Fall 2017 quarter
Pre-calculus including college-algebra and trigonometry are required for success in the class.
Calculus is the mathematical study of change. In the first quarter of this yearlong sequence, we will focus on the derivative. The derivative will first be developed intuitively as the slope of a tangent line or equivalently as an instantaneous velocity. Using limits, the derivative at a point will be defined formally and the limit definition of the derivative will be applied to power functions. All of the standard rules for differentiating combinations of power, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions will be used to study various rates of change. Major applications of the derivative will include related rates, extrema on closed intervals, concavity, and optimizing functions.
Fields of Studymathematics
Mathematics, Education, Physical and Computer Science, Economics
Location and Schedule
Thursdays, 6-10 pm