MA 113 - Calculus I (Spring 2016)

Rooms for Final Exam:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Sections Lecturer Room Building
001-005 Royster CB 118 White Hall Classroom Building
006-010 Leep CB 106 White Hall Classroom Building
011-012 Gonzalez D'Leon CB 110 White Hall Classroom Building
013-014 Gonzalez D'Leon CB 114 White Hall Classroom Building

Brief Description:

A course in one-variable calculus, including topics from analytic geometry. Derivatives and integrals of elementary functions (including the trigonometric functions) with applications. Students may not receive credit for MA 113 and MA 137.

Learning Outcomes:

In Calculus I, we will learn about derivatives, integrals, and the fundamental theorem of calculus, which 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. You should be able to 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 Less than 300
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 to be downloaded here

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.


A) Mandatory homework, counting toward the grade:

We will use web homework at the address on the system WeBWorK at Students who are registered Tuesday afternoon, January 12, will be able to log in from the first day of class. 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. Note that the WeBWorK sets are due early in the morning after the due date listed in the calendar. Thus the due dates at the web site will be the day after the date listed in the 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:

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.

Written Assignments:

Six written assignments are to be turned in during lecture; for the due dates see the course calendar. The assignments will be made available approximately one week before the due date from links in the table below. The solutions will be made available after the due date. Note that individual instructors may have different requirements relative to the written assignments. Any differences will be spelled out in your instructor's syllabus.

Assignment 1: Questions Solutions
Assignment 2 Questions Solutions
Assignment 3: Questions Solutions
Assignment 4: Questions Solutions
Assignment 5: Questions Solutions
Assignment 6: Questions 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). Please bring your student identification card with you to the exams!

Exam Date Time
I Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 pm
II Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 pm
III Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Final Exam Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The midterm exams are scheduled in the following rooms. The rooms for the final will be posted after the third midterm and some of the rooms will be different from the rooms for the midterms.

Sections Lecturer Room Building
001-005 Royster CB 118 White Hall Classroom Building
006-010 Leep CB 106 White Hall Classroom Building
011-012 Gonzalez D'Leon CB 110 White Hall Classroom Building
013-014 Gonzalez D'Leon CB 114 White Hall Classroom Building

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, 2, 3 will be given from 7:30-9:30 pm after the regular exam in CB 106. Students must request an alternate exam from their lecturer in writing at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled date of the exam.


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, February 8, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm CB 122
Review 2 Monday, March 7, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm CB 122
Review 3 Monday, April 11, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm CB 122
Review 4 Monday, May 2, 2016 4:00-5:30 pm FB 200


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

Section Role Name E-Mail Web page
001 - 005 Lecturer David Royster Web page
001 PTI Kathy Effinger  
002 - 003 TA Jonathan Proctor  
005 Workshop leader Dustin Hedmark Web page
006 - 010 Lecturer David Leep Web page
006 - 007 TA Zhen Luo Web page
008 - 009 TA Jing Wei  
010 TA Kevin Jones  
011 - 014 Lecturer Rafael Gonzalez D'Leon Web page
011 - 012 TA Kehelwala Maduranga  
013 - 014 TA Anupam Kumar  

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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