Math 124 (Sections D & E)
Autumn 2016


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
Math 124 Materials Website : Contains worksheets, old tests & supplementary materials.

Teaching Assistants for Section D:
Name: Megan Morrison    Email:      
Office Hours: Wednesday at 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday at 10:00-11:00 AM
Name: David Simmons     Email:   
Office Hours: Monday at 2:30-3:30 PM and Wednesday at 4:30-5:30 PM
Teaching Assistants for Section E:
Name: Fablina Sharara    Email:  
Office Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays 10:30-11:30 AM
Name: Samuel Roven       Email:     
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.


Math Study Center: A very good place to get help with just about anything to do with calculus.

CLUE: A late-night academic center designed to support all UW undergraduates

General Information
Tuesday Worksheets
General Comments



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.


Weekly Worksheets

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 problems

General Comments

  • 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.