MATH 103 - Integral Calculus with Applications to Life Sciences

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Course Overview

This course in integral calculus complements technical content with applications and examples drawn primarily from life sciences. The course starts by calculating areas and approximating the area using thin stripes as an introduction to Riemannian sums, which then lead to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Applications of integration include determining the center of mass, calculating volumes and lengths of curves. After introducing different techniques of integration further applications are discussed in the context of continuous probability distributions as well as differential equations. After an exploration of series and sequences the course ends with an introduction to Taylor polynomials.

See the UBC Calendar entry for Math 103 for course prerequisites.

Important Dates

Term start: Monday, January 5, 2015
Midterm break: February 16-20, 2015
Term end: Friday, April 10, 2015
Family day: Monday, February 9, 2015, no classes
Good Friday: Friday, April 3, 2015, no classes
Easter Monday: Monday, April 6, 2015, no classes
Midterm 1: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6-7pm. Location: see below.
Midterm 2: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6-7pm. Location: see below.
Final exam: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:30-6pm. Location: SRC A, B & C


  • Details on final exam location: SRC is divided into three compartments - please take note of your section's compartment.
Section 201 Doebeli SRC A
Section 202 Kim SRC A
Section 203 Hauert SRC B
Section 206 Sibilla SRC C
Section 207 Zmurchok SRC C
Section 208 Chan SRC C
Section 209 Pinski SRC B
  • OSH 5: please take note of the change to Q4.
  • Midterm 2 Solutions now available.
  • Midterm 2: finalized times: 6-7pm. Content: cumulative material covered up to and including section 8.3 in course notes.
  • Course Notes: chapters 7, 10 & 11 originally included only very few exercise problems. These chapters have been updated - please check out the new versions on the Course Notes page.
  • Midterm 1 Solutions now available.
  • Midterm 1: finalized times: 6-7pm. Content: material covered up to and including section 4.3 in course notes.
  • Conflicts with the Biol 112 midterm on February 3rd have been resolved (Biol 112 will write an in-class midterm).
  • Requests for joining Math 103 or changing sections should be directed to the undergraduate chair after carefully reading the registration issues information page.
  • Happy 2015 and a good start into the new term!


Section 201 - Michael Doebeli

Section 202 - Young-Heon Kim

Section 203 - Christoph Hauert

Section 206 - Nicolò Sibilla

Section 207 - Cole Zmurchok

Section 208 - Hon to (Hardy) Chan

Section 209 - Tali Pinsky

Course Material & Resources

For relevant links, see navigation menu to the left.

Course Schedule and Syllabus
Outline of the course schedule and syllabus as well as grading information.
Course Notes & Exercises
The course notes by Prof. Leah Keshet.
Online WeBWorK homework is assigned on a weekly schedule (with few exceptions due to midterms). In case of troubles, check out the WeBWorK FAQ.
Old-School Homework
Traditional homework is assigned on a bi-weekly schedule. Your work and solutions must be submitted on paper to your instructor.
Online Forum
We are using Piazza as a class forum for online discussions - see instructions on how to sign up on Piazza.
Other Resources
Other resources including past exams and policies.