Course Information
Instructor: Avner Segal.
Office: MATH 209.
Email: avners@math.ubc.ca.
Lectures: Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM and TueWThu 1:00-3:00 PM at L.S. Klinck (LSK) 200.
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 PM at LSK 300 or by appointment.
Textbook
The required textbook for this course is Calculus: Early Transcendentals with student solutions manual, Volume 1. Fourth custom edition for UBC, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett. The textbook is available at the UBC Bookstore. ISBN 10 digit: 1-269-91047-7. ISBN 13 digit: 978-269-91047-7. This book is available at the UBC Bookstore.
Note that there may be differences in page number references and problem numbering between different editions if you use a different edition of the Briggs, Cochran and Gillett textbook. It is up to you to deal with any such potential inconsistencies if you use a different edtition of the text.
Grading Scheme
There will be four quizzes and one final examinations.
Note that a student must score at least 40% on the final exam to pass the course, regardless of the grade computed by the normal calculation.
Your grade will be broken down as follows:
- The final examination in June will account for 50% of a student's final grade. The remaining 50% will be based on term work. The final examination generally will not be weighted higher for students who perform better on the final examination than they did during the term, although some allowance may be made for students who perform much better on the final examination than they did during the term. (In practice, this rarely happens.)
- IMPORTANT: The final mark distribution of the term work of each section may be scaled based on the final exam mark distribution of that section. These adjusted term marks would then be used to compute a student's final grade. Any scaling is performed to ensure fairness in the final grades across the course.
- No unauthorized electronic devices will be allowed at the quizzes or the final examination. This includes cell phones, smart phones, music players, and all other such devices. Formula sheets and other memory aids will not be allowed.
- No calculators will be allowed on the midterms or the final examination.
- If you miss a quiz, you will need to provide a documented excuse to your instructor. Examples of valid excuses are an illness which has been documented by a physician or Student Health Service, or an absence to play a varsity sport (in which case your coach will provide you with a letter to give to your instructor). Your instructor must be notified within 48 hours of such an absence, and appropriate documentation must be produced within 7 days of the absence. Failure to comply with these time limits, or failure to provide a documented excuse, will result in a mark of 0 for that quiz.
A physician's note must specifically state that the student was medically unfit to write the missed quiz on the corresponding date. It must also include a phone number where the physician can be reached. Absence of this exact information, or illegible information, will result in a mark of 0 for that quiz.
If you miss a quiz due to a death in your family, you should go to your program's advising office (in Science or Engineering or Arts, for example) and obtain a Letter of Consideration or similar documentation. (This documentation is in your best interests as well, in case the repercussions of the traumatic event extended for longer than you had expected.) You are also encouraged to visit UBC Student Health Services or Counselling Services (or your own health care provider).
There will be no make-up quizzes; if you have a documented excuse for missing a quiz, your quiz average will simply be computed from the remaining quizzes.
If a student has more than one missed quiz with documented excuses, the formula for computing their overall grade may be modified to put more weight on the final exam and less weight on the quizzes. In no circumstance, however, can a student have 100% of their assessment based on the final examination. A student who has not completed a substantial portion of the term work (for example, a student who misses most quizzes) will not be admitted to the final examination.
- Missing the Final Exam: You will need to present your situation to the Dean's Office of your Faculty to be considered for a deferred exam. See the Calendar for
detailed regulations. Your performance in a course up to the exam is taken into consideration in granting a deferred exam status (e.g. failing badly generally means you won't be granted a deferred exam). In Mathematics, generally students sit the next available exam for the course they are taking, which could be several months after the original exam was scheduled.
Academic Misconduct
UBC takes cheating incidents very seriously. After due investigation, students found guilty of Acadademic Misconduct often results in a one-year suspension from the University and a notation of academic discipline on the student's record. More information can be found here.
While students are encouraged to study together, they should be aware that blatant copying of another student's work is a serious breach of academic integrity. Please discuss with your instructors their expectations for acceptable collaboration on any assigned coursework. Cases of suspected cheating will be investigated thoroughly.
Note that academic misconduct includes misrepresenting a medical excuse or other personal situation for the purposes of postponing an examination or quiz or otherwise obtaining an academic concession.
Final Examination
The final eamination for MATH 104 will take place on Thursday, June 29, from noon-2:30 PM at ANGU 098.
You should bring your UBC student ID to the final, as well as something to write with. (Pens are preferred, but pencils are allowed as long as they write darkly enough to be easily read. Ren pens are not allowed.) The final is completely closed book: you cannot bring any books or notes of any kind with you. Also, you cannot use calculators on the final. You will not be allowed to have phones, pencil cases, digital watches, or other electronic devices out while taking the final, nor will you be allowed to use headphones or earbuds; you will not be allowed to wear a baseball cap or any other hat with a brim.
As part of your preparation to the exam, I recommend setting aside 2.5 hours to take a past final exam under exam conditions (closed book, no phones).
Make sure that any travel plans you might make don't conflict with sitting the exam at this time. The final exam will cover the entire syllabus for the course.
UBC has very detailed policies about what constitutes a conflict with a final examination and what constitutes an exam hardship that requires rescheduling. If you have difficulties, disabilities, religious conflict, or three exams in a 24-hour period, check that web page to find out how to request an accommodation.
From the Faculty of Science web site: "Students who miss a final exam due to illness or extreme personal distress and would like to apply for a deferred exam (a.k.a. SD) must report to the Science Information Centre within 48 hours of the missed exam...." Your performance in a course up to the exam is taken into consideration in granting a deferred exam status (for example, failing badly generally means you won't be granted a deferred exam). In Mathematics, generally students sit the next available exam for the course they are taking, which could be several months after the original exam was scheduled.
A student who wishes to view their final exam for pedagogic purposes may initiate this process by filling out the appropriate Mathematics department form. Note that this viewing of a final exam cannot change the grade of a final exam (except in the case of an obvious addition or recording error). Requesting a regrade of a final exam would be done at the university level by initiating a review of assigned standing procedure.
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