Michael Bowen's VC Course Pages
Math V21A, Fall 2017
Introduction and Announcements
Welcome to Math V21A (Calculus/Analytic Geometry I) at Ventura College. Michael Bowen (email) will be teaching this course during the fall 2017 term.
Important note: This web page is not a substitute for attending class; regular attendance is an expectation of this course. Modifications to homework assignments, and other important news announced in class, may not appear on this page for several days. You are still responsible for all assignments and inclass announcements even if they do not appear here! If you wish to verify information on this page, please contact the instructor.
Textbook Information
The ISBN number is provided as a convenience if you wish to purchase this item online. The VC bookstore may stock a different ISBN number; either may be used for the course. If you buy from the bookstore, obtain the least expensive version you can find; do not pay extra for MyMathLab, WebAssign, or other software. Exception: You may wish to purchase the textbook bundled with the student edition of Maple; although we will not use it this semester, your V21B or V21C instructors may use it later. If you obtain the book from another source, please be sure to obtain the correct edition, as noted below. Older editions are, of course, much less expensive, but the homework problems are different.
Select any one of the following required texts.

 Author: J. Stewart
 Title: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781285741550
 Comment: This version is available online and may be less expensive than the college bookstore, but with shortcomings:
 Purchase this package if you are willing to use Maple software in the BEACH computer lab only during the hours they are open, or if you are not taking calculus beyond MATH V21A.

 Author: J. Stewart
 Title: Calculus: Single Variable Calculus Early Transcendentals, Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781305270336

Comment: Probably the least expensive BOUND option (especially if you get the Kindle version), but with more shortcomings:
 Purchase this package if you are willing to use Maple software in the BEACH computer lab only during the hours they are open, or if you are not taking calculus beyond MATH V21A.
 This version does not include any Math V21C material (which is OK if you are not planning to take Math V21C).

 Author: J. Stewart
 Title: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Loose Leaf Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781305272354 (less expensive UNBOUND (loose pages) version; binderready)
 Comment: Probably the least expensive option, but with the same shortcomings as choice #1 above, plus you must provide your own threering binder.

 Author: J. Stewart
 Title: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Eighth Edition, plus Maple
 ISBN13: 9781305782198 (this is the ISBN stocked at the VC bookstore)
 Comment (applicable to all versions of the text): If you purchased a satisfactory version of Stewart for V21A within the last two semesters, you do not need to purchase a new text.
If you use the Kindle or other digital version, you will want to be able to refer to the information during class, so be sure you own a compatible device (laptop, mobile phone, or ereader) that you are willing and able to bring to class with you every day.
These additional texts are optional; select none, any, or all. (Note that when there is a conflict between the solution given in the textbook and the solution given in the student solutions manuals, the textbook is usually correct.)

 Author: J. Stewart, R. St. Andre
 Title: Study Guide for Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781305279148

 Author: J. Stewart, J.A. Cole, D. Drucker, D. Anderson
 Title: Student Solutions Manual for Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Chapters 1–11), Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781305272422

 Author: J. Stewart
 Title: Student Solutions Manual for Stewart's Multivariable Calculus (Chapters 10–17), Eighth Edition
 ISBN13: 9781305271821
Holidays
Classes at Ventura College will meet Monday through Friday each week of the term, excepting only the dates listed below.
 Monday 4 September 2017 (Labor Day)
 Friday 10 November 2017 (Veterans' Day)
 Monday 20 November–Friday 24 November 2017 (Thanksgiving Holidays)
Please note that Columbus Day and Halloween are not Ventura College holidays.
Final Examination
Place/date/time: Room SCI107, Wednesday 13 December 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Important Note: This is 30 minutes earlier than our usual class meeting time!
Be sure that your big party to celebrate the end of finals occurs after the appropriate date. Requests for administration of early or late finals that require the instructor to reschedule his work or make a special trip to campus are subject to a deduction of points, regardless of the reason for the request.
Homework Assignments
 These are listed in chronological order.
 Note: "EOO" (every other odd) means to do problems
1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61, etc.  Note: Please do "E.C." (extra credit) problems on a separate sheet of paper from the regular assignment. These are due at the next exam.
 These are tentative; the instructor may make changes to this list from time to time. Due dates will be announced in class.
 Students must not rely on printed versions of this list; instead, they should check the live online version periodically for possible updates.
 Students who work ahead and complete one or more assignments in advance are taking a risk that the assignment(s) may change before the due date, in which case the advice in the preceding sentence is particularly applicable.
 Students should not expect to earn extra credit for completing tentatively assigned exercises that are later modified or removed from this list.
§  Title  Problems and Supplements  E.C. 

(Handout) 
Obtain a PDF or DOC (Word) version of the Syllabus Worksheet, answer all 15 questions, and return it to the instructor by the second week of class. (NOTE: This assignment is worth 15 points toward your final score in the class.) 

Appendix A (page A9; the Appendices begin immediately following page 1182)  Numbers, Inequalities, and Absolute Values  1–12 ALL; 13–37 ODD; 43–55 ODD  — 
Appendix C (page A23)  Graphs of SecondDegree Equations  1–9 ODD (for problems 5, 7, and 9, you will need to complete the square in both $x$ and $y$)  — 
Appendix D (page A32)  Trigonometry  13; 15; 29; 31; 33; 65–71 ODD  — 
Appendix E (page A38)  Sigma Notation  1–33 EOO  — 
(Handout)  Factoring and the Binomial Theorem (obtain a copy)  Problems 1–9 ALL on reverse side of handout  Problem 10 on reverse side of handout 
1.1  Four Ways to Represent a Function  1–4 ALL; 25; 27–30 ALL; 51; 52; 73; 75; 77  — 
1.2  Mathematical Models: A Catalog of Essential Functions  3; 4; 5; 9; 11; 15; 17; 19  22 
1.3  New Functions from Old Functions  3 [$f(x)$ is in blue]; 5; 7; 9–21 EOO (do all odds if time permits); 31–45 ODD; 51  58 
1.4  Exponential Functions  1–4 ALL; 11; 13; 15; 31abc  31d 
1.5  Inverse Functions and Logarithms  3–25 ODD; 35–38 ALL (parts (a) and (b)); 39; 40; 41; 51–54 ALL (parts (a) and (b)); 63–68 ALL (parts (a) and (b))  — 
Chapter Test 1 (Chapter 1, appendices, and binomial theorem handout) Recommended studyguide problems (These are sample examlike problems for practice purposes; do not turn in with your homework) 
(For students with minimal study time) Page 69 (Exercises): 1–3 ALL; 5–19 ALL; 22–27 ALL Find the first three terms of the binomial expansion of ${(a + b)^{  5/2}}$. Use the first three terms of the binomial expansion of ${(6.0  0.3)^5}$ to estimate the value of ${5.7^5}$, and compare with the exact answer obtained using your calculator. 

(For students with additional study time) The above plus some or all of Page 68 (Concept check): 1; 3; 4; 6; 10–13 ALL Page 69 (Truefalse quiz): 1–14 ALL Additional problems taken from the unassigned homework exercises from chapter 1 

2.1  The Tangent and Velocity Problems 
5, 6, 8 Note: "Average velocity" is really just "average rate of change of $f(t)$," where $s$ or $y$ is the function $f(t)$, and $t$ is the independent variable 
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2.2  The Limit of a Function  3–11 ODD; 19–27; ODD (for #23 through #27, ignore the textbook's instructions and use the technique from #19 and #21 instead, except you will have select your own sample values of $x$); 31–43 ODD; 49  54 
2.3  Calculating Limits Using the Limit Laws  1–31 ODD; 37–49 ODD (use Squeeze Theorem for #37 and #39)  54 
2.4  The Precise Definition of a Limit  15–31 ODD; 41; 42 (the last two problems are infinite limits; use the appropriate method of proof)  — 
2.5  Continuity  13–31 ODD; 51; 53; 55 (use Intermediate Value Theorem for the last three problems)  — 
2.6  Limits at Infinity; Horizontal Asymptotes  15–39 ODD; 75; 77  Write down how Hotel Infinity accommodated all the passengers from Infinity Bus Lines; specifically, how the room assignments were rearranged 
2.7  Derivatives and Rates of Change  13–39 ODD (for the last two problems, consider both variations of the difference quotient; a different variation works for each problem)  — 
Chapter Test 2 (Sections 2.1–2.7) Recommended studyguide problems (These are sample examlike problems for practice purposes; do not turn in with your homework) (Last day to turn in Hotel Infinity for extra credit) 
(For students with minimal study time) Page 166 (Exercises): 1–19 ODD; 25–29 ALL; 33–37 ALL; 39ab; 45ab 

(For students with additional study time) The above plus some or all of Page 166 (Exercises): 4–20 EVEN; 26; 28 Page 165 (Concept check): 2; 4; 5–16 ALL Page 166 (Truefalse quiz): 1–22 ALL Additional problems taken from the unassigned homework exercises from chapter 2 

2.8  The Derivative as a Function  21–31 ODD; 41–44 ALL  60 
3.1  Derivatives of Polynomials and Exponential Functions  3–35 ODD; 45; 46; 49–59 ODD; 63; 65  — 
3.2  The Product and Quotient Rules  1–33 ODD; 41; 45; 47; 51  — 
3.3  Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions  1–23 ODD; 33; 35; 39–49 ODD  — 
3.4  The Chain Rule  7; 9–45 EOO; 47–53 ODD; 59; 75; 79  78; 94 
3.5  Implicit Differentiation  5–19 ODD; 25–31 ODD; 49–59 ODD  — 
3.6  Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions  3–25 ODD; 31; 33; 39–51 ODD  — 
Chapter Test 3 (Sections 2.8 and 3.1–3.6) Recommended studyguide problems (These are sample examlike problems for practice purposes; do not turn in with your homework) 
(For students with minimal study time) Page 267 (Exercises): 1–41 ODD; 49; 51; 53; 57–61 ALL; 63ab; 65; 67; 83 

(For students with additional study time) The above plus some or all of Page 267 (Exercises): 2–46 EVEN; 52; 54; 68; 87; 88 Page 266 (Concept check): 2(a) through 2(n) Page 266 (Truefalse quiz): 1–15 ALL Additional problems taken from the unassigned homework exercises from sections 3.1–3.6 

3.7  Rates of Change in the Natural and Social Sciences  1; 3; 7–15 ODD; 25; 31; 37  — 
3.8  Exponential Growth and Decay  3; 9–19 ODD  22 
3.9  Related Rates  1–45 EOO (for #45, try the law of cosines as your operating formula)  — 
3.10  Linear Approximations and Differentials 
1; 3; 11ab; 13ab; 15–27 ODD; 33; 35 (#33: for a cube, the volume is $V = s^3$ and the surface area is $A = 6s^2$) (#35: for a sphere, the volume is $V = \frac{4}{3}\pi r^3$ and the surface area is $A = 4\pi r^2$) 
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3.11  Hyperbolic Functions  7–21 ODD; 29–51 ODD  — 
Chapter Test 4 (Sections 3.7–3.11) Recommended studyguide problems (These are sample examlike problems for practice purposes; do not turn in with your homework) 
(For students with minimal study time) Page 267 (Exercises): 43; 45; 47; 89abc; 92–94 ALL; 96; 97; 99; 101; 102a; 103a; if you need more practice with chain rule, then also try 1–37 EOO 

(For students with additional study time) The above plus some or all of Page 267 (Exercises): 48; 50; 84; 90; 96; 98; 102ac; 104 Page 264 (Concept check): 2(o) through 2(t); 5 Additional problems taken from the unassigned homework exercises from sections 3.7–3.11 

4.1  Maximum and Minimum Values  17–41 EOO; 49–61 EOO  — 
4.2  Mean Value Theorem  1; 3; 9; 11; 19; 21  34 
4.3  How Derivatives Affect the Shape of a Graph  9–21 ODD; 34; 37–53 ODD  — 
4.4  Indeterminate Forms and L'Hospital's Rule  9–65 EOO  — 
4.5  Summary of Curve Sketching  1–49 EOO  — 
4.6  Graphing with Calculus and Calculators  (No assignment)  — 
4.9  Antiderivatives  1–45 EOO; 59–63 ODD; 71  — 
5.1  Areas and Distances  1; 3; 5; 17  — 
5.2  The Definite Integral 
1; 3; 5; 17; 18; 19; 20; 27; 33; 35; 37; 39 To complete the last 3 problems, sketch the graph of each function, then use geometry (triangles, circles, and/or rectangles) to find the areas. Geometrical formulas, if needed, are found on the inside front cover of the textbook. Don't forget that, in the context of integration, any areas lying below the $x$axis provide a negative contribution to the integral. 
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5.3  The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus  7; 9; 11; 19–43 ODD  — 
5.4  Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem  5–45 EOO (all odds in this range are recommended for finals prep if time permits); 59; 61; 67; 71  — 
5.5  The Substitution Rule  1–45 EOO; 53–73 ODD; 81; 83  — 
4.7  Optimization Problems  3; 5; 7; 9–37 EOO; 61; 65  71; 72 
4.8  Newton's Method  11–21 ODD  20 
Final Examination (Chapters 4 & 5) Recommended studyguide problems (These are sample examlike problems for practice purposes; do not turn in with your homework) Bring your Chapter 4/5 homework for up to 20 points credit! (Not extra credit!) Exam starts at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday 13 December 
(For students with minimal study time) Page 359 (Exercises): 1–13 ODD; 18; 19–33 ODD; 45; 47; 53–73 ODD; 79a; 79c Page 422 (Exercises): 1–37 ODD; 43 (graphing calculator helpful but not necessary); 45; 47; 57; 59; 69 (use the Substitution Rule and set u = f(x)) 

(For students with additional study time) The above plus some or all of Page 359 (Exercises): 2–14 EVEN; 20–34 EVEN; 46–58 EVEN; 62–74 EVEN; Page 358 (Concept check): 1–7 ALL; 10; Page 358 (Truefalse quiz): 1–21 ALL; Page 422 (Exercises): 10–38 EVEN; 44; 46; 48; Page 421 (Concept check): 5b; 6; Page 421 (Truefalse quiz): 1–18 ALL; and Additional problems taken from the unassigned homework exercises from chapters 4 & 5 
Course Handouts and Study Aids
The documents listed below are available for viewing or download. The list below provides links to download free software to read the file formats of the various documents.
 PDF (Adobe® Acrobat Reader™) is the best format to use if you want to print on paper (for example, to replace a lost copy).
 HTML files are not, for the most part, printerfriendly; this is the best format for onscreen reading, and if you can read these words, you already have the software!
 DOC and DOCX files are in the native Microsoft® Word format; if you do not have Word, use this Word Viewer from the Microsoft web site (this software can display Word files, but cannot modify them).
 PPT files are PowerPoint® presentations; if you do not have PowerPoint, use this PowerPoint Viewer, again from the Microsoft web site.
Course Handouts

Course Information (HTML)
Course Information (PDF) 
Course Requirements and Grading, Side 1 (HTML)
Course Requirements and Grading, Side 1 (PDF) 
Course Requirements and Grading, Side 2 (HTML)
Course Requirements and Grading, Side 2 (PDF) 
Tips for Success (HTML)
Tips for Success (PDF) 
Standards of Student Conduct and Classroom Rules (HTML)
Standards of Student Conduct and Classroom Rules (PDF) 
Syllabus Worksheet (DOC)
Syllabus Worksheet (PDF) 
Instructor's Schedule (HTML)
Instructor's Schedule (PDF)
Study Aids

Multiplication Tables (DOC)
Multiplication Tables (PDF) 
Divisibility Rules (DOC)
Divisibility Rules (PDF)  Sieve of Eratosthenes (PDF) with directions (HTML) (finds prime numbers)
 Powers of Ten Tutorial (HTML) (offsite; requires Java™ Runtime Environment [free download] to be installed and enabled on your computer)

Translating English Phrases into Algebraic Expressions (DOCX)
Translating English Phrases into Algebraic Expressions (PDF)  Multilingual Vocabulary for Mathematics (possibly helpful for students whose first language is not English) (HTML)

Basic Algebra Review (DOC)
Basic Algebra Review (PDF) 
Basic Geometry Review (PPT)
Basic Geometry Review (PDF)  Rectangular Graph Paper:

Quadratic Functions: Questions and Answers (DOC)
Quadratic Functions: Questions and Answers (PDF)  Transformations of Functions (HTML) (may require downloading and installation of free software to view all portions; see the page itself for details)

Essential Trigonometric Identities for Physics & Calculus (DOC)
Essential Trigonometric Identities for Physics & Calculus (PDF)  Polar Graph Paper:
Will You Succeed or Fail in Mathematics?
This checklist is adapted from a handout prepared by math and philosophy instructor Steve Thomassin. It will allow you to compare your approach to a mathematics course to the approaches taken by successful … and unsuccessful … students.
Attribute Type  Predictor of Success  Predictor of Failure 

Attitude  Focus on things that are under your control.  Blame things that are out of your control (the text, the instructor, or "the system") for your difficulties. 
Be optimistic. Believe that you can do it.  Be pessimistic. Convince yourself that you will fail.  
Be positive. Find ways to make math interesting and fun.  Be negative. Find ways to make math dull and painful.  
Be open. See the uses, power, patterns, and magic of mathematics.  Be closed. Blind yourself to math's uses and its practical and esthetic value.  
Be practical. Make yourself aware of the doors that passing each math class opens to you.  Be impractical. Ignore the doors that open when you pass a math class.  
Class Work  Attend every class. Aim for perfect attendance, even if you already know it all.  Be absent often. Dig a hole so deep that you cannot climb out except by dropping the course. 
Be focused. Concentrate on the math topic at hand.  Be mentally elsewhere. Daydream. Talk. Distract and annoy neighboring students.  
Take good notes. Solve problems along with the instructor.  Avoid participating in the discussion. Just watch the instructor.  
Be inquisitive. Ask questions so that the instructor knows what you would like to learn more about.  Be uninterested. Make the instructor guess what it is that you might be confused about.  
Homework  Be regular. Always do at least some homework before the next class, and finish by the due date.  Be sporadic. Do homework only when it easily fits your schedule. 
Invest time. Spend double to triple the amount of inclass time.  Invest little time. Spend less time doing homework than you spend in class.  
Review notes; read text; do all assigned problems (maybe even more), and check the answers.  Ignore notes and text explanations; try a few problems, and don't bother checking to see if they are right.  
Getting Help  When needed, take advantage of all opportunities: study groups, tutors, instructor office hours.  Even when lost, never seek assistance. 