Math 20C Syllabus
Title: Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering
Credit Hours: 4
(Two units of credit given if taken after Math 10C. Credit not offered for both Math 20C and 31BH. Formerly numbered Math 21C.)
AP Calculus BC score of 4 or 5, or Math 20B with a grade of C- or better.
Vector geometry, vector functions and their derivatives. Partial differentiation. Maxima and minima. Double integration.
Textbook: The required textbook for the course is
Rogawski, Calculus Early Transcendentals: Multivariable with Achieve (4th edition).
- We will use Chapters 11--15 of the text.
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.
Piazza: The instructors and TAs will be offering help on Piazza Monday-Friday.
Only comments/questions pertaining to the mathematical content of the course are allowed.
Any postings that do not meet this criteria will be deleted and Piazza privileges may be removed.
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor.
Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
There are to be no offensive comments or language.
Homework: Homework is a very important part of the course, and in order to fully master the
topics, it is essential that you work carefully on every assignment and try your best to complete
every problem. We will have two different kinds of homework assignments in this class: online
homework (which will be graded) and textbook homework (which will not be graded).
- Online homework will be done through Achieve. There will be 10 problem sets. Your cumulative homework grade will be based on the best 9 of the 10 online homework sets.
Note that for each HW assignment, late submissions are automatically enabled for 4 days after the original due date. There is a 5% cumulative penalty per day.
- The "paper-and-pen" homework assignments will be announced
These assignments will not be turned in and will not be graded; however,
if you seek help from the instructor or TAs, they will often do these problems.
- You can also get help with the textbook homework in the
Drop-in Content Tutoring.
A Student Solutions Manual (available in the Bookstore) has complete solutions for
odd-numbered problems in the text.
It may be helpful to check the accuracy of your homework with a calculator.
However, work the problems by hand, since
you will not be allowed access to any electronic computing devices during exams.
Quizzes: There will be five quizzes.
See the Calendar page and the Homework page
for the exact dates as well as sections covered in each quiz.
Quizzes are available on Achieve from 9 am to 10 pm (PT) on the scheduled days.
Once you start the quiz, you will have 40 minutes to submit it.
Submissions will not be accepted after your time (40 min) expires or after 10 pm (PT) on the scheduled days.
- No make-up quizzes will be given. However, our grading schemes (see below) will drop one or two lowest quiz grades.
- You may use the course textbook and any notes from Canvas when you take the quizzes.
- You may use a calculator when you take the quizzes. (However, calculators are not allowed during the exams.)
- You may not use any other notes or online resources when you take the quizzes.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam (90 min.) and a final exam (3 hr.).
Exams will be in-person unless the university policies require otherwise.
- Midterm 8:00 - 9:30 pm on October 25
- Final Exam 3:00 - 5:59 pm on December 3
- Unless otherwise permitted explicitly in the instructions, you can use one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of handwritten notes.
- Please bring your student ID to the exam.
- You should not enroll in the class if you cannot attend the exams at their scheduled time.
- Calculators are not allowed during the exams.
- Students suspected of academic dishonesty will have a follow up Zoom oral meeting about the exam with me. AI violations will be taken seriously, and will have serious consequences.
Grading: There are two methods to determine your course grade:
- Method 1: 15% Homework (Best 9 out of 10), 23% Quiz (Best 4 out of 5), 2% DI Attendance (at least 6 out of 9 discussion sessions), 25% Midterm 35% Final Exam
- Method 2: 15% Homework (Best 9 out of 10), 20% Quiz (Best 3 out of 5), 2% DI Attendance (at least 6 out of 9 discussion sessions), 20% Midterm 43% Final Exam
Your grade will be computed using both methods and then the better grade will be used.
After your weighted average is calculated,
letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale:
We may adjust the scale to be more lenient,
but we guarantee that the grade corresponding to a given percentage
will not be lower than specified by the above scale.
There will be no curve,
but we may adjust the scale to be more lenient (depending on the
performance of the class). Please note that there are no D grades in the
Math 10 and 20 calculus sequences.
Please notice that outside factors,
including the need for a certain grade for admission/retention in any
academic program, scholarship or transfer credit, graduation
requirements or personal desire for a specific grade DO NOT appear in
the above calculations, and thus are not considered in any way in the
determination of your course grade. Effort, improvement, class
attendance and participation will all dramatically improve your grade in
the course in that they will allow you to do well on exams,
and the final exam. They will NOT, however, actively participate in the
calculation of your course grade.
Regrades: Your exams will be graded using Gradescope.
You will be able to request a regrade via Gradescope for a specified window of time.
Be sure to make your request within the specified window of time; no regrade requests
will be accepted after the deadline.
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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Accommodations: Students requesting accommodations and services due to a disability for
this course need to provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by
the Office for
Students with Disabilities (OSD) , prior to eligibility for requests. Receipt of AFAs in advance is necessary
for appropriate planning for the provision of reasonable accommodations. OSD Academic Liaisons also need to
receive current AFA letters.
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