Mathematics 8B Fall Quarter 2012

Lecture Location: Sproul 1102
Lecture Time: 9:10 - 10:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Instructor: Philip Hackney
Office: Surge 229
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00
Email: hackney

Text: Ratti & McWaters, Precalculus, a unit circle approach - Supplement
and Guichard, Calculus, Late Transcendentals

Midterm: Monday, 10/22, during the primary lecture
Final Exam: Friday 12/14 08:00A.M. - 11:00A.M.

Homework will count for 10% of the final grade. All homework will be completed using the online homework system WeBWorK. Assignments and due dates may be found there. Basic information can be found on the student guide. If you have technical problems or need to be added to the course, please contact Rob Lam

Quizzes will frequently occur in the discussion sections. The scores for the quizzes will count for 10% of the final grade.

You will receive a grade for each of the midterms and the final exam. A grade of C- means that you have understood enough of the material to continue the course. It does not mean that you reached 70% or any other predetermined percentage.

The midterm will give 30% of your final grade, and the final exam will account for the remaining 50%.

If you cannot come to any of the exams, you have to make arrangements within the first two weeks of the course. We will accept very few reasons for not attending one of the exams. Those reasons are limited to: religious reasons, interviews for scholarships, and participation in intercollegiate sports.

Cheating will be taken very seriously. Every attempt to cheat will give you an automatic “F” for the course. You will not be allowed to drop the course, and your case will be forwarded to the student conduct committee.

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TAs, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

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The calculus series now uses a free textbook, Guichard's Late Transcendentals. We will be covering the following chapters in this course:

The most up to date full textbook is available at the Whitman College website. This site also has alternate versions for printing. If you'd like something to hold in your hands, you can buy a slightly older version in paperback form at I've also put together a Kindle-sized version of the first six chapters, but I should note that many of the figures are truncated.

The Ratti & McWaters text should be purchased from the bookstore. This may already be in your 8A book as chapters 4, 5, and 6.