Math 124-Spring 2015

Important Information

  • A note to the student.

  • What you need to purchase:
    • The textbook for the course is "Calculus" by Stewart, vol.1 available in the UW bookstore. This is a portion of the hardbound text "Calculus, 7th Edition, Early Transcendentals" by Stewart. Either text will work. The custom version vol. 1 covers Math 124/125 at UW. The custom version vol. 2 covers Math 126/324 at UW. An electronic version of the textbook is bundled with the WebAssign access code described below.

    • In addition to the textbook, you will need a "WebAssign access code". You can purchase a standalone access code which includes the ebook directly from the publisher at this Cengage website for $70 or a copy of paper textbook and the access code plus ebook here for $94.88 plus tax (shipping of the paper book takes 2-7 business days). Read these instructions to learn How to login to WebAssign and purchase an access code

    • You can purchase the text and/or the WebAssign access code at the bookstore as well. The descriptions at the bookstore are a little hard to decipher. The table below may help.

      WebAssign and Ebook plus paper textbook2 P/S V.1 CALCULUS SINGLE VARIABLE (CUSTOM) (7E 12) W/ WEBASSIGN$120
      Just the paper bookV.1 CALCULUS SINGLE VARIABLE (7E 12) (CUSTOM)$40 ($30 used)
      Student Guide
      Not Recommended
      Student Soultions Manual
      Not Recommended

  • All homework is accessed and turned in online using WebAssign. You will automatically be registered in the correct WebAssign section on the first day of classes. You won't be able to access the homework until then. You must enter your accesss code within two weeks of that day.

  • Math 124/5/6 Grade Policy. Beginning Autumn 2012, the department of mathematics has adopted a grade policy for this course. The final median course grades for each lecture section of Math 124/5/6 taught during the regular academic year will fall within the range of 2.9 +/- 0.2. This policy does not apply to the honors sections of Math 124/5/6.

  • What if the Calculus class I wish to add is closed?
    1. You should be persistent in frequently checking for openings online, which are filled on a first-come/first-served basis. During the first week, the enrollment status of a class can change hourly; it really pays to check frequently. There are no overloads or waiting lists. In most quarters almost all persistent students who want to take the course will find an opening sooner or later (but after the first week there may be a late fee).
    2. Whether or not you are officially enrolled, you should choose a class and start attending both lectures and quiz sections from the very first day. You should do any worksheets or quizzes. You will NOT be able to access homework until you are officially enrolled in the class.
    3. Important material is covered in the first week, and it is necessary to be in class and do the work during this period. All students are graded in the same way, and no student is excused from the first week's work.
    4. Students who cannot enroll in an on-campus section of Math 124, may register for Math 124E, an online section of Math124, which features online videos from an on-campus section of the course. This section has exactly the same syllabus, textbook, and homework assignments as all other sections. The online section is taught by the same UW faculty and grad students that teach the other sections. The instructors hold both in person and online office hours. Students in the online secxtion have the same access to the Math Study Center as other students. Registered students must take two in-person midterms, and the same common final as the on-campus sections of Math 124.

  • Here is a pdf file with all of the worksheets for the quarter together in one file. You are responsible for bringing a printout of the correct worksheet to quiz section every Tuesday. Pdf's of each individual worksheet can also be found in the Outline table below.

  • Final Exam is Saturday June 6th: Ground Rules and Rooms.
    No calculators will be permitted on the Final Exam.
    Special Note: Some instructors will use assigned seating for the final exam. Consult with your course instructor for more details.


Week Outline/Study Guide Exam Archive Topics and Textbook Sections
March 30 - April 3

  • Tangents to circles
  • Sec. 10.1 or supplement reading on parametric equations
  • Sec. 2.1-Tangents and velocity
  • Sec. 2.2-Limits
April 6-10

  • Sec 2.3-Calculating Limits
  • Sec.2.5-Continuity
  • Sec.2.6-Asymptotes
April 13-17

  • Sec. 2.7-Derivatives
  • Sec. 2.8-Derivative Function
  • Chapter 2 wrapup
  • Sec. 3.1-Derivative rules
April 20-24

  • Sec. 3.2-More derivative rules
  • Sec. 3.3-Trig derivatives
  • Sec. 3.4-Chain rule
April 27-May 1
  • Midterm #1
    April 28 in TA section
  • Midterm Review
  • Midterm #1
  • Sec. 3.4-More chain rule
  • Sec. 10.2-Derivatives and parametrized curves
May 4-8

  • Sec. 3.5-Implicit differentiation
  • Sec. 3.6-Logarithmic differentiation
  • Sec. 3.9-Related rates
May 11-15

  • Sec. 3.10-Linear approximation
  • Sec. 4.1-Basics on min and max values
  • Sec. 4.3-Derivatives and shape of a curve
May 18-22
  • Midterm #2
    May 19 in TA section.
  • Midterm Review
  • Midterm #2
  • Sec. 4.4-L'hospital's rule
May 25-29

  • Sec. 4.5-Curve sketching
  • Sec. 4.7-Optimization
June 1-5
Final Exams
  • Final Exam Review
  • Final Exam


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