Math 124 (Sections D & E)
- Professor: Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy
- Office: Padelford C-434
- Office hours: Thursday: 5:00-6:00 PM at the Math Study Center
Lectures : Bank of America Executive
Education Center (EXED) 110
Section D -- MWF 11:30-12:20
Section E -- MWF 12:30-1:20
Name: Megan Morrison    Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Math 124 Materials
Website : Contains worksheets,
old tests & supplementary materials.
- Teaching Assistants for Section D:
Office Hours: Wednesday at 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday at 10:00-11:00 AM
Name: David Simmons     Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday at 2:30-3:30 PM and Wednesday at 4:30-5:30 PM
Name: Fablina Sharara    Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teaching Assistants for Section E:
Office Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays 10:30-11:30 AM
Name: Samuel Roven       Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday at 2:30-3:30 PM
TA office hours will take place at the Math Study Center.
- The answer key for midterm 2 is here
- The answer key for midterm 1 is here
- This week, I will hold office hours on Tuesday at 2:30-3:30 PM *and* on Thursday 5:00-6:00 PM. Starting the next week (and then all weeks after), I will hold office hours on Thursday at 5:00-6:00 PM to avoid conflicts with other classes you may have.
- The first weekly worksheet will be administered on Thursday, September 29th. Every other weekly worksheet will be administered on the Tuesday of the week. Please note, however, there will not be a worksheet on the Tuesdays, October 25th and November 22, since those are the days you will have the two midterms.
Center: A very good place to get help with just about anything to
do with calculus.
late-night academic center designed to support all UW undergraduates
PARTIAL LECTURE NOTES
Your grade is determined by how you do relative to the class as a
whole. All math 124 classes will take the same final exam. The median
grade is usually in the range 2.9 +/- 0.2. If the whole class does particularly well
(or badly) the median will move up (or down) within the range.
- Worksheets: 5%
- Homework: 15%
- 2 Midterms: 20% each
- Final: 40%
- All homework is accessible on
for detailed instructions.
The deadline for each homework is very strict.
You should plan to finish several hours before the deadline to deal with any unforseen
computer difficulties. Late homeworks will not be accepted.
It is essential to fully understand how to solve the homework problems
and to acquire enough practice to be able to do problems relatively
quickly. Do additional problems if you feel that you need more
practice. Since homeworks are meant to stretch your thinking beyond
the lectures, and to help you master the subject, they can be
harder than the examples covered in lecture. Questions on exams draw
from all the activities of the course such as the lectures, worksheets
and homeworks. Hence, do not assume that only homework problems will
be asked on tests. It would be wise to try homework problems from a
given lecture before the next lecture. Ideally, homework for the week
should be finished, or at least fully understood, during that
week. Since homework counts for only 10% of your overall grade, it
would be wise to spend the bulk of your homework efforts on
understanding how to solve the problems than on writing up solutions
without real understanding. Good grades naturally follow real
- On Thursday September 29th and then on each Tuesday that follows (with the exception of the midterm days, October 25th and November 22nd), you will spend the entire period working in groups
on the weekly worksheet, which will be turned in at the end of the class.
responsible for bringing your own worksheets. You
should download them from
the Math 124 Materials
Website, print them, and bring them to class. The worksheets will
be collected at the end of class and will count towards the
worksheet portion of your final grade. There are 3 possible grades for each worksheet:
- 0 -- you didn't do it
- 1 -- you did a poor job
- 2 -- you showed that you did some real work
- This is a very important time for learning. The TAs will
have a chance to talk with each of you and give you individual
suggestions. If you know how to do the problems, you should explain
your reasoning to the others in your group.
- You should have plenty of time to finish the worksheet. If you
are done early, start working on homework problems.
Scientific Calculator Required
- The Ti-30x IIS is the only calculator allowed on exams in Math 124. No Graphing/Symbolic Calculators Allowed.
Notes: What's allowed
- Midterms & Final: 1 sheet of (8.5 x 11) of handwritten notes (1 or 2 sides), but no worked
- Expectations : This course will be taught through the lectures, homework
assignments, and worksheets . The lectures introduce the concepts and
hence tend to be straightforward. You will be expected to read the
appropriate chapters in the text book after each lecture to solidify
the concepts and fill in details. It is very important to understand
concepts clearly along with being able to apply them to numerical
problems. Both theory and computations covered in the lectures can be
tested on exams. All in all, the job of the student is to
master the concepts covered in the assigned sections of the
textbook. Everything else is working to achieve this goal and the
exams aim at testing overall command of the material and not the
ability to reproduce certain specific problems.
- Guidelines on how to write up solutions to problems in
exams: You must show all your work to get full credit. Explain
your steps or methods clearly. Use words to give explanations if
needed. Always put yourself in the shoes of the grader when you write
solutions to problems. It is important that your logic be apparent to
the grader. Make it easy to grade your work. This also requires you
to be organized and clear in your writing. Writing that is hard to
understand or disorganized will be assumed to be wrong.
- Late homeworks and make-up exams : No late homeworks will
be accepted, and no make up exams will be given except under medical
emergencies. Please make sure that you do not schedule other
activities on the dates of exams. If you must miss a test for medical
or other very serious reasons, I will need written documentation
explaining the situation. Please let me know as soon as possible if
you cannot take a test.
- Tips on getting a good grade :
- Read the book. It is very important to really understand the
concepts (as opposed to memorizing facts). It is not enough to know
recipes to solve numerical problems. You will be asked questions that
test your understanding of the material. A good way to find out
whether you really understand something is to try to explain it to
someone. You might be surprised to see how hard it is to accurately
explain/reproduce a concept that you think you understand.
- Write clearly and correctly. Be logical in your arguments. Learn
definitions and statements of theorems accurately. Remember that the
TAs and I can only evaluate your written work and so it is important
to convey your knowledge precisely in your writing.
- Do your homework problems. Even if you understand
the material, it is hard to reproduce this on a test without
practice. It is important to learn to work relatively quickly. This can
only come with practice.
- Come to office hours and talk to me or your TA if you are having
trouble. Let me know early in the quarter if you are having problems
with the course for whatever reason.