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: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Midterm break: February 19-23, 2018
Term end: Friday, April 6, 2018
Family day: Monday, February 12, 2018, no classes
Final exam: Monday, April 23, 2018, 8:30-11am. Location: see below


  • To help with your studying (also under resources). Past final exam analysis
  • Due to a small mistake in the marking scheme of quiz 1 the total number of points was reduced to 8. The marks on Connect have been updated accordingly.
  • Because WebWork was down for a while yesterday, the deadline for WebWork 2 has been extended by one day (to Friday 19, 4am).
  • Happy 2018 and a good start into the new term!
  • Requests for joining Math 103 or changing sections should be directed to the undergraduate chair after carefully reading the registration issues information page.

Exam Information

  • For an excellent preparation for exams, please check out the Math Exam/Education Resource (MER). The MER wiki embeds the Math 103 syllabus in the front page, so you can directly access problem types that potentially appear on the final exam.
  • The Math department keeps archive of past Math 103 final exams.
  • A list of formulas to be given on the exam can be found on the formula sheet page.
  • Review sessions offered by MLC on
    • Mon April 16th 12pm-2pm
    • Tue April 17th 12pm-2pm
the two sessions are identical and the tentative location is LSK 200. For details and updates check the MLC pages.


Sections Location
201 SRC A
202 & 207 CIRS 1250
203 & 208 SRC B
206 IBLC 182
209 & 212 SRC C

Important: Students must write their final exam with their section - take note of the proper location!


Section specific information and announcements are available on section specific pages:

Section 201: Christoph Hauert

Section 202: Andreas Buttenschoen

Section 203: Christoph Hauert

Section 206: Majid Bizhani

Section 207: Michael Doebeli

Section 208: Fei Hu

Section 209: Samantha Dahlberg

Section 212: Samantha Dahlberg

Course Material & Resources

For relevant links, see navigation menu to the left.

Course Schedule, Lecture notes and Syllabus
Outline of the course schedule and syllabus (containing a number of problems and answers) as well as the online lecture notes, including numerous exercises with solutions.
Grading & Regulations
A brief overview of the rules and regulations for Math 103 including the breakdown of the grading scheme.
Quizzes & WeBWorK
In-class quizzes will be held on a bi-weekly schedule and online WeBWorK homework is assigned on a weekly schedule. In case of troubles, first check out the WeBWorK FAQ.
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.