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 6, 2014
Midterm break: February 17-21, 2014
Term end: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Family day: Monday, February 10, 2014, no classes
Midterm 1: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm (See below for more details).
Midterm 2: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014, 6-8pm (midterm is 60mins during 2h time window, exact times posted later)
Final exam: April 24th, 2014 at 8:30AM. [Click here for the location]

Regrading Policy

All instructors have decided to adopt the following policy for regrading examinations/assignments:

Please indicate which problems you would like to have regarded on a sticky note/stapled piece of paper on the quiz or midterm in question. I will have a look at the question in doubt, however I will also look at all other questions as well. This means that your mark could decrease after regrading. If the error in question is simply an addition error, then I will unconditionally fix it. I will not accept papers for regrading until 24 hours after both solutions have been posted and you have received your paper in question.

Midterm 1 Details

The midterm will be held on Tuesday February 4th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the location posted below. The midterm will cover everything up to and including Learning goal 4.4 in the syllabus and thus everything up to and including section 4.4 in the course notes. Please arrive on time for your midterm as no extra time will be given to students who show up late. A list of given formulas can be found on the formula sheet page. Note that only the relevant formulas will be given on the midterm exams. (Some previous midterm exams are available here.)

For an excellent preparation for exams, please check out the Math Exam/Education Resource. Our syllabus is embedded right in the front page! So you can directly access problem types that can appear on your midterms and final exam. New feature! You can now vote on the difficulty of a problem! Just log in with your CWL account and vote on the problems you solve (how difficult they were). This information will be vital for instructors and students this term and for years to come.

Section Name and Instructor Room Location
Section 202: William Carlquist MATH 100
Section 203: Young-Heon Kim WESB 100
Section 206: Carmen Bruni BIOL 2000
Section 207: Hossein Namazi CHEM B250
Section 208: Conan Wong FSC 1005
Section 209: Lucas Wardil CHEM B150

Midterm 1

Midterm 1 Solutions

Grading Scheme

Final Exam 50%
Midterm 1 15%
Midterm 2 15%
WeBWorK 10%
Labs 5%
OSH 5%

Note: In order to pass the course a minimum mark of 42% on the final exam is required and you must pass (\(\geq 50\%\)) at least one of the two midterms or the final exam.

Note: For your WeBWorK portion, only the top 90% of problems count towards your final grade. For example, if you solve 90 out of 100 problems correctly, you will receive a perfect grade on the WeBWorK portion. This only includes the WeBWorK portion of your grade and not the lab portion (so you must answer all lab questions to receive a perfect grade for this component).

Note: Due to registration problems for Math 103, we are implementing the following marking scheme for WeBWorK. Some students will not get access to the WeBWorK assignments until January 20th. Because of this, the first two WeBWorK assignments are optional. That is, at the end of term we calculate your score for WeBWorK assignment 3 and beyond as well as for all WeBWorK assignments - the higher score will be your grade for the WeBWorK portion. Thus, by completing the first two WeBWorK assignments you can only improve your final WeBWorK grade. For those students without access to WeBWorK the assignments are posted as pdfs on the homework page.

Labs: Labs are purely WeBWorK based but will require the use of a spreadsheet application. Links to the labs are posted on the homework page. Solutions are entered into WeBWorK. No hardcopies need to be handed in.

Piazza Reward

To the top three contributors on Piazza, there will be a gift certificate reward to top three contributors at the end of the term! Start posting!


  • Happy new year and a good start into the new term!
  • Midterm one on Tuesday February 4th. Check the main page of the wiki for more information.


Section 202 - William Carlquist

Section 203 - Young-Heon Kim

Section 206 - Carmen Bruni

Section 207 - Hossein Namazi

Section 208 - Conan Wong

Section 209 - Lucas Wardil

Further Information

For relevant links, see navigation menu to the left.

Course Schedule and Syllabus
Outline of the course schedule and syllabus.
Course Notes
The course notes by Prof. Leah Keshet.
Problem Sets
Exercise problems relating to the above course notes.
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
This term 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, policies as well as grading information.