MATH 180 — Differential Calculus with Physical Applications

Session 2013S Term 1 (May–June 2013)

This page gives course policies, the course outline, suggested homework problems, some old exams, other course information, and information on available resources.


Class notes and other materials

UBC Calendar Description: Derivatives of elementary functions. Applications and modeling: graphing, optimization.

Textbook: Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 7th edition or Single Variable Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 7th edition, both by James Stewart
Note 1: There are two versions of this textbook. The textbook Calculus covers single-variable, multivariable, and vector calculus, while Single Variable Calculus covers single-variable calculus only. Both versions include all the material needed for MATH 180. You may be able to use older editions as well.
Note 2: The UBC Bookstore sells a package that includes the textbook Calculus,, the Student Solutions Manual for Single Variable Calculus, The Mathematics Survival Kit (a workbook for precalculus review), and some calculus learning software.
Note 3: You might be able to use the textbook Calculus in follow-up UBC MATH second- and third-year multivariable- and vector-calculus courses (MATH 200, 217, 226, 227, 253, 263, and 317), depending on future textbook adoptions for these courses. Decisions on textbook adoptions for these courses in 2012W will be made in the spring of 2013.


Math instructors do not have the authority to sign forms to change course registration. The Mathematics Department handles all requests for registration changes centrally. See for information on how to change your MATH course registration.


Name: Costanza Piccolo
Office: LSK 202C
Phone #: 604-822-5731
Email: costanza at math dot ubc dot ca
Office Hours: Monday, 2-3pm; Wednesdays 6-7pm; or by appointment (please email me to set up an appointment).



Quizzes: Tuesday May 21, Monday June 3, Monday June 17.

Midterm Exam 1: Wednesday May 29

Midterm Exam 2: Monday June 10

Final Exam: Wednesday June 26.

Missed Quizzes or Midterms: If a quiz is missed for a documented medical or other reason, it will be ignored. Permission to write a makeup midterm may be granted in the following two circumstances: (a) prior notice of a valid, documented absence (e.g. out-of-town varsity athletic commitment accompanied by a letter from a coach) on the scheduled date; or (b) notification to the instructor within 72 hours of absence due to medical condition. Original written documentation, for example a doctor’s note, is required; otherwise, a score of 0 will be given for the missed quiz or midterm.



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The following resources are available for getting help in the course, in addition to your instructor’s office hours: