MAT 21 A, Fall 2021


Instructor: Eugene Gorsky, egorskiy AT
Office hours: Wed,Thu 11-12 on Zoom
If you have a question and cannot come at office hours, write me an email to schedule an appointment.

Teaching Assistants: (Lead TA) Matthew Littman, mclitman AT
(E01-E02) Addie Chan, yuhchan AT
Office hours: 11-1 Wednesday in Calculus Room.
(E03-E04) Angel Manuel Rodriguez Lopez, arodriguezlopez AT .
Office hours: 1-2pm Wednesday in Calculus Room, 1-2 Friday on zoom.
(E05) Jack Wesley, wjwesley AT
Office hours: 1-2PM on Wednesday in Calculus Room.
(E06-E07) Jeshu Dastidar, jdastidar AT
Office hours: Thursdays 5-6pm and Fridays 2-3pm in Calculus Room.
(E08) Prawin Sankar, pbramesh AT
(E09) Emily Lee, esylee AT
Office hours: Tuesdays 11-12 in Calculus Room.

Calculus Room schedule: M-F 11am-6pm on zoom
More details here .


The textbook for the course is Thomas' Calculus (14th edition).
The textbook is a part of Equitable Access program .

Math Placement Requirement

All students enrolled in this course must fulfill the Math Placement Requirement . Your total score for the Math Placement Exam should be 35 points or more , with Trigonometry sub-score 3 or more . You will be administratively dropped from this course if you have not met the Mathematics Placement Requirement.

Code of Academic Conduct

The Code of Academic Conduct exists to support high standards of behavior and to ensure fair evaluation of student learning. Students who violate the Code of Academic Conduct are subject to disciplinary sanctions that include censure, probation, suspension, deferred separation or dismissal from the University of California. The code can be found at this link , or here . Cheating will be taken extremely seriously, and will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.

In particular, it is OK to discuss homework problems with others, but you have to write the solutions in your own words . You cannot copy solutions from other students, books or the Internet.

For the midterms and the final, you are not allowed to discuss problems with anyone else or search the Internet. It follows exactly the same rules as the in class exam. If we observe that your solutions match someone else's or some Internet resource, your exam grade will be annuled.

Important: every student in MAT 21A should read Code of Academic Conduct . You should write the following text on a piece of paper:

"I have read and understood UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct"

Date and sign it with your name and student ID and upload to Gradescope.

Final grade and exams

There will be two midterms on October 15 and on November 12.
The Final will be on Friday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The final grade is based on your grades for the homework, midterms and the final:

Homework Midterm I Midterm II Final Exam
20% 20% 20% 40%

Academic Participation Requirements

The campus requires students to verify that they have begun each course for which they are registered via the Academic Participation program. This program also encourages students to acknowledge their responsibilities regarding academic integrity and the Code of Academic Conduct, reinforcing our campus culture of honesty.

MyUCDavis will notify students online and through email on the first day of instruction to complete their Academic Participation verification no later than the quarter add deadline. Failing to verify academic participation by this deadline may result in a reduction of the financial aid award.

Please see more details by this link .

Midterm 2

The second midterm will be on Friday, November 12. It will cover derivatives (including implicit differentiation), finding equations of tangent lines, minimal/maximal values of functions and graphing with first derivatives.
The exam will be in the classroom, no books, notes, calculators or phones are allowed. Please bring your student ID with you.
Practice problems , answer key

Midterm 1

The first midterm will be on Friday, October 15. It will cover sections 1 and 2 of the textbook.
The exam will be in the classroom, no books, notes, calculators or phones are allowed. Please bring your student ID with you.
Practice problems


The homework will have two parts: written homework and MyMathLab.

We will Gradescope for written homework assignments. You should be able to access Gradescope directly from Canvas. More information on Gradescope for students: link

We will use MyMathLab for online homework assignments. You should be able to connect to MyMathLab from Canvas, detailed instructions here.

The written homework will be assigned every week on Wednesday, and it will be due the following Wednesday before the start of the class. It must be legible, and written in connected sentences that explains what you are doing. Just the answer (whether correct or not) is not enough. Please put your name on every page and upload to Gradescope. Homework should be handed in on time, late homework will not be graded.

Though it is fine to discuss the HW problems with others, you must always write up the solutions in your own words. Copying will be penalized. Of course, in the exams you must work on your own: no calculators, textbooks etc will be allowed.

Week Sections Written
Sep 22, 24 1.1-1.6 HW 1 , solutions
Sep 27, 29, Oct 1 2.1, 2.2, 2.4 HW 2 , solutions
Oct 4, 6, 8 2.5-2.6 HW 3 , solutions
Oct 11, 13, 15 Review, midterm on Oct 15;
Oct 18, 20, 22 3.1-3.2 HW 4 , solutions
Oct 25, 27, 29 3.3-3.5 HW 5 , solutions
Nov 1, 3, 5 3.6-3.8 HW 6 , solutions
Nov 8, 10, 12 Review, midterm on Nov 12
Nov 15, 17, 19 3.9, 4.1, 4.2 HW 7
Nov 22, 24 4.3-4.4 No class on Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)
Nov 29, Dec 1, 3 4.5-4.7

Disability Services

Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Student Disability Center (SDC). Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the SDC. If you have any questions, please contact the SDC at (530)752-3184 or