Math 124: Calculus I (Section A)

Spring 2019

Lectures: MWF 9:30-10:20 in AND 223
Instructor: Jarod Alper (jarod at
Office: PDL C-544
Office hours: Mon, Wed: 3-4 pm


Course information: This course will be a friendly introduction to the differential calculus of a function in a single variable. 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.

See here for the central Math 124 Materials website: This link contains detailed information about:

Scientific calculators Required:
Schedule: The content of the lectures will be posted here. The sections of the textbook quoted below are only a rough approximation of what we actually covered in class.

Date Topics covered Remarks
Week 1
Mon April 1 Introduction to calculus
Wed April 3 Introduction to functions and tangent lines
Fri April 5 Limits
Week 2
Mon April 8 Limits, the Squeeze theorem and continuity
Wed April 10 Intermediate Value Theorem and velocities (average vs instantaneous)
Fri April 12 The derivative
Week 3
Mon April 15 The derivative as a function
Wed April 17 Formulas and rules for derivatives
Fri April 19 Product and quotient rules
Week 4
Mon April 22 Detour on parameteric equations
Wed April 24 Derivatives of trig and exponential functions
Fri April 26 Chain rule
Week 5
Mon April 29 Review Midterm 1 in Apr 30 TA section
Wed May 1 Implicit differentiation
Fri May 3 Inverse functions and their derivatives
Week 6
Mon May 6 Related Rates I
Wed May 8 Related Rates II
Fri May 10 Linear Approximation
Week 7
Mon May 13 More on related rates
Wed May 15 Minimum and maximum values
Fri May 17 More on minimum and maximum values
Week 8
Mon May 20 Review Midterm 2 in May 21 TA section
Wed May 22 Concavity
Fri May 24 Mean value theorem and L'Hopitals rule
Week 9
Mon May 27 No class! Memorial day
Wed May 29 Sketching graphs
Fri May 31 Sketching graphs II
Week 10
Mon Jun 3 Optimization I
Wed Jun 5 Optimization II and review
Fri Jun 7 Review
Sat June 8 Final examination, 1:30 - 4:20 pm KNE 110

Midterm: There will be two midterms both taking place during the Tuesday TA section: For the midterms and final exam, you are allowed to bring a hand-written note sheet (8.5"x11", two-sided).
Final examination: