Math 124A - Calculus I - Spring 2018


9:30 - 10:20
Architecture Hall 147


Patrick T. Perkins
Padelford Hall C-538
Phone: 206-543-7746
pperkins 'at'


The Course

This course is an introduction to differential calculus. We will talk about functions and their derivatives, as well as related ideas like limits and continuity. In addition to the usual facts about derivatives, like the product rule and the chain rule, we will spend quite a bit of time talking about applications. This means the homework will involve a lot of story problems, particularly later on in the quarter. If you want a good grade in this class, you should expect to spend about 10 hours a week on homework.


Your grade is determined by how you do relative to the class as a whole. Grades will be based on total points earned. There are 270 possible points:

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Calculus, Early Transcendentals by James Stewart
(The Eighth Edition).

The only thing that students are required to purchase for this course is an access code for Webassign.

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, 8th Edition, Early Transcendentals" by Stewart. Either text will work. The custom version vol. 1 covers Math 124/5 at the UW. The custom version vol. 2 covers Math 126/324 at the UW. In addition to the textbook, you will need a "Webassign access code". You can purchase this code bundled with the textbook at the bookstore OR you can purchase a standalone access code which contains the ebook. If you purchase the code and ebook at the bookstore it is around $100.

The cheapest option is to follow this link and purchase LOE access to Webassign for about $80. This will come with an electronic version of the text. The LOE code will also work for Math 125, as long as the 8th edition is in use.


will be assigned daily, see the WebAssign site for the problems due. You are responsible for all the problems assigned (ie: any of it could appear on the exams).

Quizzes and Exams

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Rules for taking exams

Quiz section

On Tuesdays and Thursdays you will meet with a Teaching Assistant in a smaller group. This gives you a chance to get more of your questions answered. Tuesday's quiz section will be 80 minutes long so that, in addition to getting help with your homework, there will be time for a worksheet that you can work on while the TA circulates and answers questions. The midterm exams will be held in Quiz Section.

The TAs are:

AA & ABKristine HamptonPDL C-8Khamptkri 'at'
AC & ADKatherine LacyLEW 111 lacyk3 'at'


There is a required calculator for Math 124. It is the Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS which can be purchased from many places for well under $20. The UW Bookstore carries orange ones, which they will buy back at the end of quarters, but any color is acceptable for Math 124.

You should show all work not doable on a scientific calculator. For instance, when you solve a quadratic equation, steps must be shown even if your calculator can produce the solutions.

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Mathematics Department University of Washington