MA 113 - Calculus I (Spring 2014)

In Calculus I, we will learn about derivatives, integrals, and the fundamental theorem of calculus that gives the relation between derivatives and integrals. We begin by introducing the notion of a limit. Limits are essential to defining derivatives and integrals. By the end of the semester you should know precise definitions of continuity, the derivative, and the integral and understand the fundamental theorem of calculus which relates the latter two. We will illustrate the methods and ideas of calculus by applying them to solve several physical and geometric problems.

We will cover most of Chapters 1 to 5 and one section of Chapter 6 of Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Second Edition by Jon Rogawski (Single-variable, UK paperback ISBN-10 1-4641-3302-6, full book UK paperback, ISBN-10 1-4641-3301-8). These books are also available bundled with access to an online version of the textbook. Students are not required to have the custom-published edition, they may use the standard edition. Please see the course calendar for a detailed listing of the sections we will cover.

Exposure to the precision needed in Calculus will foster critical thinking and rational reasoning. In order to help you learn to formulate and communicate mathematical ideas, there will be six written assignments; for the schedule see the course calendar. Your solutions to these assignments are expected to be carefully drafted documents that are written up in complete sentences. You should lay out and explain all the arguments you used to arrive at your solution. It is strongly recommended that you prepare your documents in a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, LaTeX or the like and then export your document to a PDF file to submit.

Textbook and Handouts:


You can earn up to 500 total points in the course based on the following activities.

3 Exams (100 points each) 300 points
Final Exam 100 points
Lecture attendance,
homework and written assignments
100 points
Total 500 points

The 100 non-exam points will be assigned as follows:

Web Homework: 100
Written Assignments: 60 (10 each)
Lecture attendance: 40
Total divided by 2: 100

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

Your grade will be based on the number of points you earned according to the following scheme:

Total Course Points (out of 500) At least 450 At least 400 At least 350 At least 300
Final Course Grade A B C D

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 to be downloaded here

Beginning with worksheet 4, 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.

Homework and Recitation Quizzes:

A) Mandatory homework, counting toward the grade:

B) Optional homework, not counting for the grade:

Optional homework assignments from the textbook are listed in the course calendar. This homework will not be graded. It is strongly recommended that you do these problems as they prepare you for the exams.

C) Recitation quizzes:

Quizzes will be given on most Thursday's during recitations; for the schedule see the course calendar. Unless there is language to the contrary in your instructor's class syllabus the quizzes will not be graded and do not count toward the grade. The purpose of the quizzes is to give you practice in an exam setting where you have to work on a problem independently, without books, and with a limited amount of time.

Quizzes and Solutions: (Solution links will be active after quiz day)

Quiz 1 | Solutions Quiz 2 | Solutions Quiz 3 | Solutions Quiz 4 | Solutions Quiz 5 | Solutions
Quiz 6 | Solutions Quiz 7 | Solutions Quiz 8 | Solutions Quiz 9 | Solutions Quiz 10 | Solutions


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). Please 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. The alternate exam for exams 1 to 3 will be given from 7:30-9:30 pm after the regular exam. Students must request an alternate exam from their lecturer in writing and at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled date of the exam.

Exam Date Time
I Tuesday, 11 February 2014 5-7 pm
II Tuesday, 11 March 2014 5-7 pm
III Tuesday, 15 April 2014 5-7 pm
Final Exam Wednesday, 7 May 2014 8:30-10:30 pm

The final exam is scheduled in the following rooms.

Sections Lecturer Room Building
001,003,004 Ott BS 116 T.H. Morgan Biological Sciences Building
002 Ott BS 107 T.H. Morgan Biological Sciences Building
005-008 Hislop CB 106 White Hall Classroom Building
009-013 Brown BS 107 T.H. Morgan Biological Sciences 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. The exams from this semester will be available at the exam archive approximately one week after the administration of each exam.

Review Sessions:

Before each exam there will be a supplementary review session.

Review Date Time Room
Review 1 Monday, 10 February 2014 6:30-8:00 pm FB 200
Review 2 Monday, 10 March 2014 6:30-8:00 pm FB 200
Review 3 Monday, 14 April 2014 6:30-8:00 pm FB 200
Review 4 Monday, 5 May 2014 3:30-5 pm CB 106


The list below gives the instructors and their email addresses. Course meeting times are available from

Section Role Name E-Mail Web page
001-004 Lecturer Katharine Ott Web page
001,003 TA Ian Barnett
002,009 TA Tefjol Pllaha
004 Workshop Leader Laura Graham
005-008 Lecturer Peter Hislop Web page
005,006 TA Florian Kohl
007,008 TA Marie Meyer
009-013 Lecturer Russell Bronw Web page
010,011 TA Mccabe Olsen
012,013 TA Devin Willmott

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!

We will use Piazza as a forum for discussion related to the course. If you are having trouble with a web homework problem, visit Piazza for discussions of homework problems and other topics related to the course. Please do not post the answers to homework questions. Use Piazza to discuss the method you might use to solve a problem.

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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