MATH118 Business Calculus
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Mathematics
- I. Course Number and Title
- MATH118 Business Calculus
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- Math Placement Test score of 8 or higher or MATH117 (C or better) or MATH120 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
A comprehensive departmental final examination will be included in this course.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Quantitative Literacy.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This is an introduction to basic calculus with emphasis on applications to business, economics, management, information science, and related fields. Topics include relations and functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, techniques of differentiation, chain rule, applications of differentiation, antiderivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and applications of integration.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate understanding of the concept of function, limits, and continuity, and evaluate limits and derivatives of algebraic functions;
- find indefinite integrals;
- demonstrate correct use of implicit differentiation to find a derivative and apply concepts of differentiation to problems in curve sketching, related rates, straight line motion, business, and economics [Quantitative Literacy];
- solve elementary differential equations; and
- apply the definition of the definite integral and its properties, evaluate definite integrals, and accurately use the definite integral for applications, such as average value and areas.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Precalculus Review
- Algebraic Expressions
- Quadratic Equations
- Relations and Functions
- Graphing Functions
- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- Exponential Functions
- Logarithmic Functions
- Tables and Calculators
- Technological Matrices
- Differential Calculus
- Limit of a Function
- The Derivative
- Techniques of Differentiation
- Derivatives of Products and Quotients
- Chain Rule
- Integral Calculus
- The Antiderivatives
- The Definite Integral
- The Fundamental Theorem of the Calculus
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Students apply mathematical concepts and principles to identify and solve problems presented through informal assessment, such as oral communication among students and between teacher and student(s), and formal assessment using open-ended questions reflecting theoretical and applied situations.
A minimum of 70% of a student's grade must be determined from proctored assessments and work. These proctored assessments include tests, quizzes, departmental final exam, or other proctored in-class assignments.
The final exam must be at least 20% of the course grade. Study guides, formula sheets, and other aids may not be used on the final exam.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Departmentally-selected textbook and a TI-30X IIS scientific calculator (not the MultiView series). Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 4/07; New Core 8/2015; Updated 11/2019