Math 184 - Differential Calculus for Social Science and Commerce
- (Dec 01) Office hours next week will be held on Wednesday (Dec 6th) and Thursday (Dec 7th) 10am-12pm at MATX 1118.
- (Dec 01) The Commerce Mentorship Program is running a review session this Saturday, December 2 from 12-2 PM in BUCH A103.
In order to register they advise that you should both click "Going" on their Facebook event page and register through our Google Form signup (Please select option "1. Saturday, December 2" for the MATH 184 specific session).
- (Nov 29) Please fill the teaching evaluations.
- (Nov 29) Quiz 5 can be collected from the MLC. The grades are on connect. I also uploaded your quiz average (marks are out of 5 points!).
- (Nov 22) Office hours next week (Nov 27 and 29) will occur at MATX 1101. Midterm 2 grades are on connect (out of 50!) and the midterms can be collected at office hours.
- (Nov 14) The grades for quiz 4 or on connect and the quizzes can be picked up from the MLC.
- (Nov 1) 1. Quiz 3 can be collected from the MLC. 2. Note that the starting time of midterm II has moved to 7:15pm instead of 7pm.
- (Oct 31) The Commerce mentorship program are running another (free) midterm review session for midterm 2 this Saturday, November 4th from 12 to 3 PM in LSK 200. For more information and registration see http://bit.ly/CMPMATH104184Midterm2.
- (Oct 30) Dear Students, If you have an academic conflict with Math 184 Midterm 2 scheduled on November 15 (Wednesday) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and would like to be considered for a makeup midterm, you must e-mail your instructor by 10:00 am on Nov. 6 with the following information:
1) full student name and student ID number,
2) section number of Math 184 you are registered in,
3) course number and time of the the course that conflicts with the Math 184 Midterm 2,
4) the instructor's name of the the course that conflicts with the Math 184 Midterm 2.
- (Oct 27) Since I am out of town next week, I will not hold any office hours. Namely, office hours on ct 30th and Nov 1st are canceled.
- (Oct 18) The midterm grades on connect are out of 50 and not a 100! You can collect them during office hours.
- (Oct 4) Office hours today are canceled! Instead, I will hold office hours on Friday October 6th, 10-12 in MATH 217.
- (Sep 29) The Commerce Mentorship Program is offering a free midterm review seesion on Sunday, October 1st from 12 to 2 PM in LSK 200. For more details, see bit.ly/CMPMATH104184Midterm1.
- (Sep 27) Grades for quiz #1 are in Connect and the quizzes themselves can be collected from the MLC, make sure to bring your UBC ID with you.
- (Sep 23) A message from the IIC:
Please be informed that any wrong answers in WebWork due to using the wrong syntax (e.g. getting an answer wrong for using "Dne" instead of "DNE") can't be changed
and will be counted as a wrong answer.
To avoid these kind of mistakes *always read the instructions before any individual problem!*
- (Sep 20)
If you have an academic conflict with Math 184 midterm 1 scheduled on October 10
(Tuesday) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and would like to be considered for a makeup midterm,
e-mail me by 10:00 am on Sep. 25 with the following information:
1) Full student name and student ID number.
2) Course number and time of the the course that conflicts with the Math 184 midterm 1.
3) The instructor's name of the the course that conflicts with the Math 184 midterm 1.
- (Sep 18) Note that the MLC is now open!
- (Sep 06) Welcome to MATH 184!
Note that you need both a total grade of more than 50% and at least 40% in the final exam in order to pass the course.
- 50% Final exam - December 8th (Friday) 12:00pm at SRC C
- 12.5% Midterm I - October 10th (Tuesday) 7:00pm-8:00pm at IBLC 182
- 12.5% Midterm II - November 15th (Wednesday) 7:15pm-8:15pm at MATH 100 (note that this is not the same room as in the first midterm)
- 10% Webwork
- 10% Workshops
- 5% Section specific: There will be 5 in-class quizzes during the term. More details bellow.
UAYOR (Use at your own risk).
Information about quizzes:
Information about grades and regrades:
- There are going to be 5 quizzes. The dates are listed in the following table.
- Quizzes will be held at the *END* of class.
- During the quiz everything should be put into your bag including: books, notebooks, electronic devices (!), pencil cases, hats etc. The only objects you are allowed to have on the table are: writing instruments, UBC card and water bottles. In fact, you must have your UBC card on the table!
- The quizzes will be 15 minutes long + 1 extra minute at the end to finish writing what you were writing (please do not use this time to start something new).
- At the begining of the quiz, make sure that you put your name (as appears in the SSC) and student number. If you fail to do this, your mark on the quiz will be 0.
- The material relevant to each quiz is detailed in the following table. Bear in mind that current material usually relies on previous material. For example, the material for quiz 3 is based on the material for quiz 2.
- The grades for each grades are on the scale of 0-20.
- At the end of the term, I will add up the grades of all quizes (which will be on the cale 0-100), divide by 20 and round; this will be your section sppecific grade.
- Grades will appear on Connect. Make sure the grade in Connect matches the grade on your quiz.
- If you were exempted from the quiz (for a valid reason) make sure the recod on Connect for this quiz is "EXEMPT". If you did not write the quiz and did not supply a good reason to be exempted it will say DNW and it will count as a 0.
- If you wish to ask for a regrade, please read the following instructions:
- The weight of quizzes in the final grade is 5% and there are 5 quizzes, so each quiz is worth 1 mark out of the final grade. Please make sure that the regrade is worth your time (i.e. think twice before you ask for a regrade worth 1-2 marks).
- If you decide to proceed and ask for a regrade, print this form, fill it out, staple it to your quiz and submit to me no later the following quiz. Regrades for quiz #5 will be accepted until the end of the term.
- Do not write on the quiz itself! I have a scan of your quiz and any change from the scanned version will be treated as cheating!
Some advice about studying to quizzes (and midterms):
| Quiz #
||Quizzes and Solutions
| Quiz #1
|| Sections: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1
Basic buisness problem
| September 22nd
|| blank: A B C
solutions: A B C
| Quiz #2
|| Sections: 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2
|| October 4th
|| blank: A B C
solutions: A B C
| Quiz #3
|| Sections: 3.3-3.10, 6.8
|| October 27th
|| blank: A B C
solutions: A B C
| Quiz #4
|| Sections: 2.4, 2.5, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 6.8 (Compounded interest)
|| November 10th
|| blank: A B C
solutions: A B C
| Quiz #5
|| 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
|| November 24th
|| blank: A B C
solutions: A B C
- Recite the material regularly and do the suggested homework.
- Prepaer a cheat-sheet (you are not allowed to use in the exam, but preparing one helps you to prepare for the exam).
- Take a practice exam in exam like condition. Make sure that the material in the practice exam is relevant and time yourself!
- After diong the practice exam, figure out the "kind of problems" that you don't manage to finish "on time" and practice them.
All of the following resources are free:
- Real-life help:
- Get help online:
- Piazza page
This is a newsgroup like message board where students can go online and post questions that your fellow students and instructors can answer.
On your first time in Piazza you will first need to register:
- Mathematics Stackexchange: Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for more advanced questions. People studying math at any level and professionals in related fields use it regularly. Click here.
- Old Exams and Quizzes:
- Other textbooks: If you feel like you need more material to read inorder to understand a topic, the following calculus books are free:
- CLP Notes which were written for Mathematics 100 and 180 by three UBC faculty, Joel Feldman, Andrew Rechnitzer and Elyse Yeager. Their page also contains a pretty substantial problem set.
- Mooculus by Fowler and Snapp- download link. Their site also has links to video lectures which you might find useful.
- APEX Calculus
- Active Calculus
- Mathematical software:
- Precalculus review:
- Other resources:
- Other important links:
General advice for success:
Effort pays off! It is simply untrue that people have a fixed amount of math ability that determines how well they do. Just like any other skill, doing mathematics becomes easier with hard work, practice, and willingness to challenge yourself.
Stay caught up! Mathematics is a very cumulative subject: what we learn one week depends crucially on understanding what we learned the week
before. Students who fall behind early struggle to catch up for the rest of the course.
Put in the hours! Remember the 2-to-1 rule for
university courses: expect to spend an average of 2 hours outside of class for every 1 hour spent in class. In our course, that means 6 hours per week, in
addition to coming to lectures, is quite reasonable (and some students will spend more than that). Jump right in and start spending that time; don't wait
until later in the course.
Work on the homework problems! The WeBWorK problems and the Suggested Problems are the most direct way to practice for the exams; in particular, the Suggested Problems are very much like the quizzes and the final exam problems. It's tempting to try to find some short cut to obtaining the answers, such as
taking dictation from a fellow student or searching the internet. Besides the fact that cheating in this way violates UBC's academic misconduct policies, it's important to realize that working on the homework is the primary way for you to learn the course material. Learning to do mathematics is like learning to do anything else: you can't learn how just by watching someone else do it. Take it from someone with years of experience teaching university courses: people who work through the homework problems (including the Suggested Problems) do better on the exams. It's that simple.
Don't give up! In earlier math courses, everything we needed to be able to do might have been conveniently
written in boxed formulas that we can instantly apply. In more advanced mathematics courses, however, we don't always immediately know the correct way to proceed; sometimes trial and error is necessary, and there's nothing at all wrong with this. Trying, struggling, going back to another idea, making mistakes, fixing them—these are all part of the learning process.
Use our helpful resources! If you are stuck in the middle of a homework problem or a concept from the course, you are on the cusp of a great learning moment. The instructors, the TAs who staff the Math Learning Centre, and your fellow students on Piazza are very happy to help you see the way past that obstacle. That list of resources also includes ways to address larger issues such as study difficulties, health issues, disabilities, and extreme stress.
Consciously address what you find hard! Why do some people get better quickly when they work hard, while others don't seem to progress as fast? One answer is that deliberate practice is much more effective than going through the work just for the sake of finishing it. From a Freakonomics blog post (boldface is my emphasis): “For example, in school and college, to develop mathematics and science expertise, we must somehow think deeply about the problems and reflect on what did and did not work. One method comes from the physicist John Wheeler (the PhD advisor of Richard Feynman). Wheeler recommended that, after we solve any problem, we think of one sentence that we could tell our earlier self that would have ‘cracked’ the problem. This kind of thinking turns each problem and its solution into an opportunity for reflection and for developing transferable reasoning tools.” Stephen Chew lists several ways to develop and improve your study skills, summarized by “unplug and think hard about the meaning of the concepts you're studying”.
Suggested Homework (From the common webpage):
This section contains a list of problems from the textbook. These are not to be turned in, but working through them will help crystallize the concepts covered in class. Not all parts of a textbook section will be emphasized equally in lectures, and these problems serve as guidelines for identifying the important and relevant parts that constitute the course syllabus. Exam questions will be largely modelled on these problems.
- Section 1.3: 3, 5, 11, 15, 17, 19, 25, 27, 29, 41, 43, 45, 53, 55, 70, 71, 72, 73, 79, 81, 91.
- Section 2.1: 3, 5, 7, 11, 15, 29.
- Section 2.2: 2, 5, 10, 11, 21, 23, 27, 29, 43.
- Section 2.3: 5, 10, 26, 29, 33, 34, 37, 40, 41, 46, 47, 51, 68.
- Section 2.6: 8, 10, 18, 23, 39, 58, 65, 84, 85.
- Section 3.1: 2, 10, 23, 56, 63.
- Section 3.2: 9, 10, 15, 19.
- Section 3.3: 19-24, 28, 33, 36, 38, 41, 54, 62, 72, 79.
- Section 3.4: 7-14, 15, 31, 34, 51, 54, 59, 60, 72, 85, 87.
- Section 3.5: 6, 17-28, 46, 62, 66.
- Section 3.6: 7, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 35, 41, 42, 46, 47.
- Section 3.7: 2, 4, 5, 6, 35, 36, 38, 50, 51, 52, 79, 81, 82, 88, 93, 99, 100.
- Section 3.8: 2, 3, 10, 12, 18, 24, 27, 28, 51, 54, 56, 60, 61, 75,
- Section 3.9: 1, 2, 6, 12, 16, 19, 54, 57, 60, 65, 68, 97, 105.
- Section 6.8: 1, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 30, 38
- Section 3.11: 3, 10, 15, 19, 22, 24, 29, 46.
- Section 4.1: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 20, 24, 30, 31, 33, 52, 54, 58, 61, 62, 66, 79.
- Section 4.2: 1, 2, 3, 12, 16, 22, 34, 40, 46, 47, 50, 60, 64, 68, 70, 79, 80, 97, 98, 100.
- Section 2.4: 9, 11, 17, 19, 21.
- Section 2.5: 28, 32, 52, 53, 57, 68.
- Section 4.3: 2, 3, 8, 13, 19, 25, 30, 35, 36, 48, 49, 70.
- Section 4.4: 2, 3, 4, 6, 15, 17, 21, 22, 26, 29, 31, 37, 39, 54, 61, 63.
- Section 4.5: Quick Checks: 1-4; Exercises: 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 18, 24, 26, 30, 37, 38, 47, 51, 57, 61, 63.
- Section 9.1: 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 17, 21, 31, 39, 42, 43, 73.
- Section 3.10: 7-12, 22, 26.
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