Course Syllabus



Course Description:

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This course explores the basic concepts of analytic geometry, limits (including indeterminate forms), derivatives, and integrals. The topics covered will include graphs, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and hyperbolic functions. Standard proofs will be covered, such as delta-epsilon proofs and proofs of some theorems. Applications will be covered, including those involving rectilinear motion, differentials, related rates, graphing, and optimization.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • compute limits of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.
  • calculate derivatives of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.
  • evaluate integrals of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.
  • apply derivatives and integrals to solve physics, economic, geometric, and/or other problems.
  • prove basic theorems related to limits, continuity, and differentiability, including delta-epsilon proofs.

Course Content:

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  • Real numbers, coordinate systems in two dimensions, lines, functions
  • Introduction to limits, definition of limits, theorems on limits, one-sided limits, computation of limits using numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches, delta-epsilon proofs; continuity and differentiability of functions, determining if a function is continuous at a real number; limits at infinity, asymptotes; introduction to derivatives and the limit definition of the derivative at a real number and as a function
  • Use of differentiation theorems, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and hyperbolic functions, the chain rule, implicit differentiation, differentiation of inverse functions, higher order derivatives, use derivatives for applications including equation of tangent lines and related rates, and differentials
  • Local and absolute extrema of functions; Rolle's theorem and the Mean Value Theorem; the first derivative test, the second derivative test, concavity; graphing functions using first and second derivatives, concavity, and asymptotes; applications of extrema including optimization, antiderivatives, indeterminate forms, and L'Hopital's rule
  • Sigma notation, area, evaluating the definite integral as a limit, properties of the integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus including computing integrals, and integration by substitution


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Calculus, Volume 1 from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-13-1

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Important Notes:

  • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
  • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

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