MTH131 Applied Calculus I

Fall 2004

Instructor: Lubos Thoma
Office: Tyler Hall 214
Tel: 874.4451

Class Schedule:     Section 03:   MWF 12.00 -- 12.50pm, Kelley 102
                                Section 05:   MWF 2.00 -- 2.50pm, Wales 223

Office hours: MW 3.00 - 4.00 pm, F 1.00 - 2.00pm, and by appointment

Central Webpage

Important dates -- exams, quizes, homework
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      Homework set 10:   Section 5.3, exercise 13; exercise 14 on page 247;
            Section 7.1, exercises 10, 15, 54     due Monday December 6
      Homework set 9:   Section 5.1, exercises 3, 9,     Section 5.2, exercises 8, 16, 18     due Monday November 22
      Homework set 8:   Section 4.7, exercises 5, 8,   and answer exercise 14 using function R(x) = 100/( 1+100e^(-0.2x) );     Section 4.8, exercises 4, 7     due Monday November 15
      Homework set 7:   copies of homework set 7 has been distrubited in class
            due Monday November 1
      Homework set 6:   Section 3.1, exercises 18, 36;   Section 3.2, exercise 6, 26,
            Section 3.3, exercises 4, 30, 33     due Monday October 25
      Homework set 5:   Section 'Limits, ...', exercises 16, 26 (page 134),   Section 2.3, exercise 9,
            Section 2.4, exercises 2, 14 (for section 03 only), exercises 10, 11 (for section 05 only);
            due Monday October 18
      Homework set 4:   Section 1.10, exercise 20,   Section 2.1, exercises 9, 14,
            Section 2.2, exercises 12, 14;     due Monday October 4
      Homework set 3:   Section 1.7, exercises 3, 24,   Section 1.9, exercise 17,
            Section 1.10, exercises 14;     due Monday September 27
      Homework set 2:   Section 1.3, exercise 14,   Section 1.5, exercise 4,
            Section 1.6, exercises 12,22;     due Monday September 20
      Homework set 1:   Section 1.1, exercise 10,   Section 1.2, exercise 2;     due Monday September 13

Course Information


GOALS OF THIS COURSE: Math 131 is a calculus course primarily intended for students in the life or social sciences, such as Biology, Pharmacy, and Economics. It is different (but not easier) than the four-credit calculus course, Math 141, designed for students who intend to take more advanced math, such as engineering, computer science, and mathemactics majors. The main emphasis will on the practical interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, and algebraic terms, although important theoretical concepts will also be covered. The main topics of the course are functions, differentiation, integration and applications.

EXPECTATIONS: We expect that you will give this course 7-9 hours a week of your undivided attention, in addition to your class time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this and still get a grade you'll like. We also expect that you will ATTEND YOUR CLASS.

Exams and Evaluation

There will be three evening exams given during the semester outside of class. Their dates will be posted on the central web page and announced in class as soon as available. All sections will take these exams. The final exam will be scheduled at a common time for all sections.
The exams will reflect the variety of the homework problems. Do not expect to be asked merely to solve homework problems with the numbers changed. The best way to prepare for the exams, and to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems, is to work on the homework problems as suggested.

GRADING: Your grade will be determined out of a possible of 600 points:
      three common exams, 100 points for each exam
      final exam 200 points
      homework, quizes, or classwork 100 points