MATH 104 and MATH 184
Differential Calculus with Applications to Commerce and Social Sciences


  1. Final Grades are released on the last day of exams and not before by Senate regulation. You can check your grades on the SSC starting that day.

  2. Students wishing to view a final exam for pedagogic purposes may fill out a form in the Math Office at the start of term 2 in January 2011. Note that the marking of the exam will not be discussed in such a viewing. Students should refer to the Calendar for the regulations about remarking courses.

Course Information

This is the common page for all sections of MATH 104 and Math 184 in Term 1 of the 2010W session (September to December 2010). 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 1st Edition by Briggs and Cochran.

This book is available at the UBC Bookstore. It is new edition this year, so there will not be used copies around. The bundle comes with access to some online resources that include a study guide and student solutions manual. This text will also be used for MATH 105.

Grading Schemes
  • MATH 104: Your grade normally will be computed based on the following formula: 50% Final Exam + 25% 2 Midterms + 25% Homework, Quizzes, and other coursework (10% Webwork Homework, 10% Course-Common hand-in homework, 5% other). Please note that grades may be scaled to ensure fairness across sections. The lowest 2 homework marks will be dropped from your grade calculation.

  • MATH 184: Your grade normally will be computed based on the following formula: 50% Final Exam + 20% 2 Midterms + 10% Math 184 Workshops + 20% Homework, Quizzes and other coursework (10% Webwork Homework and 10% Course-Common hand-in homework). Please note that grades may be scaled to ensure fairness across sections. The lowest 2 homework marks will be dropped from your grade calculation.

    Course Policies

    1. The final examination in December for this course will be common to all sections of MATH 104/184. 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. The final examination is board marked (i.e. all instructors teaching this course mark the exams together) to ensure consistency and fairness across sections.
    2. 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. It is not expected that such scalings would result in significant grade changes.
    3. No unauthorized electronic devices will be allowed at the final examination. This includes cell phones, music players, and all other such devices. Formula sheets and other memory aids will not be allowed.
    4. Note that only one non-programmable, non-graphing calculator (e.g. the SHARP EL-510RB calculator) per student is permitted to be used during any quizzes or examinations. NO EXCEPTIONS. Back-up calculators will NOT be provided during examinations; it is the student's responsibility to ensure they have a working calculator for examinations. Calculators may not be shared.
    5. Midterms: There will be two midterms in MATH 104/184. The dates are: Midterm 1: Thursday, October 14 for T Th classes. Friday, October 15 for MWF classes. Midterm 2: Tuesday, November 16 for T Th classes. Wednesday, November 17 for MWF classes.
    6. Missing midterms: If a student misses a midterm, that student shall provide a documented excuse or a mark of zero will be entered for that midterm. Examples of valid excuses are an illness which has been documented by a physician and Student Health Services, or an absence to play a varsity sport (your coach will provide you with a letter). There will be no make-up midterms, and the weight of the missed midterm 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Late Assignments: Assignments not handed in during class on the day they are due will be deemed late. Late assignments are not normally accepted for marking and will receive a grade of 0.

  • 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.

  • Academic Misconduct
  • UBC takes cheating incidents very seriously. After due investigation, students found guilty of cheating on tests and examinations are usually given a final grade of 0 in the course and suspended from UBC for one year. More information.

  • Note that academic misconduct includes misrepresenting a medical excuse or other personal situation for the purposes of postponing an examination or quiz or otherwise obtaining an academic concession.

  • Individual Section Links
    MATH 104:

  • Section 101 (Klinzmann)
  • Sections 102 and 103 (Mac Lean)
  • Section 104 (Bryan)
  • Section 105(Garcia Ramos Aguilar)
  • Section 107 (Kroc)

    MATH 184:

  • Section 103 (Hua)
  • Section 104 (White)
  • Section 106 (Lefebvre)

    MATH 184 Workshops
    Students in MATH 184 are required to attend a weekly 1.5 hour workshop in addtion to the lecture portion of the course. The workshop portion of MATH 184 is valued at 10% of your final grade. More information about these workshops can be found here.

    Extra Help
  • Each instructor will hold a few (2-3) office hours per week for students in his/her section of MATH 104 or MATH 184.

  • Drop-in Tutorials: There is a drop-in tutorial centre in the Auditorium Annex. Graduate student TAs are there to help you during specified times starting Monday, September 13th.

  • The AMS offers tutoring services.
  • Online Course Material

  • Course Outline: This is a week-by-week schedule of course material and the appropriate sections of the text.

  • Course Learning Outcomes : This is a list of the skills you will develop throughout this course by engaging with the material and doing the various homework and study problems.

    Week-by-week detailed learning goals:
    1. Week 0 Learning Goals
    2. Week 1 Learning Goals
    3. Week 2 Learning Goals
    4. Week 3 Learning Goals
    5. Week 4 Learning Goals
    6. Week 5 Learning Goals
    7. Week 6 Learning Goals
    8. Week 7 Learning Goals
    9. Week 8 Learning Goals
    10. Week 9 Learning Goals
    11. Week 10 Learning Goals
    12. Weeks 11 and 12 Learning Goals

  • Weekly Suggested Problems: Do not hand in these problems. They are intended to guide you to master the learning goals for this course -- use them to study!

    Weekly Webwork Assignments:
  • Webwork Online Homework: Use your CWL to login to do your weekly on-line homework problem sets. Webwork homework is due at 11:59 p.m. on Mondays. Note that the intent of homework is to help you learn the material, and therefore it should be done as you are studying.

  • Weekly Homework to hand in: Weekly problem sets will be posted on this website. This homework is due in class on Wednesdays for MWF classes and in class on Thursdays for T Th classes. These homework sets will consist of 2 or 3 long-answer exam-type problems that you will hand in to be marked. You will download the problem worksheet and do the problems directly on that worksheet. Please write up complete solutions. Use proper grammar and a readable layout. Scrap work will not be marked.

    Weekly Assignments to Download:
    1. Assignment 1. Due September 15 for MWF classes and September 16 for T Th classes. Solutions
    2. Assignment 2. Due September 22 for MWF classes and September 23 for T Th classes. Solutions
    3. Assignment 3. Due September 29 for MWF classes and September 30 for T Th classes. Solutions
    4. Assignment 4. Due October 6 for MWF classes and October 7th for T Th classes. Solutions
    5. Assignment 5. Due October 13 for MWF classes and **Tuesday, October 12** for T Th classes. Note the change from the usual deadline for T Th classes. Solutions will be posted on Wedensday afternoon. Solutions
    6. Assignment 6. Due October 27th for MWF classes and October 28th for T Th classes.Solutions
    7. Assignment 7. Due November 3rd for MWF classes and November 4th for T Th classes.Solutions
    8. Assignment 8 is due Wednesday, November 24th for MWF classes and Thursday, November 25th for T Th classes. Solutions

    9. Assignment 9 is due Wednesday, November 24th for MWF classes and Thursday, November 25th for T Th classes. Solutions

    Extra notes for class

  • A business problem. September 13, 2010.

  • Here are some notes on Elasticity of Demand for the week of October 18th.

  • Here are some notes on Inventory Control for the week of November 8th.

  • Some notes on Newton's method for Week 11.


  • Here is the solution to Problem 11 of wwAssignment 2, which seemed to cause many students difficulties. This is a pencast and includes audio commentary.

  • A pencast of my solution to Extra Problem 1 parts a and b and also parts c and d.

  • A pencast of Extra Problem 5 part (a) and part (b) and part (c).

  • A pencast of the solution to problem 5 in section 2.6 of the notes on inventory control problems.

  • A pencast of the solution to Problem 38 of Chapter 3.10 in Briggs Cochran.

  • A pencast of the solution to problem 19 in the elasticity of demand notes that are posted on this page.

  • A pencast of a shadow problem with a person walking towards a lamp.

  • A Pencast on Taylor polynomials.

  • A Pencast on Newton's Method.

  • A Pencast on a ladder max/min problem.

  • Extra Problems!!

    Additional study problems will be posted here at irregular intervals. These are not to be handed in, but are to help you study the course material.

  • Here are some extra problems on business related applications to help you study.

    Challenge Problems:
  • Challenging Problems from Prof. Emeritus Andrew Adler


  • Past exams for Math 104/184 can be found here.

  • A mock midterm is here. Its solutions are here. Some information about midterm 1 is here.

  • Solutions to Midterm 1: MWF Midterm and T Th Midterm

    Useful Links
  • Common Errors Students Make (from Vanderbilt University)
  • If you are interested in some examples which may help you see the more subtle points about the relationship between continuity and differentiabiity, check out Dr Vogel's Gallery of Calculus Pathologies.
    Page updated: 19 December 2010.
    Page maintained by Mark Mac Lean.