catalog Description:  Integral calculus of one variable and its applications, with exponential, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and trigonometric functions.  Methods of integration.  Polar coordinates in the plane.

Textbook: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, second edition, by Jon Rogawski; published by W. H. Freeman and Company; 2012

Subject Material:   We shall cover parts of chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the text, as well as the Math 20B Course Supplement.

Lecture:  Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook.  You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture.

Calculus Tutoring Lab:  A tutoring lab for Calculus students will generally be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm in AP&M B402A;   please see the Calculus Tutoring page and follow the link in the Calculus Tutoring section for a complete listing of dates and times when the tutoring lab is open.  There will usually be at least 2 tutors and/or TAs available to help with homework, calculators, and coursework.   We strongly recommend that you make use of the Calculus Tutoring Lab.

Calculators:  A graphing calculator (preferably a TI-83 or TI-84) is recommended but not required.  The calculator should be used as an aid in learning concepts, not just as a means of computation.  Help with using TI graphing calculators will be available in the Calculus Lab.  Note:  The use of calculators will not be permitted during exams or quizzes.

Homework: Homework exercises will be assigned on the course homework page and will be due on Fridays at 5:00 pm. Your completed homework assignments should be submitted by the due time into the homework dropbox (located in the basement of AP&M) labeled 20A and your TA's name. Your lowest homework score will be dropped. Before you submit, make sure to staple your work and have your name, ID number and section number written clearly on top of the front page. Late homework will not be accepted. Graded homework will be returned in discussion section or may be picked up at your TA's office hours.

You should make every effort to complete each assigned homework problem. You may seek help during office hours and/or section with any exercises you have difficulty solving. Students are also encouraged to discuss homework with fellow classmates. However, each student is expected to write up his/her own solutions independently.

Midterm Exams:  There will be two (2) midterm exams. See the course calendar for precise dates. You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam.   There will be no makeup exams.

Final Examination:  The final examination will be held at the date and time stated in the course calendar.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not have a schedule conflict involving the final examination; you should not enroll in this class if you cannot take the final examination at its scheduled time.
  • You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to the final examination; no other notes (or books) will be allowed.
  • No calculators will be allowed during the final examination.

Regrade Requests: Midterm exams will be returned to students in discussion section. We will attempt to be as fair and accurate as possible in the grading, however, from time to time, we make mistakes. If you wish to have the grader take a second look at your exam, please attach a note explaining your concern and return the exam to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once your exam leaves the room.

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by your cumulative average at the end of the term. Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages:

  • 20% Homework,  20% Midterm Exam I,  20% Midterm Exam II,  40% Final Exam
  • 20% Homework,  40% Best Midterm Exam,  40% Final Exam
In addition,  you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course. 
  • Note:  Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss an exam for any reason then your course grade will be computed with your other exam counting 40%.

Grading Scale: The following scale will be used to determine grades.

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

I reserve the right to assign better letter grades than those listed above. Please notice that outside factors, including the need for a certain grade for admission/retention in any academic program, scholarship or transfer credit, graduation requirements or personal desire for a specific grade DO NOT appear in the above calculations, and thus are not considered in any way in the determination of your course grade. Effort, improvement, class attendance and participation will all dramatically improve your grade in the course in that they will allow you to do well on homework, exams, and the final exam. They will NOT, however, actively participate in the calculation of your course grade.

Grades through Ted (Triton education): This course will have a page on Ted, where you will see your homework and midterm grades recorded. Ted will not be used for any other course materials; this webpage is the main portal for Math 20B.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD. Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest to maintain your integrity.

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