Math 31A: Differential & Integral Calculus
Math 31B: Integration & Infinite Series
The goal of Math31AB is to provide a solid introduction to differential and integral calculus in one variable. The course is aimed at students in engineering, the physical sciences, mathematics, and economics. It is also recommended for students in the other social sciences and the life sciences who want a more thorough foundation in one-variable calculus than that provided by Math 3.
Students in 31AB are expected to have a strong background in precalculus mathematics, including polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential and logarithm functions. In order to enroll in 31A, students must either take and pass the Mathematics Diagnostic Test at the specified minimum performance level, or take and pass Math 1 at UCLA with a grade of C- or better.
Most students entering the 31-32-33 sequence at UCLA have taken a calculus course in high school and enter directly into Math 31B, for which there is no enforced prerequisite. Many students with a strong high school background in calculus skip the 31AB sequence and enroll directly in 32A.
The course 31A covers the differential calculus and integration through the fundamental theorem of calculus. The first part of course 31B is concerned with integral calculus and its applications. The rest of the course is devoted to infinite sequences and series.
Single-variable calculus is traditionally treated at many universities as a three-quarter or two-semester course. Thus Math 31AB does not cover all of the topics included in the traditional single-variable course. The main topics that are omitted are parametric curves and polar coordinates, which are treated at the beginning of 32A.
Ample tutoring support is available for students in the course, including the walk-in tutoring service of the Student Mathematics Center.
Math 31A is not offered in the Spring Quarter. Students wishing to start calculus in the Spring may take 31A through University Extension in the Spring or in the Summer.
Please note: Students who are in the College of Letters and Science who will be enrolled at UCLA in Spring and wish to enroll in Extension simultaneously should meet with a College Counselor about whether they will be able to receive credit for the course because of concurrent enrollment restrictions: Concurrent Enrollment Information.