Course Information

This is the common page for all sections of MATH 104 and MATH 184 in Term 1 of the 2015W session (September to December 2015). Here you will find the course outline, suggested homework and practice problems, course policies, exam dates, common handouts and supplementary notes, other course information, and information on available resources.

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

There will be four quizzes, one midterm and one final examinations, with the exams being common to all sections of MATH 104/184. The common midterm will be held on Thursday, November 5th, and is scheduled for a set time period between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Please book this date and time on your calendar right away.

For section-specific information, please contact your instructor. See the sections tab.

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.

Textbook

The required textbook for this course is Calculus: Early Transcendentals with student solutions manual, Volume 1. Fourth custom edition for UBC, by Briggs, Cochran and Gillett. ISBN 10 digit: 1-269-91047-7. ISBN 13 digit: 978-269-91047-7.

Note that there may be differences in page number references and problem numbering between different editions if you use a different edition of the Briggs, Cochran and Gillett textbook. It is up to you to deal with any such potential inconsistencies if you use a different edtition of the text.

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
Quizzes 10% Bi-weekly
In Class
No Quiz week of midterm
Webwork 10% Weekly See the Webwork section
Midterm 30% Nov 5
6:00p-7:30p
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Final Exam 50% TBA This is a common exam amongst all sections.

Grade breakdown for MATH 184

Component Weight Date Notes
Quizzes 10% Bi-weekly
In Class
No Quiz week of midterm
Webwork 10% Weekly See the Webwork section
Workshops 10% Weekly
Midterm 20% Nov 5
6:00p-7:30p
This is a common exam amongst all sections.
Final Exam 50% TBA This is a common exam amongst all sections.

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 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 quizzes, midterm, or the final examination.

  5. Midterm: There will be one common midterm in MATH 104 and MATH 184. The date, which is subject to change, is:

    Thursday, November 5th, scheduled for a set time period between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  6. 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. Absence 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.

  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.

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.

  • 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.