Calculus for Business, Math 140
Section 4: TTh 4:30-5:45, MAN1142
Section 5: TTh 6:00-7:15, MAN1142
Prerequisites: Math 101/105 or a passing score (12 or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam (located at http://math.csuci.edu/placement/logon.asp. Students must have passed the ELM, equivalent test, or appropriate prerequisite class to take this class.
Course Objectives: Through this course, students will be able to
Topics covered: Functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications.
- Apply differential methods to solve busines related problems.
- Apply derivatives and integrals in various contexts.
- Use computers and other graphical methods for mathematical modeling.
- Compute maxima and minima, and use other optimization methods.
- Apply mathematical arguments to decision making.
- Express ideas of Calculus in oral and written form.
Participation: Mathematics is not a spectator sport; doing mathematics involves doing mathematics. Students need to participate in learning
activities because these are ways that you, as a student, learn. There are many ways of participation; classroom attendance is the beginning. Asking questions
in class, coming to office hours to ask questions, participating in class activites, getting together in a study group, and consulting with other professors or tutors are all ways you can help further your understanding. Ultimately, the best participation is whatever it takes for you to take the ideas and concepts
in the class and be able to create your own understanding.
Learning environment: Treating others with respect and consideration is critical to the success of each learner. Your personal interactions should reflect this at all times. In addition, your behavior should give each classmate utmost consideration. If you must arrive late or leave early, do so in a way that minimizes the disruption. And of course, please turn off all cell phones, alarms, beepers, etc. while in class.
Homework: I will assign homework each week on Monday, and they will be found on the assignments website. Instead of collecting the assignments, there will be weekly homework quizzes on Blackboard. It is important to keep current on the homework because each concept in the class builds on previous concepts, and catching up is much more difficult than keeping current.
Your homework is the place where most of your learning will take place in the class. The processes of trying things out, testing, asking questions, running into obstacles, and figuring out how to overcome them are all essential to learning. There will times when you will figure out things relatively quickly, and there will be times when a certain concept takes a lot of time and gets frustrating. This is absolutely normal. It is through persistence and hard work that you will achieve understanding. Here are some words from people who have learned and achieved a lot in life:
Homework quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes on the homework. The questions will be
based directly on the homework exercises, so you will need your finished homework set when taking the quiz. Each quiz will be available in the assignments section of Blackboard for a short time in the week after the corresponding homework is assigned. Late quizzes will not be accepted, but I will drop the lowest two quiz grades.
- Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. --Thomas A. Edison
- The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who donít want it badly enough. --Randy Pausch
- There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. --Colin Powell
- Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. --The Dread Pirate Roberts
Midterms: There will be two midterms The midterms are scheduled for the sixth week and the eleventh week. They will be held during the regular class
time in the regular classroom. Calculators and notes may not be used on the midterms.
Final: The final is scheduled for Tuesday Dec. 9 4:00-6:00pm for the 4:30 class and Thursday Dec. 11 7:00-9:00pm for the 6:00 class. The final will be comprehensive. Calculators and notes may
not be used on the final as well. NB: Early finals will be not be given. Please plan accordingly.
Makeup Exams: There will be no makeup exams. If you are unable to take one for an excused reason, I will average the
rest of your exam grades for the course and use that in place of the exam score.
Read the Book! The textbook is a valuable resource which contains a lot of useful information.
Additional Resources: The University Math Tutoring Center is available for drop-in tutoring, is located on the second floor of the Broome Library, and is open
M-Th 9am-7pm and F 9am-2pm. It is a good place to get math help. Another fantastic
resource is the other people in class. Working together is an invaluable help in understanding math, and I highly
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: http://www.csuci.edu/disability. CSUCI, Disability Accommodation Services (DAS), and I are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with various documented disabilities (physical, learning, or psychological). If you are a student requesting accommodations for this course, please contact me at the beginning of the semester and make an appointment with DAS (x3331 or TDD x3331) for the verification of accommodation of need. I will work closely together with you and your coordinator to provide necessary accommodations.
Academic Honesty: The homework and exams are intended to be representative of the student's own learning or work. If I suspect a violation
of academic honesty, then I will discuss the apparent incident with the student to provide them with an opportunity to explain the situation. If I feel
that indeed academic dishonesty has occurred, then I will file a report with the Dean of Faculty, the Provost, or the Vice-President for Student Affairs.
Depending on the severity of the situation, I may assign a failing grade to the homework/exam/paper, or an 'F' for the course. Students should consult the
Honor Code as listed in the 2008-2009 Catalog, section 7. (Paraphrased from the pamphlet, "Top 25 Things New Faculty Should Know About CSUCI")
Amendments: Over the course of the semester, it may be necessary to change aspects about the class structure (such as when midterm are given, for example). Whatever changes are made, I will announce them in class.
Grades: The problems will be graded on a scale with full points
assigned to fully complete and correct work, a medium number of points to partially correct or complete work, and a low number of points
to little work or substantially incomplete/incorrect work.
Your final grade will be computed as follows: 10% homework quizzes, 25% each midterm, and 40% final. Plus and minus grades will be used where appropriate.
Have a fun and successful semester!