Course Information

Instructor: Avner Segal.

Office: MATH 209.


Lectures: Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM and TueWThu 1:00-3:00 PM at L.S. Klinck (LSK) 200.

Office hours: Mondays 2-4pm, Tuesdays and Thursdya 3-4pm @ LSK 300C

Office hours on exam week: Monday and Tuesday 2-4pm @ LSK 300C (or LSK 301)


(June 25) Your term grades are now being uploaded to Canvas. What do you need to know inorder to read the grades:

  • HW1-HW5 represent your grade for the homework assignmnets out of 10 points.
  • HW-Avergae represents the average of the best 4 assignments out of HW1-5, out of 10 points.
  • WWAverage represents your average WebWork grade. This is the average of the best 5 out of 6 WW assignments computed out of 15 points. Student which completed the diagnostic test recieved a bonus point, so they could have scored 16 points here.
  • Midterm/40 represents your raw midterm grade.
  • Midterm/25 represents your midterm grade out of 25 points (computed as ROUNDUP(25*Midterm/40))
  • Please ignore any other column which might be presented by Canvas (such as "Total" or "Assignments").
  • DNW means that you have not written the midterm without supplying a doctor's note.
  • MD means thath you haven't wrote the midterm and supplied me with a doctor's note, your final grade will be carried instead of your midterm grade.
  • TBD means "To be Decided", that would imply that we have a reason to suspect an academic misconduct with regards to your work. You will be contacted by the IIC and invited to a talk with him. You're term grade would be decided only after that.
  • Also, you can read the letter I have sent you on Friday here

    (June 7) A blank copy of the midterm can be found here and solutions can be found here. Please take the time to read a few remarks on the midterm.

    (June 4) Today's office hours will be held in my office, MATH 209.

    (May 31) The solutions to the example midter can be found here.

    (May 28) Note that the date and time of the final examination were published on the SSC exam schedule. It is going to be held on June 28th 3:30-6pm at ANGU 098.

    (May 24) This is a reminder that we will have an in-class midterm on June 4th. The material will include all of the material of the first three weeks of the course. An exmaple midterm can be found here. Note that the example was desgined as a 1 hour midterm and our midterm will be 50 minutes long so it will be slightly shorter (5 questions instead of 6). Solutions to the example midterm will be published next Thursday.

    (May 14) There will be no office hours today.


    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

    The grade in this course will be based on homework assignments (both written and WebWork), a midterm and the final exam.

    Your grade will be broken down as follows:

    Component Weight Date Notes
    Webwork 15% Every week, Monday-following Tuesday
    Written homework / Take-home quizzes 10% Weeks 2,3 4, 5 and 6
    You will get the assignments on Wednsesday (in class!) and will submit them on Thursday every week.
    Midterm 25% In class, June 4th
    Final Exam 50% June 28th

    Note that, according to the math department policy, a student must score at least 40% on the final exam to pass the course, regardless of the grade computed by the normal calculation.

    How to View Your Final Exam:

    A student who wishes to view their final exam for pedagogic purposes may initiate this process by filling out this form and emailing to your instructor, not the IIC. Note that this viewing of a final exam cannot change the grade of a final exam, it is solely to assist you with your continual learning. You may discuss mathematics and how to improve, but not discuss grading schemes.

    How to Challenge Your Grade:

    Requesting a regrade of a final exam would be done at the university level by initiating a review of assigned standing procedure. Note that your grade may go up or down.

    Course Policies

    1. 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.)

    2. IMPORTANT: In order to pass the course, you MUST score at least 40% in the final exam.

    3. IMPORTANT: The final mark distribution of the term work 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.

    4. 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.

    5. No calculators will be allowed on the midterms or the final examination.

    6. If you miss the midterm, 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 the midterm.

      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.

    7. All six WeBWorK assignments will be counted equally (regardless of which assignments have more or fewer problems), except that the lowest score will automatically be dropped. If you have an illness or other circumstance that prevents you from completing one of the WeBWorK assignments, don't worry—you don't have to do anything, and your grade will not suffer, since that assignment will just be dropped. (You should still complete the problems later, though, since the purpose of the WeBWorK assignments is to give you practice on the types of problems that will appear on the exams.)
      If you have a valid excuse for missing more than one WeBWorK assignment, you should follow the procedures under "Missed midterm" above.
      A bonus will be given to students which will complete the diagnostic test.
      Also, note that while for most problems you have an unlimited number of attempts, for some of the multipile choice problems you will have a limited number of attempts.

    8. A similar policy holds for the written homework assignments. All five written homework assignments will be counted equally and the lowest score will be dropped. If you have a valid excuse for missing more than one written assignment, you should follow the procedures under "Missed midterm" above.
      If you are unable to attend class on Wednesday for a valid reason (see the policy regarding the midterm), you may request a copy of the assignment by mail. If you are unable to attend class on Thursday (for a valid reason) and submit the assignment, it is preferable that you send the assignment with a friend; if you are unable to do that, you may send the assignment by mail.
      IMPORTANT: A printed/photo-copied assignment will not be accepted! The assignment should be filled in by you hand-writing as if it were an actual exam. Having said that, you should make a copy of the assignment before submitting it.

    9. 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.

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