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Math 20C
Calculus & Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering

Updated 1/4/13

Course:  Math 20C

Title:  Calculus & Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering

Reading:  Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.  It will be expected that you read the assigned material in advance of each lecture.

Calculus Tutoring Lab:  A tutoring lab for Calculus students will generally be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm in APM B402;   please see the Calculus Tutoring page and follow the link in the Tutoring Lab section for a complete listing of dates and times when the tutoring lab is open.  There will usually be at least 2 tutors and/or TAs available to help with homework, calculators, and coursework.   We strongly recommend that you make use of the Calculus Tutoring Lab.

Calculators:   Please Note: Calculators will not be allowed on exams.

For homework, you may use any handheld graphing calculator
would be putting the Wolfram Alpha app on your ipod,iphone,ipad or android device ($2.99).
Also you can use it on the web for free, but it is slower. For more detail see Wolfram Alpha

If you would rather go with a calculator, the TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus or similar calculators are suitable and strong enough for M20C. More powerful calculators with a built-in CAS, such as a TI-89, should only be purchased if you expect to need it for your future work.

Long term: A better long term investmant than a $100 calculator (in Prof. Helton's opinion) is one of the 3Ms: Maple, Mathematica, or Matlab for your laptop; about $150, which you certainly do not need for this course. In various majors you are likley to buy one of these Eg in Physics they use Mathematica while in Electrical or many parts of Mechanical Engineering they use Matlab. So getting good with which ever one you pick early is an advantage.
Technology changes fast so let me know which of this advice helped you.
Remember: Calculators will not be allowed on exams, so do not get too dependent on them

Homework:  Homework problems will be assigned on the course homework page, and will be collected at the beginning of class `You may work together with your classmates on your homework and/or ask the instructors, the TAs, or tutors in the calculus lab for help on assigned homework problems. However, the work you turn in should be your own. Your lowest homework grade will be dropped from the average. No late homework assignments will be accepted. Please adhere to the following neatness guidelines for homework that you turn in to be graded; homework not conforming to these guidelines may not receive full credit and may not be graded at all.

  1. Use clean paper (graphed or lined is okay) that is not torn from a spiral note book.
  2. Write your name and section clearly on the front page of your comp leted assignment.
  3. Start the problems coming from each section at the top of a sheet of paper
  4. Clearly number each solution and present them in numerical order.
  5. Leave at least one line of space between each problem.
  6. Write clearly and legibly.
  7. Write your section number in the upper right corner of the paper in font 1 inch high.(Your grades are recorded by section)

Midterm Exams:  There will be two midterm exams.   There will be no makeup exams.

Final Examination:  The final examination will be held at the date and time stated in the course calendar.

Regrade Policy:  Homework and midterm exams will be returned in the discussion sections. If you believe there might be an error in the grading and wish to have your homework or exam regraded, you must observe the following rules:

  1. Return your homework or exam immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the homework or exam leaves the room.
  2. Retrieve your homework or exam during discussion section or arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was made available for pickup (i.e., returned) in section. In order to be considered, regrade requests must be submitted within one week after being returned in section.

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by your weighted average at the end of the term. This average will be evaluated on a curve comparing it to others. Your weighted averages will be gotten from:

In addition,  you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course. If you miss an exam then bring a documented reason such as a doctors note and give advance notice if possible. Note: Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss a midterm exam, then your course grade will count the final exam more heavily to compensate for the missing midterm grade.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD.  Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university.  It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity.

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