Course website for Fall 2015 Math 1A

General information

Professor: Alexander Coward
Main course textbook: Single Variable Calculus - Early Transcendentals for UC Berkeley by James Stewart
Sections to be covered: Chapters 1 through 6.

Lecture information

Lectures will all be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:10am in Dwinelle 155 or 12:10pm in VLSB 2050, depending on which section you are signed up for.

There will be no class on Monday, September 7th, because of Labor Day. There will be no class on Wednesday, November 11th, because of Veteran's Day. There will be no class on Wednesday, November 25th or Friday, November 27th, because of Thanksgiving.

Discussion and Office hours

I hold office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to at least 4pm. They are located in my office, Evans Hall 1073.

If you would like to talk to me at another time, or have something that you would like to talk about individually, or for any other reason, you are welcome to phone me on 415 323 9469. I am very happy to talk about mathematics over the phone, and I encourage you to call me if you have any problems with the course.

Details for GSI office hours are viewable here.


The assessment for this course will be in the form of two midterm exams and one final exam. The first midterm will be on Wednesday, October 7th. The second midterm will be on Monday, November 9th. The final for the 9:10am class is on Thursday, December 17th at 7pm and will last for 3 hours. The final for the 12:10pm class is Friday, December 18th at 11:30am, and will also last for 3 hours.

Your overall grade will be based on whichever of the following weightings is best for you:

In other words, the final can replace either or both midterms. That means that you can lock in points with the midterms, but you can never be held back by midterms.

The use of calculators, books or notes will not be allowed in the examinations. There will be no make-up examinations, although if you miss a midterm you can still do well because of the way that grading is set up.


The syllabus for the course is everything covered in lectures as well as everything in the relevant sections of the course book. It is based on the official syllabus listed here.