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Areas of Study | | MATH120 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
IAI CODE(S): M1 900 MTH 901 EGR 901

The course is the first of a three semester sequence of integrated calculus and analytic geometry. Both understanding of theoretical concepts and the ability to use manipulative techniques are considered of prime importance. The approach is intuitive and after the student has attained a conceptual understanding, the theorems are advanced and proved. Time is spent in applications as they arise throughout the course. The course presumes algebraic and trigonometric competency at the 70% level or higher. Graphing calculator recommended.

The following description is for the full Calculus sequence (M1900-1, M1900-2, M1900-3): Topics include (but are not limited to) the following: limits and continuity; definition of derivative, rate of change, slope; derivatives of polynomial and rational functions; the chain rule; implicit differentiation; approximation by differentials; higher-order derivatives; Rolle's Theorem and mean value theorem; applications of the derivative; antiderivatives; the definite integral; the fundamental theorem of calculus; area, volume, other applications of the integral; the calculus of the trigonometric functions; logarithmic and exponential functions; techniques of integration, including numerical methods, substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, and partial fractions; indeterminate forms and L'Hôpital's rule; improper integrals; sequences and series, convergence tests, Taylor series; parametric equations; polar coordinates and equations; vectors in 2 and 3 dimensions, vector operations; lines and planes in space; surfaces, quadric surfaces; functions of more than one variable, partial derivatives; the differential, directional derivatives, gradients; double and triple integrals, evaluation and applications; cylindrical and spherical coordinates.
Place into MATH120 with approved and documented math placement test scores or by completing both MATH111 (College Algebra) and MATH114 (Trigonometry) with a grade of C or better, or Precalculus with a grade of C or better.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Clearly relate interpretation of solutions to standard calculus application problems.
  • Achieve strong critical thinking skills in terms of problem solving. Students are expected to be able to determine from any initial question of any of the following that apply:
    1. the meaning and importance of all given information
    2. the primary unknown for which a solution is desired
    3. any secondary unknowns or relationships that may be required
    4. proper understanding of the techniques required to move toward solution
    5. a proper understanding of the meaning of the solution, and
    6. Ability to interpret and properly explain the solution
  • Clearly show work or provide clear explanation as how to setup and generate a solution for application problems
  • Make use of graphing calculators to solve numeric analysis problems, and to check work through graphing technique
  • Use, understand and write all required algebraic symbols and abbreviations
  • Use the operation of limits to algebraically derive the slope formula of a function
  • Use the operation of limits to identify functions as either continuous or discontinuous
  • Use the operation of limits to identify function behavior as either finite or infinite
  • Use the operation of limits to calculate the exact area beneath a curve
  • Use the slope function to correctly determine the equation of a tangent line
  • Use slope functions to determine whether tangent lines are horizontal, vertical, or neither
  • Use the slope function to identify function points as maximums, minimums, or neither
  • Use function domain to identify potential maximum or minimum function values
  • Use the laws of differentiation to create slope-functions from functions
  • Identify objective and constraint functions in application problems
  • Identify independent function and differentiation variable in applied rate problems
  • Use proper language and grammatical structure to state answers to application problems
  • Use Newton’s Method to numerically determine the solution to equations
  • Distinguish between explicit and implicit differentiation
  • Use the laws of algebra and trigonometry to simplify derivative functions
  • Use a function’s graph to identify the function’s slope-graph
  • Use Riemann Sums to partition a function domain into a set of contiguous sub-domain
  • Use Riemann Sums to determine the simple standard geometric mathematical model on an infinitesimal interval for a non-standard geometrical problem over a finite domain
  • Use the laws of integration to determine a function from a slope-function
  • Use the laws of integration to solve separable differential equations
  • Use the laws of integration to determine the area between two functions
  • Use the laws of integration to determine the volume, surface area and arc length of solids of revolution
  • Use the laws of integration to determine the total amount of work done in moving forces

  • Real numbers, coordinate systems in two dimensions, lines, functions, combination of functions. 6%
  • Definition of limit, theorems on limits, one-sided limits, continuous functions.12%
  • The derivative of a function, rules for finding derivatives, increments and differentials,12%
  • The chain rule, implicit differentiation, derivatives involving powers of functions, derivatives of trigonometric functions, higher order derivatives, Newton’s method. 14%
  • Local extrema of functions, Rolles' Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem, the first derivative test, concavity and the second derivative test, horizontal and vertical asymptotes, applications of extrema, the derivative as a rate of change, related rates, anti- derivatives, application to economics. 14%
  • Area, definition of definite integral, properties of the definite integral, the Mean Value Theorem for definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, indefinite integrals and change of variables, numerical integration. 16%
  • Area, solids of revolution, volumes using cylindrical shells, volumes by slicing. 14%
  • Separable differential equations, Force and Work applications, Moments and Moment Applications. 12%


Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 7th Edition, Edwards, Penney, Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2008.

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6-7 hourly exams are given during the semester, 100 points each. A comprehensive final exam, which accounts for 200 points of the grade, and homework and/or projects using computer software account for 100 points.

Determination of grade based upon all work completed is as follows:
below 60%


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