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Math 100, WT1 2016, Sections 102/104

The main website for all sections of Math 100 is here.

If you need to get ahold of me, the best way is through email:
My office is in the Mathematics Building (behind the Koerner library), room 229F.

The syllabus for this section is here.
A list of things you're supposed to be doing for this class is here.

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30
Thursdays, 10-12
Fridays, 10-11

Office hours before the final: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (December 7-9), 2-5pm, Hennings 201
Wednesday will be a chance to sit a full-length mock exam. I'll have printouts of the 2015 exam; you bring paper (and another old exam if you've already done 2015)
Tuesday and Thursday: come with questions! :)

Study tips for quizzes

50-min Mock Exam (also available on main webpage)
Notes from overhead about mock exam, 29 November
Notes from overhead from Friday, 02 December

Problems from 2015 quizzes, to help you study for the final: link.

Hand-written solutions to the 2015 final.
(Remember the other finals have solutions on the wiki.)


Sections Topics Dates File
Introduction Sept 7 (MWF), Sept 8 (TR) Introduction.pdf
Chapter 1 1.1-1.6 Limits and Velocity Sept 7 - 19 (MWF), Sept 8 - 15 (TR) LimitsAndVelocity.pdf
Chapter 2 2.1-2.3 Introduction to the Derivative Sept 19 - 26 (MWF), Sept 20 - 22 (TR) Deriv_Conceptual.pdf
2.4-2.9 Differentiation Rules: Sum, Power, Product, Quotient;
Derivatives of exponential functions and trig functions
Sept 28 - Oct 3 (MWF), Sept 27 - Oct 4 (TR) DiffRules.pdf
0.6, A.13
More Differentiation: Chain Rule, logarithmic differentiation,
implicit differentiation, derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions.
Oct 5 - 14 ? (MWF), Oct 4 - 13 (TR) MoreDifferentiation.pdf
Chapter 3 3.1 Rates of Change Oct 17 (MWF), Oct 18 (TR) RatesofChange.pdf
3.3 Exponential Growth and Decay Oct 19 - 21 (MWF), Oct 18 - 20 (TR) ExponentialGD.pdf
3.2 Related Rates Oct 24 (MWF), Oct 25 (TR) RelatedRates.pdf
3.4.1-3.4.3 Approximating functions with polynomials:
Constant, linear, and quadratic approximations
Oct 26-28 (MWF), Oct 25 (TR) Approximations.pdf
Kumar's slides
3.4.4, 3.4.5, 3.4.8 Taylor polynomials and their error Oct 28-Nov 2 (MWF), Oct 25-Nov 1 (TR) Taylor.pdf
3.5.1, 3.5.2 Finding global and local extrema Nov 2-7 (MWF), Nov 1-3 (TR) MaxMin.pdf
Chapter 2 2.13 Rolle's Theorem and Mean Value Theorem Nov 7-9 (MWF), Nov 3-8 (TR) MeanValue.pdf
Chapter 3 3.6 Sketching Curves Nov 9 - 16 (MWF), Nov 8 -11 (TR) Sketch.pdf
3.5.3 Word problems with optimisation Nov 18-21 (MWF), Nov 15 (TR) Optimization.pdf
3.7 L'Hôpital's Rule Nov 23-25 (MWF), Nov 17-22 (TR) Lhospital.pdf
Chapter 4 4.1 Antiderivatives Nov 28 (MWF), Nov 24 (TR) Antiderivatives.pdf

Update: a lot of these weren't working on your computers, so I've tried putting them on YouTube.
If any of these links don't work, please email me!

Topic File Description
Limits Limits and tangent lines video
Average and Instantaneous Velocity; secant and tangent line; limit notation
One-sided limits video
A simple example motivating one-sided limits
Limits, cont'd video
Sometimes limits don't exist; one-sided limits; calculating limits
Limits at Infinity video
Limits at Infinity
Continuity Intro to Continuity video
Before we learn the formal definition of a continuous function, dwell a little on what it means for a function's limit to differ from its value at a point. Being used to this behaviour will help you build intuition about continuity.
Limits, Continuity, IVT video
Strategies for evaluating limits; continuity; Intermediate Value Theorem
Extra: continuity video
Think you understand continuity? Test yourself with a graph that has no limit... anywhere. (This video goes beyond the course material. Think of it as recreational.)
Derivatives Intro to Derivatives video
Introduction to derivatives: interpretations, derivatives at a point, derivatives of a function
Graphing Derivatives video
Use the graph of a function to create the graph of its derivative. Review the interpretation of positive and negative derivatives, and get used to looking at a line and intuiting its slope.
Tangent Lines video
Find the tangent line to a curve; calculate derivatives using simple rules.
Differentiation Product and Quotient Rules video
Derivatives of Products and Ratios
Exponential video
Product rule and derivatives of exponential functions
Trigonometric video
Derivatives of trigonometric functions.
Chain Rule video
Derivatives of compound functions.
Review Inverse Functions video
Inverse functions.
Differentiation Logarithms video
Logarithmic functions and logarithmic differentiation.
Rates of Change Rates of Change video
Rates of Change
Exponential change Rates of Change video
Exponential growth and decay, such as radioactive decay, compound interest, and population growth. Introduction to differential equations.
Newton's Law of Cooling video
Exponential rates of change applied to cooling bodies.
Related Rates Related Rates video
Calculating the rate of change in systems with lots of interconnected changing parts.
Polynomial Approximations First Approximations video
Estimating the value of a function with a constant, linear, or quadratic approximation.
Error Bounding video
Give an approximation of a function, and bound the error you introduced.
If you are given an error tolerance, which approximation should you use?
Optimization Extrema video
Finding maxima and minima of a function.
Optimization video
Optimization video
MVT Rolle's Theorem video
A differentiable function that takes the same value twice has a horizontal tangent line somewhere.
Mean Value Theorem video
A differentiable function has a point where its instantaneous rate of change is equal to is average rate of change over an interval.
Curve Sketching Curve Sketching 1 video
Curve Sketching 2 video
Symmetry video
Even and odd functions.
L'Hospital's Rule L'Hospital's Rule video


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