How to View Your Final Exam:

A student who wishes to view their final exam for pedagogic purposes may initiate this process by filling out this form and emailing to your instructor, not the IIC. Note that this viewing of a final exam cannot change the grade of a final exam, it is solely to assist you with your continual learning. You may discuss mathematics and how to improve, but not discuss grading schemes.

How to Challenge Your Grade:

Requesting a regrade of a final exam would be done at the university level by initiating a review of assigned standing procedure. Note that your grade may go up or down.

Course Information

This is the common page for all sections of MATH 104 and MATH 184. Here you will find the course outline, learning goals, homework, course policies, exam dates and locations, supplementary notes and practice problems, textbook, other course information, and some information on useful resources.

The Instructor-in-Charge is Shawn Desaulniers. For section-specific information, please contact your instructor. See the sections tab.

There will be common weekly webwork assignments, which can be accessed on this page.

There will be two midterms and one final examinations, with the exams being common to all sections of MATH 104/184. The dates are:

Please book this date and time on your calendar right away. If you have time conflict, please email the IIC as soon as possible with subject line "Math Exam Conflict".

Registration changes

If you are currently registered in 104 or 184 and are already having serious difficulty in early September, you may wish to consider taking 110 instead - see here for more information.

Please note that individual mathematics instructors do not have the authority to sign forms to change your registration (please don't ask them).Instead, the Mathematics Department handles all requests for registration changes centrally.

See for information on how to change your maths course registration.


In previous years we assigned a well known calculus textbook produced by a for-profit publisher - it was perfectly adequate. However, for several reasons have now decided to move to free resources.

The required textbook is APEX Calculus - Vol 1, Version 3.0 by Gregory Hartman. This is an online textbook available for free under the Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial (BY-NC) License.

You can download it here:

A printed and bound Black & White version can be purchased online or you can also bring the pdf to any local print shop. There are also some notes pertaining to economics and business applications that will be posted under Supplementary Notes,

Grading Scheme

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. Your grade will be broken down as follows:

Grade breakdown for MATH 104

Component Weight Date Notes
Section Specific 10% To be decided by your instructor, see your section's website.
Webwork 10% Weekly See the Webwork section
Midterm 1 15% Oct 13
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Midterm 2 15% Nov 17
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Final Exam 50% Dec 14

Grade breakdown for MATH 184

Component Weight Date Notes
Section Specific 10% To be decided by your instructor
Webwork 10% Weekly See the Webwork section.
Workshops 10% Weekly See the Workshop section.
Midterm 1 10% Oct 13
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Midterm 2 10% Nov 17
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Final Exam 50% Dec 14

Course Policies

  1. The final examination in December for this course will be common to all sections of MATH 104 and MATH 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.

  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.

  3. No unauthorized electronic devices will be allowed at the midterms or 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.

  4. No calculators will be allowed on the midterms or the final examination.

  5. Missing a 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's instructor. An example of a valid reason is travel to play a varsity sport or a documented medical situation. The correct documentation in these cases would be a letter from the coach or a physician's note immediately upon the student's return to UBC. 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. A physician's note must specifically state that the student was medically unfit to write the missed exam on the date of the exam. Absence of this exact information will result in a mark of 0. In this case, 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.

  6. 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.

Academic Misconduct

  • UBC takes cheating incidents very seriously. After due investigation, students found guilty of Acadademic Misconduct often results in a one-year suspension from the University and a notation of academic discipline on the student's record. More information can be found here.

  • 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.