MATH 104 and MATH 184
Differential Calculus with Applications to Commerce and Social Sciences
Please check your personal exam schedule on the SSC for the location of your exam. Each student is expected to show up to the location where their section is writing.
If you take ill and are not able to write the final exam in MATH 104 and 184, please note item 7 under the Course Policies below. You will need to contact the Dean's Office of your Faculty to be considered for a deferred exam. In this instance, for those who are granted SD status by their Deans, the next opportunity to write the MATH 104/184 exam will be in April 2014.
This is the common page for all sections of MATH 104 and Math 184 in Term 1 of the 2013W session (September to December 2013). 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 Custom Edition for UBC by Briggs and Cochran.
This book is available at the UBC Bookstore. We have used this book for the past three year's, so there will be used copies around, though there is a single hardcover full edition rather than the 1 softcover volume in this year's version.
We thank Professor Michael Bennett for allowing us to use some of his photographs for the covers of this edition. These photographs were taken in Iceland.
MATH 104: Your grade normally will be computed based on the following formula: 50% Final Exam + 30% 2 Midterms + 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. All midterms and the final exam are common to all sections.
MATH 184: Your grade normally will be computed based on the following formula: 50% Final Exam + 20% 2 Midterms + 10% Math 184 Workshops + 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. All midterms and the final exam are common to all sections.
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. (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. It is not expected that such scalings would result in significant grade changes.
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 midterms or the final examination.
Midterms: There will be two common midterms in MATH 104/184. The dates, which are subject to change, are:
Midterm 1: Thursday, October 10th scheduled for a one-hour time period between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Midterm 2: Thursday, November 7th scheduled for a one-hour time period between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Missing midterms: There are no make-up midterms in this course. Missing a 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.
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.
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.
While students are encouraged to study together, they should be aware that blatant copying of another student's work is a serious breach of academic integrity. Please discuss with your instructors their expectations for acceptable collaboration on any assigned coursework. Cases of suspected cheating will be investigated thoroughly.
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.
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.
Each instructor will hold office hours each week for students in his/her section of MATH 104 or MATH 184. These office hours may be by appointment.
Math Learning Centre: There is a
Math Learning Centre in LSK 301 and 302. Graduate student TAs are there to help you during the day: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
We are testing out making some small videos of examples. The first one is a clip on limits and was produced by Dr. Ed Richmond, a Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Mathematics Department.
And a second limit example:
Sketching the derivative of a function:
Sketching a function from the derivative of that function:
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:
Each week there will be an online homework set. You will be able to access this directly by going to WebWork and clicking on the link MATH104-184-ALL_2013W1. Use your CWL to login to do your weekly on-line homework problem sets. Webwork homework is due at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. Note that the intent of homework is to help you learn the material, and therefore it should be done as you are studying. Data show that students who leave their homework to the night before do poorly in the course.
Past exams for Math 104/184 can be found here. WARNING: There have been some minor changes to the syllabus of MATH 104/184, so there are problems on these exams that would not be suitable for the 2013W exam. Compare to the weekly learning goals.
Here is a mock midterm 2 for you to use for practice. Solutions will be posted closer to the midterm date. Note that the format of this year's midterm will be similar to that of the first 2013W midterm and have a short answer section and a long answer section.
Here are the solutions to the midterm. Reports I have are that most students found this to be long. There was a typo in Q3 that had no impact on the solution except that it would have given a "negative" leak in part (b); the method was unchanged by this typo. The only point in the solution where one would note this is at the last step when the sign of the leak would have implied water was leaking into the tank, not out.
If you are interested in some examples which may help you see the more
subtle points about the relationship between continuity and differentiabiity,
Dr Vogel's Gallery of Calculus Pathologies.
Page updated: 27 November 2013.
Page maintained by Mark Mac Lean.