Math 118, Fundamental Principles of Calculus, Fall 2017

Instructor: Jianfeng Zhang, KAP 248E, (213)740-9805,,
Teaching Assistant: Xinrui He,

Time and location:
Lecture (39429R): MWF 9:00-9:50am, KDC240
Discussion(39430R): TTh 10:00-10:50am, GFS108
Discussion(39431R) : TTh 11:00-11:50am, GFS108

Office hours:
Instructor (Jianfeng Zhang): WF: 10:00-11:30am or by appointment, KAP 248E

You may also get help from Math Center (KAP 263), which is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 7pm on most days.

Textbook: Applied Calculus , by Hughes-Hallet (, 6th Edition (along with a two-section supplement), ISBN: 9781119342373.
Please note that we are using a custom version that is not sold on Amazon. Also make sure that the textbook you purchase includes an online access code.
You may alternatively buy the electronic version from the publisher WileyPLUS

Optional: There is a Student Solutions Manual for the standard Fifth Edition listed on Amazon. This is also available in an electronic version through WileyPLUS.

Prerequisite: MATH 108 or MATH 117

Exam dates:
Midterm Exam 1 (in class): Friday, Sept. 29
Midterm Exam 2 (in class): Friday, Nov. 3
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 6, 2-4 pm

Course Description: The course introduces the basic materials of calculus, including derivatives and integrals, as well as their applications. It will cover Chapters 1-6 and 8 from the textbook, along with a two-section supplement from the publisher that covers double integrals.

Grading Policies: 10% on homework, 15% on quizzes, 20% each on Midterm Exams, and 35% on Final Exam.

Homework: We are using an online homework system from WileyPLUS. A useful link is: It is extremely important that you have enough practice on the homework problems.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given in discussion class weekly (typically on Thursdays), except in the first week, the two midterm exam weeks, and the last week. The quizzes are close book, close notes, and non-cooperative.

Exams: All exams are close book, close notes, and non-cooperative. The Midterm Exam 2 will cover only the materials after the Midterm Exam 1. The Final Exam is a common exam for all Math 118 sections, and is comprehensive for all the materials covered throughout the semester. For midterm exams, you are allowed to bring one formula sheet (A4 paper, ok to write in both sides). Final exam policy will be specified later.

Missed Assignments/Exams: The lowest quiz score will be dropped automatically. Other than that no make up homework or quizzes will be allowed. There will be NO makeup Midterm Exams. If you miss a Midterm Exam and/or homeworks/quizzes with a VALID reason, please talk to me as early as possible, and I may excuse you by rescaling your other exams/assignments.

You must take the Final Exam in order to get the grade. If you cannot take it at the regular time (with a VALID reason), please talk to me as early as possible and I'll arrange a make up exam.

Calculator: Scientific calculator (e.g. TI-30XS) is allowed (and needed) for quizzes and exams. But NO graphing calculator is allowed.

Final letter grade:The final letter grade will be assigned following the procedure at below. I'll first grade the Final Exam, and decide the quota for each letter grade based (only) on the class performance in Final Exam. Then I compute the weighted total of each student, following the formula specified above. Finally, I assign the letter grade based on the weighted total. For example, let's assume that, based on the Final Exam, I decide to give 10 As and 20 Bs, then the top 10 in terms of the weighted total will get A, and the next 20 in terms of weighted total will get B. Please note that those 10 students getting A may not be exactly the same top 10 students in Final Exam (there is a very positive correlation though).

Feedback and Questions: It is very useful to get feedback and questions, both inside and outside class. You are very welcome to visit me during my office hours. You can also make appointments to see me at other time.

Statement for Students with Disabilities: Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.

Statement on Academic Integrity: USC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one's own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another's work as one's own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Scampus, the Student Guidebook, contains the Student Conduct Code in Section 11.00, while the recommended sanctions are located in Appendix A: Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be any suspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at: