Math 116: Essentials of Calculus

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Catalog Information

Title

Essentials of Calculus

(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)

(1:1:0)

Offered

Fall, Winter

Prerequisite

Math 110

Description

This course gives a brief overview of differential calculus. Topics covered include limits, derivatives, and applications of differentiation to optimization of functions.

Desired Learning Outcomes

  1. Review of Algebra (4 lectures)
    • Determine the graph of a line given two points, a point and a slope, the general form of a line, the slope-intercept form of a line
    • Determine the slope of a line given two coordinate points, the equation of a line given the slope and a point, equation of a line given two points, and the x- & y-intercept of a line
    • Find the secant line of a function on an interval, and use that to understand the average rate of change of a function
    • Approximate the tangent line at a point, and use that to understand the instantaneous rate of change of a function
  2. Limits and Derivatives (4 lectures)
    • Determine the limit of standard functions, e.g., polynomials, rational functions, exponentials, logarithms
    • Determine the limits of more complicated functions composed of simpler functions.
    • Define the derivative, take derivatives of polynomials using definition
    • Derive the differentiation rules for polynomials, exponentials, logarithms
  3. Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules (2 lectures)
    • Derive the product, quotient, and chain rules
    • Use the product, quotient, and chain rules to compute complicated derivatives composed of simpler functions
  4. Optimization and Applications (4 lectures)
    • State the derivative rules for local extreme
    • Use the derivative rules to find the local extrema of a function on an interval. Then find the global maximum (or minimum) of a function on an interval
    • Use the derivative to solve problems in business, e.g., maximize profits, minimize costs, etc.
    • Use Newton's method for root finding to locate local extrema.


Prerequisites

Math 110

Minimal learning outcomes

Textbooks

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