- Here are the Weeks 9 and 10 Learning Goals. Note that most instructors will be completing topics from Week 7 this week.
- Here are the solutions and marking scheme for the midterm. Note that the marking scheme is set up to reward basic understanding of the core concepts and somewhat downplays algebraic errors. This is in keeping with the ``mastery" perspective on grading that says a grade of C means that you have a basic mastery but still have problems with technical skills.
- I point to Course Policy 1, which says that students who have a signficantly better performance on the final exam may have that performance weighted more heavily. I will post a document that shows you how we will do this so you understand how we compute your final grade in such cases.
- The overall average and median for this midterm were in the low 60s. This is usual in MATH 101. Assuming students work hard in the course, I would hope to see an improvement in performance on the final exam. Read Course Policy 2 to see the consequence of this on final grades via scaling. We do not do any scaling of grades until the end of the course.
- It is worth re-reading the document on grades in light of your experience writing the midterm; in particular, you should think about the concept of ``mastery" and how grades indicate your own level of mastery of the course material: The Instructor-in-Charge shares a perspective on grades and grading. This tells you more than you might want to know about grades and how your professors look at them.
- Here are some suggested problems.
This is the common page for all sections of MATH 101 in Term 2 of the 2013W session (January to April 2014). This page gives the course outline, suggested homework problems, course policies, other course information, and information on available resources. For section-specific information, please contact your instructor.
Text: Calculus: Early Transcendentals 7th Edition by James Stewart.
This book is available at the UBC Bookstore. We have used this book for the past several year's, so there will be used copies around. If you wish to use a previous edition, it will be your responsibility to manage the differences between editions.
Your grade normally will be computed based on the following formula: 50% Final Exam + 30% 1 Midterm + 10% WebWork Assignments + 10% Homework, Quizzes, and other coursework assigned by individual instructors. Please note that grades may be scaled to ensure fairness across sections; the final exam results will be used to do this scaling and term grades may go up or down as a result. The midterm and the final exam are common to all sections. Note that a student must score at least 40% on the final exam to pass the course, regardless of the grade computed by the normal calculation.
First year can be an overwhelming experience for many students. If you
find yourself having serious academic difficulties in this course, it is
best to talk to your instructor as soon as you can.
- The final examination in April for this course will be common to all sections of MATH 101. This examination will account for 50% of a student's final grade. The remaining 50% will be based on term work. The final examination generally will not be weighted higher for students who perform better on the final examination than they did during the term, although some allowance may be made for students who perform much better on the final examination than they did during the term. (In practice, this rarely happens and the criterion will be set by the Instructor-in-charge and applied uniformly across all sections.)
The final examination is board marked (i.e. all instructors teaching this course mark the exams together) to ensure consistency and fairness across sections.
- IMPORTANT: The final mark distribution of the term work of each section may be
scaled based on the final exam mark distribution of that section. These adjusted term marks would then be used to compute a student's final grade. Any scaling is performed to ensure fairness in the final grades across sections.
- No unauthorized electronic devices will be allowed at the final examination. This includes cell phones, smart phones, music players, and all other such devices. Formula sheets and other memory aids will not be allowed.
- No calculators will be allowed on the midterm or the final examination.
- Midterm: There will be one common midterm in MATH 101. The date, which is subject to change, is:
Tuesday, February 25th, scheduled for a set time period between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Missing the midterm: There are no make-up midterms in this course. Missing the midterm normally results in a mark of 0 for that exam. Exceptions may be granted only with prior consent of the Instructor-in-Charge, who will consult with the section instructor, and with official documentation supporting the student's reason for missing the exam. An example of a valid reason is travel to play a varsity sport. The correct documentation in this case is a letter from the coach. An example of an invalid excuse is travel for personal reasons.
In the case of a medical emergency, the section instructor must be notified within 48 hours of the missed exam and presented with a physician's note immediately upon the student's return to UBC. A physician's note must specifically state that the student was medically unfit to write the missed exam on the date of the exam. Absense of this exact information will result in a mark of 0. In the case of a missed exam for medical reasons, the weight of that exam will be transferred to the final examination.
Please note that a student may NOT have 100% of their assessment based on the final examination. A student who has not completed a substantial portion of the term work normally shall not be admitted to the final examination.
- Missing the Final Exam: You will need to present your situation to the
Dean's Office of your Faculty to be considered for a deferred exam. See the Calendar for
detailed regulations. Your performance in a course up to the exam is taken into
consideration in granting a deferred exam status (e.g. failing badly generally
means you won't be granted a deferred exam). In Mathematics, generally
students sit the next available exam for the course they are taking, which could
be several months after the original exam was scheduled.