Math 184 Section 103
Differential Calculus for Commerce and the Social Sciences
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Final exam Dec 11 at 12:00 room PHRM 1101 (Pharmacy).
Our common midterm ( Midterm solution ) on Thursday Nov 7 had a class average of 53 with a median of 56 and standard deviation about the same large amount. I was happy to see many improvements, particularly in the early short answer questions which were certainly challenging. I will discuss some of the challenges of the midterm with you either Wednesday or Friday.
The material for that midterm will essentially be all the material up to and including finding the max of a function and curve sketching (i.e. last week's material) but not this weeks material on Optimization.
Mock Midterm 2 and
Our section specific midterm was given Friday October 25 in class 4-5.
Solutions. The class average was 55 with a standard deviation of 19.7 (big).
My goal was to help improve your performance on the final exam.
I have office hours Tuesday 4-5 in Math Annex 1118 and will have further office hours on Thursday 4-5. You may consider the 184 PASS sessions for Wednesday after class. I will not answer any questions after noon on Friday before the midterm.
I am posting the four tests I gave in 2006 which may help. You have to decide which questions are relevant given our place in the material.
First midterm was Thursday October 10. The solution to the two midterms (the standard midterm and the alternate) can be found on common course website or :
solutions to Midterm Oct 9.
solutions to Alternate midterm around Oct 9.
The results for our section were poor with 48% average and a median of 48% with a relatively flat distribution. Standard Deviation was 10.5
Students are reminded of the Math 184 Peer Assisted Study Sessions (184 PASS!)
that are available as follows:
Monday 5 - 6 pm in MATH 204 and Monday 7 - 8 pm in Totem Park,
Salish House Lounge. Also Wednesday 5 - 6 pm in MATH 204 and Wednesday 7 - 8 pm in Totem
Park, Salish House Lounge.
These informal drop-in study sessions will provide you
with techniques to effectively learn the material in Math 184, as well as
targeted support in areas that you find particularly challenging. They
will be led senior undergraduate students, Polly and Semih. Some other resources are the Math Learning Centre in LSK 301 and 302. Math 104 problem solving sessions were offered
for MATH 104 but for which you are welcome to attend are scheduled in LSK 300.
While I cannot comment on the value of the following sessions I was asked to mention them: There are SOS Math 104/184 Exam Aid sessions on October 8 from 7:30-9:30 in Henry Angus 335. I gather they are run in a non-profit way with donations going to build sustainable schools in Latin America. You might inquire. I will also be available for questions before the midterm.
Classes cancelled Wednesday September 18. This includes workshops. Our grading scheme for the workshops has the best 10 out of 12 workshops to count to a grade out of 10. Those with Wednesday workshops will then have the best 10 out of the 11 remaining workshops (including the September 11 workshop already given) to give their grade.
Lectures 4-5 Monday, Wednesday and Friday (never forget Friday!)
in LSK 201
Common Course website contains the rules/procedures/syllabus/grading scheme
Weekly Outline:. etc for the course. While I will vary from this a little you should use the common website for information. Solutions to workshops will be posted after the workshops are over for the week at
Workshop Solutions website .
Handouts or activities specific to this section will appear on this website.
Common midterms scheduled for early evening Thursday October 10 and early evening Thursday November 7. Our section has an additional midterm Friday October 25. These are fixed dates. If you have problems with these contact me in the first week of classes otherwise treat these as final exams with a fixed date and time. The final exam schedule is not prepared until much later in the term and again the date scheduled is not flexible.
You may feel that you are in the wrong course. You may wish to transfer to a course with more emphasis on the basic algebra such as MATH 110 (6 credits) or Continuing Education non credit course 001 or 003. You may feel your background is good enough that you do not need the workshop and then you take MATH 104 a 3 credit course or if you are highly able in Mathematics you could consider the honours course MATH 120, a 4 credit course. I can provide advice. The basic skills test or term tests may help you decide. Most of you are in the right course; don't worry.
I arrive most days by 9:30. I teach MATH 443 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00.
I typically do not read my email from home (i.e. evenings and weekends).
Course Outline: grading scheme etc.
Business/Economics problem for p,q,R,C,P.
Business/Economics problem for p,q,R,C,P that was given on a test and worth 17 marks out of 100 for a 50 minute test.
How we can define an exponential function by limits.
A number of you referred to difficulties with the algebra in the shrinking circle problem. Kelly Paton, another instructor posted a solution to shrinking circle problem
Runners Problem. and the Intermediate Value Theorem.
A way to see that differentiable functions are locally linear. We use this idea in what follows.
Alternate motivations for Chain and Product Rule. using linear approximations.
Using our derivative rules. Some examples and discussion of calculator ready form in this context.
Notes on Marginal Cost, Marginal Revenue and Marginal Profit from common website.
Notes on Elasticity from common website.
Notes on Compounding from common website.
Related Rates problems from common website.
Balloon Advertising. (from test 4 from 2006)
Optimization problems from common website.