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 .
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.
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).