Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences

Spring, 2010

- Course Topics
- Course Objectives
- Contacting the professor
- Reading Your Textbook
- Use of technology
- Your Written Work
- Evaluations
- Accomodations for Disabilities
- A Final Note

Our primary focus this semester will be upon learning the skills
associated with Differential and Integral Calculus for functions of
a single variable, with some expansion to functions of more than one
variable near the end of the course. At the same time, we will look
at applications of these skills, mostly as they pertain to business
and economics. The text we will use for the course is
**
Brief Calculus and Its Applications, 10th Edition**,
by Goldstein, Lay and Schneider.

- Students should learn to solve a variety of Calculus problems and explain appropriately those solutions in writing. The problems selected are primarily from the areas of differentiation and integration.
- Students should understand and explain the historical significance of some of the mathematical ideas encountered.
- Students should develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of a mathematical way of thinking as applied to practical problems and an awareness of its mysterious elements. They should see mathematics as an important aspect of God's provision of a world in which we can live and engage in commerce with our fellow cretaures as well as a discipline that points beyond itself to someone higher; in other words, a mediator between God's creatures and the world He has created for them.

I may be reached by phone at x66856, but a better way
to reach me is by email.
If you require my approval for something, do
**not** consider having left a message for me
as equivalent to having obtained that approval.

Do so either the day we cover it, or in anticipation the night before. The sections we will cover are indicated on the course calendar, which, though subject to change, is fairly reliable for about a week in advance of the current day.

A graphing calculator will be helpful in the course, so if you do not already have one, please speak with me. In addition, your assignments may include problems for which you are required to visit various webpages and perform certain tasks there. Such activities can be carried out at any computer with an internet connection, which includes those in open computer labs about campus.

Give as much attention to presenting your solutions in a coherent
manner (using mathematical symbols as part of your sentence
structure) as you give to actually solving problems, as it is the
explanation of each problem that is graded (not simply the answer
itself). Submission of work that incorporates another's writeup,
even on homework, will be considered
**academic dishonesty**. (See
Section 4.2.8 of the Faculty Handbook.)
You *may* borrow someone's *idea* for solving a problem.
When it is the case that this borrowing represents a significant step
in your answer, indicate this on your write-up (i.e., give the person's
name if a member of the class, the url of the pertinent website, etc.).

Homework | 10% | Exams | each 17% | |

Quizzes | 10% | Final | 24% | |

Participation | 5% |

Your participation grade will be determined at my discretion. You can easily earn the full credit with regular attendance (an absolute necessity if you wish to do well in the course, anyway), demonstrating your curiosity in class (either on topics being discussed in class or in the text), asking questions via email, taking an active role in a regularly-meeting study group, etc. It is only in noting an obvious lack of these, a lack of respectful behavior in class on your behalf, your using class time to complete homework, or some other type of problematic activity (about which I will speak with you) that I will begin to deduct from your participation grade.

At semester's end, I will compare your grade on the final exam with what you have received on the three in-class exams. If the final is better than any one of the three, I will replace the worst of these with the final exam grade, so that the final will count as 41% (instead of 24%) of your semester grade.

This page maintained by:
Thomas L. Scofield

Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Calvin College