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MATH 246

Calculus for Business and Social Science


Office Hours:  MW   9:00am -9:30am, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
                        TR    8:30am - 9:30am, 1:00pm - 2:15pm


OFFICE PHONE: 545-3359

PLACEMENT  REQUIREMENTS:  Math 134 College Algebra or permission of the instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed primarily for students majoring in business or social and behavioral sciences.  Topics of study will include:   limits, continuity, definition of a derivative, rule of differentiation, maxima and minima, and indefinite and definite integrals.

TEXTBOOK: Applied Calculus, by Waner and Costenoble (3rd edition, 2004)

EVALUATION: Six online exams will be given during the semester. 100 pts. Each.

                            Test 1  Chapter 1 and 2   Functions and Linear/Nonlinear Models
 Test 2  Chapter 3.1-3.4   Introduction to the Derivative
Test 3  Chapter 3.5-3.8   Introduction to the Limit
   Test 4  Chapter 4   Techniques of Differentiation
                            Test 5  Chapter 5   Application of the Derivative
Test 6  Chapter 6   The Integral
Test 7  Chapter 7.1-7.4   Further Techniques and Applications of the Integral

Bonus Points:  50 bonus points maximum will be possible for work completed in development of chapter summaries and explanations with examples.

Thus, TOTAL POINTS FOR THE CLASS would be 700 pts.

Grades will be assigned as follows:

630 – 700 A, 560 – 629 B, 490 – 559 C, 420 – 489 D, below 420 F

CHEATING POLICY: If caught cheating in any way, the student will receive an F for the final grade.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: To be successful in a math course, attendance would be very important, almost critical. If more than two weeks of classes are missed without a valid excuse ( death in family, hospitalization, nuclear blast, etc.) I reserve the right to withdraw you from class with an F. If you know in advance that you cannot attend class on a certain day, you may possibly get my prior approval. There are no make-up exams or quizzes. If you come to class late, you will not receive extra time for exams or quizzes.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Calculate limits of functions using tables, graphs and algebraically.
  2. Differentiate functions using the limit definition.
  3. Differentiate functions using power rule, product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule.
  4. Apply derivatives to graphing and business situations in particular maximum and minimum problems.
  5. Use exponential and logarithmic functions in business applications.
  6. Differentiate exponential and logarithmic functions.
  7. Calculate indefinite and definite integrals.
  8. Integrate using a variety of techniques including, but not limited to substitution, tables, and integration by parts.
  9. Apply integration techniques to business.  (example:  Continuous money flow problems and annuities.
  10. Calculate consumer and producer surplus