Math 120 syllabus

Calculus and its Applications

Course Description:  Introduction to calculus with an emphasis on problem solving and applications. Key concepts are presented graphically, numerically and algebraically, although the stress is on a clear understanding of graphs and tabular data. The course covers: algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions, their properties and their use in modeling; the concepts of derivative and definite integral and applications. Students are encouraged to have a graphing calculator. Credit for both MA 120 and MA 125 not allowed. Students must have sufficient Mathematics Placement Exam score. MA 120 is not a prerequisite for subsequent calculus courses. Core Course. 

Prerequisites: ACT Math 23 or MyMathTest 080 or MA 112 Minimum Grade of C or MA 113 Minimum Grade of C or MA 115 Minimum Grade of C or SAT Mathematics 575 or MATH SECTION SCORE 595 .
Textbook: Brief Calculus and its Applications, 14th edition by Goldstein, Lay, Schneider, and Asmar.   Access code for the MyLabsPlus (MLP) course website.             

Calculator: A Texas Instruments TI30XII-S scientific calculator is required.

Learning outcomes: Upon the successful completion of the course a student will:
Understand the concept of the derivative as a rate of change and as a slope.
Compute simple derivatives using the rules of differentiation.
Use the derivative as a tool for applied problems.
Compute simple antiderivatives.
Understand the concept of a definite integral.
Learning Outcomes for Quantitative Reasoning
Evaluate information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words).
Convert relevant information into various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words).