Prof. René Poliquin, CAB 635, 492-3531

Web Pages

    My personal web site (for this course) is located at
    Materials (practice exams, previous exams...) specific to my section will be posted there.

    There is also a common web portal for all the Math 114 sections at .


    Math 30 or equivalent


    Thomas' Calculus (Single variable) Eleventh Edidition or Thomas' Calculus, Eleventh Edition. There is also a solutions manual.
    The ''full'' version is recommended for students that are planning on taking Math 214/215. The single variable version is appropriate from Math 114/115.

    In Math 114, we cover sections: 1.1-1.6 (preliminaries), 2.2--2.7 (minus 2.3) (limits and continuity), 3.1-3.8 (differentiation), 4.1-4.8 (applications of derivatives), 5.1-5.6 (integration).


Homework 10%
Midterm Examination, Tue. Oct 21, 9:30 35%
Final Examination, Tue. Dec 16, 9:00 55%
    The exact rule used to translate scores into the letter grade system is not determined in advance, but in general terms the minimum passing grade of D will likely require a score of approximately 50% while a grade of A will likely require a score in the 90's.

    I will, unless there is a good reason not to do so, base the grades on the official University distribution for first year courses i.e.
    4% A+, 7% A, 10% A-, 11 % B+, 15% B, 14% B-, 11% C+, 9% C, 6% C-, 4% D+, 3% D, 6% F.


    There will be 11 homework assignments during the semester. The best of 10 homework grades will be counted. The homework will be assigned and graded on MathXl ( Each student is required to register on MathXl using the access code that comes with your copy of the textbook. (if you bought a used copy, you may purchase a stand-alone access code from the bookstore. However, the additional cost of the access code might warrant the purchase of a new book)

    Please enter the correct course and section information when you register. You can use any userid and password, but make sure that you register with your full name (this way I can identify you correctly from the online gradebook).

    Once you login to MathXl , you will be able to see the homework assignments, when a homework is available and due. After an answer is entered on MathXl , you will get an instant response as to if your answer is correct. You are allowed two tries before a final answer is recorded. Online help such as hints, step-by-step help, and similar examples are available at your fingertip while you work on homework. Please complete your homework before the due date.

    Please report any technical issues related to using MathXl either to your instructor or to the course coordinator . We will try our best to have them resolved in a timely fashion.


    Calculators are not permitted during exams nor are they needed i.e. no messy calculations.

Expectation During Classtime

    If you come to class, I expect you to show up on time, pay attention, and to not be disruptive. In particular, I dislike with a passion, students that talk when I do.

Office hours

    Mon 1:00--2:00, Tu-Th 2:15--3:30 or by appointment.
    I am very sensitive to perfume, after-shave, cigarette smoke, and other strong odors. Please keep this in mind when you come to office hours. In particular, please do no smoke immediately before coming to office h our s.

Additional Resources

    Help Sessions:

    Additional help will be available at help sessions on a first-come first-serve basis. The location and schedule will be announced later in class.


    This is an extensive online learning tool developed by Person Education. Free access to MathXl comes with your textbook purchase. A Pearson representative will give a brief introduction to MathXl in class.


    The Math and Applied Science Centre offers a variety of programs to help students including pre-calculus program, weekly tutorials, and exam preparations at reasonable cost. Contact MASC via or 492-6272. Visit MASC online at

Deferred Exam

    Saturday, January 10, 2009, 9:00. You must apply to your own faculty office. Excused absences and deferred examinations are intended to accommodate students who experienced an incapacitating illness or severe domestic affliction . Applications based on minor or inconsequential ailments or circumstances will not be approved.

    There will be no deferred midterm exam. If the midterm is missed for a valid reason (See Section 23.5.6(1)a of the Calendar), the weight will be transferred to the final exam.

Calendar description

    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
    Review of analytic geometry. Differentiation and integration of simple functions. Applications. Prerequisite: Pure Mathematics 30 or equivalent. Students who have taken Mathematics 31 are advised to take MATH 114. See Note (3) at the beginning of the Mathematic course listings. This course may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in MATH 100, 114 or 117.


    Is the act, intentional or otherwise, of copying or borrowing words or ideas without properly acknowledging the original source. Plagiarism is a form of theft. Plagiarism is a serious violation of the Code of Student Behaviour (Section 30.3.2[1]) and is unacceptable behaviour in the pursuit of a University degree.

    Plagiarism occurs when a student hands in work done wholly or in part by another person.

Code of Student Behavior

    The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.