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MA 113 - Calculus I (Fall 2017)

Official Course Description:

A course in one-variable calculus, including topics from analytic geometry. Derivatives and integrals of elementary functions (including the trigonometric functions) with applications. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Students may not receive credit for MA 113 and MA 137. Prereq: Math ACT of 27 or above, or math SAT of 620 or above, or MA 109 and MA 112, or MA 110, or consent of the department. Students who enroll in MA 113 based on their test scores should have completed a year of pre-calculus study in high school that includes the study of the trigonometric functions. Note: Math placement test recommended


MA 113 consists of lectures and recitations. Each large lecture is divided into multiple sections for recitations. When combined, this course website and the website for lecture section 0XY comprises the syllabus for MA 113 0XY.

The course calendar lists all assignments and exam dates.

The list below gives the instructors. Course meeting times are available from

Section Role Name E-Mail Web page
002 - 005 Lecturer Zhongwei Shen Web page
006 - 010 Lecturer Francis Chung  
011 - 015 Lecturer Christopher Manon  
016 - 020 Lecturer David Leep Web page
021 - 025 Lecturer Bertrand Guillou  
002 & 003 TA Sarah Hadaidi Web page
004 TA Lisa Mueller Web page
005 MathExcel Leader Jared Antrobus  
006 & 007 TA Daniel Plaugher  
008 & 009 TA Cole Pospisil  
010 MathExcel Leader Nandita Sahajpal  
011 & 012 TA Carson Price Web page
013 & 014 TA Ben Reese  
015 MathExcel LeaderTA Kasey Bray Web page
016 & 017 TA Carissa Slone Web page
018 & 019 TA Hunter Lehmann Web page
020 MathExcel Leader Aida Maraj Web page
021 & 022 TA Gabrielle Van Scoy  
023 & 024 TA James Vees  
025 TA Lisa Mueller Web page

Learning Outcomes:

Students will investigate the following six big questions:

Students will gain experience in the following mathematical practices:

Course policy regarding supportive discourse:

Students are not allowed to make negative comments about themselves or their mathematical ability, at any time, for any reason. Here are example statements that are now banned, along with acceptable replacement phrases.

The banned phrases represent having a fixed view of your own intelligence, which does not reflect the reality that you are all capable of dynamic, continued learning. The suggested replacement phrases support and represent having a realistic perspective regarding your abilities and your capacity for improvement.


Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th edition, by James Stewart, ISBN 9781337056403 (Chapters 1-11) or ISBN 9781337030595 (Chapters 1-16). For MA 113, you only need to obtain one of either the Chapter 1-11 text or the Chapter 1-16 text. The bookstore has custom paperback editions of the textbook for UK.

You do not need to purchase a separate WebAssign access code for this course, as we will use the WebWork online homework system.

During the last two weeks of class, students will be using this handout on higher-order approximation to supplement the textbook reading.

You purchased access to the eBook when you purchased your textbook from the UK Bookstore or Kennedy's. Instructions for accessing the eBook are available in the Student Quick Start guide.

You will need our class access key: uky 2614 6862

WebAssign gives you free access to the eBook for two weeks after the start of class. To continue to use WebAssign after that, you will need to enter the access code that came with the textbook you bought or purchase access online.


You may access your course grades through the Canvas system, logging in with your linkblue ID and password. Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Activity Number of points
3 Midterm Exams 300 points
Final Exam 100 points
Web Homework (WebWork) 66 points
Six Written Assignments 42 points (7 each)
Attendance/Quizzes: 42 points
Total 550 points

Please see your lecturer's syllabus for details on the attendance/quiz grade.

Your grade will be determined as follows:

Total Course Points (out of 550) At least 495 At least 440 At least 385 At least 330 Less than 330
Final Course Grade A B C D E

We may adjust (or curve) the grade lines down (but not up!). Decisions about changing the grade lines will be made by the faculty after considering the difficulty of the exams and the performance of students on the exams. Typical means for exams in previous years have been in the 70's. In computing these means, we do not include scores of students who score 30 or below.

Recitation Worksheets:

In recitation, you will practice the material of the lectures using worksheets. You will work in groups and sometimes individually. For the schedule of the worksheets see the course calendar. The worksheets are available for download as a single pdf file.

Beginning with worksheet 2, you will be responsible for having the recitation worksheets with you for recitation classes. If you fail to do so, then it may be counted as an unexcused absence. You may print the worksheet and bring it to recitation class or your TA might provide other options.


We will use web homework at the address on the system WeBWorK at We will add students to the homework system until the last day to add. See the document titled Introduction to WeBWorK for more information including instructions on how to log in. The document Entering Answers in WeBWorK gives more information about how to enter mathematics to answer questions in WeBWorK. Please contact your lecturer or teaching assistant if you have difficulty logging in or need to change sections.

The due date for each of these homework assignments is given on the corresponding web page as well as in the course calendar. Occasionally, we may delay homework due dates. The due date at the WeBWorK server will be the most up-to-date information.

Late web homework will not be accepted. Shortly after the homework is due, solutions to many of the web homework problems will be made available through the WeBWorK server. We cannot allow some students to continue working on the problems after the solutions are available or delay providing solutions to students who have completed the homework on time. If you have an unusual situation that prevents you from completing web homework, please contact your instructor. However, in general students will be expected to complete web homework even if they are traveling.

Suggestions for working web homework:


Your instructor will tell you what role quizzes will play in your course grade.

Written Assignments:

Six written assignments are to be turned in during lecture; for the due dates see the course calendar.

Assignment 1 WA1.pdf Solutions
Assignment 2 WA2.pdf Solutions
Assignment 3 WA3.pdf Solutions
Assignment 4 WA4.pdf Solutions
Assignment 5 WA5.pdf Solutions
Assignment 6 WA6.pdf Solutions

These assignments are intended to help you learn to communicate mathematics and to present clear, well-written solutions to problems. Your solutions will be graded by humans for mathematical correctness and for clarity of exposition. Students who wish to receive full credit should write in complete, grammatically correct sentences. You should give clear reasoning and present the steps of your solution in logical order. You will want to include figures and graphs as needed to explain your reasoning.

Assignments are due at the beginning of your lecture on the due date listed in the course calendar. Late assignments will be accepted, but may lose 20% credit for each day or part of a day that the assignment is late. Please speak with your lecturer if a serious illness or family emergency prevents you from completing an assignment. Students with scheduled absences (travel or authorized university excuse) may turn in the assignment early or have another student bring the assignment to class.


There will be three uniform midterm exams and one final exam. Each midterm exam is 120 minutes (2 hours) and the final exam is 120 minutes (2 hours). You must bring your student identification card with you to the exams!

If you must miss an exam due to a conflict as defined in the University Senate Rules, you may request an alternate exam. You will need to submit your request to your lecture instructor at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled date of the exam using the MA 113 Alternate Exam Request Form. Information regarding alternate exam times will be emailed directly to the students requesting an alternate exam.

Exam Date Time
I Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm
II Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm
III Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Final Exam Monday, December 11, 2017 8:30 - 10:30 pm

All exams are scheduled in the following rooms.

Sections Room Building
002, 003, 004, 005 MDS 220, MDS 223 Multidisciplinary Science Building
006, 007, 008, 009, 010 BE 111 Gatton Business & Economics Building
011, 012, 013, 014, 015 CB 106 White Hall Classroom Building
016, 017, 018, 019, 020 CB 118 White Hall Classroom Building
021, 022, 023, 024, 025 CB 110, CB 114 White Hall Classroom Building


You may use calculators on the homework and exams. You may not use any machine (carbon-based life form or silicon-based) that has symbolic manipulation capabilities of any sort on any exam. This precludes the use of TI-89, TI-Nspire CAS, HP 48, TI 92, Voyage 200, Casio Classpad or laptop computer. Also, you may not use your mobile phone, iPhone or Blackberry on any exam even if you forget your regular calculator. If it runs Android, GEOS, iOS, Linux, MacOS, PalmOS, Ubuntu, Unix, Windows, or similar operating systems, you cannot use it on the exams. Bald answers will receive little or no credit.  A bald answer is one that is simply the output of a calculator routine or a single numerical or symbolic expression that has no supporting work.

Old Exams:

A selection of exams given in MA 113 over the past several years is available in MA 113 exam archive.

Review Sessions:

Review sessions for MA 113 are hosted by The Study. You can find common hour review schedules (for MA 113 and other courses) here: (you need to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the graphic with relevant information).

MA 193:

In addition to the 4 hours of credit for MA 113, the department offers one additional hour of credit as MA 193 on a pass/fail basis. You will pass MA 193 if you have no more than 2 unexcused absences during MA 113 recitations and you pass MA 113. If you fail MA 113 or have 3 or more unexcused absences in recitation, you will fail MA 193.

Your section number for MA 193 must be the same as your section number for MA 113. If you drop or change sections of MA 113, please make sure to also drop or change sections of MA 193. It is your responsibility to do this if you change sections. If you do not change the section of MA 193 you may receive a failing grade for MA 193 because you are not on the proper class roll.

Study Advice and Getting Help:

Mathematics is not a spectator sport.  To understand what this means, consider how well you might learn to play football by watching Cristiano Ronaldo. You will not learn the material in this course by listening to the lectures, and thinking to yourself - "Yes, I understand that". You must also read the book and work the problems to learn. The instructor's task is that of an assistant to help you learn as much of the material as you desire. This being said, form good study skills from the start!

If you are having trouble with a homework problem, you can send an e-mail through the online homework system to your teaching assistant and lecturer. Try to provide as much information as possible in your help request. Describe what you have attempted and give a guess as to what might be wrong. Have you found an answer that is being marked wrong, or are you unable to start solving the problem?

In addition to the online help, you should take one or more of the following steps.

You can find more detailed suggestions of how to study for the course here.


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