MTHSC 102 Syllabus
Summer Session 1 2012
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 M-F.
Location: Martin Hall: M102.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
Office hours are by appointment. Please email me to set up an
appointment or simply drop by my office.
- Calculus Concepts: An Informal Approach to the Mathematics of Change, Fifth Edition by LaTorre, Kenelly, Fetta, Carpenter, and Biggers. (note: text is also used in Mthsc 207) with WebAssign Access Code
- TI-83+ or TI-84+ calculator. The calculator will be used extensively in this course, and you will be expected to use it in class and on assignments, quizzes, and exams. (TI-89, TI-92 and similar calculators with symbolic algebra systems are not permitted.)
- A see-through ruler
- (may be required by instructor) Lecture and Note-taking Guide to accompany Calculus Concepts 5th ed, by Biggers and LaVare.
Goals and Objectives
- To develop a conceptual understanding of basic calculus concepts
through the study of rates of change and the interpretation of rates
of change in non-technical settings using a data-driven approach.
- To model discrete data as continuous functions and understand
We will cover topics in chapters: 1-4.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
- Evaluate functions and solve equations with the aid of a TI-84+ calculator.
- Mathematically describe the behavior of a variety of functions.
- Apply business terms to situations involving profit, revenue, cost, average cost, or the break-even point.
- Find and interpret marginal revenue, andcost, given a revenue or cost function.
- Use interest formulas to find present value, future value, and doubling time.
- Develop a complete model from a data set. Use the model for extrapolation and interpolation and finding rates of change.
- Find change, average rate of change and/or percentage change from a function represented verbally, graphically, numerically, or algebraically.
- Find and interpret the slope of a tangent line to a function graph.
- Find and interpret the derivative for a large class of functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and logistic, and their sums, products, and compositions.
- Use derivatives to optimize a function and interpret that value.
- Understand the relationships between a function graph and its first and second derivative graphs.
ePorfolio Mthsc 102 satisfies the General Education requirement
for Mathematical, Scientific, and Technological Literacy. Consequently,
copies of your activities and exams for this course should be placed in
your general education portfolio. Please put the following documents
in the indicated sections of your ePortfolio.
- Critical Thinking - Acquire, analyze, and evaluate information to determine its quality and utility
Use problems from the three unit tests and class activities that involve mathematical modeling and interpreting models. Problems involving optimization and application oriented interpretations.
- Mathematical, Scientific, and Technological Literacy – Demonstrate mathematical literacy through solving problems, communicating concept, reasoning mathematically, and applying mathematical or statistical methods using multiple representations.
Use (the more challenging) problems from the three unit tests and class activities that involve formulating, solving, and interpreting mathematical problems.
Please be sure to devote at least 10 hours per week outside of class
to this course.
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
- 3 In-class Exams 60%
- Homework, Learning Activities 15%
- Cumulative Final Exam 25%
The following grading scale will be used:
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the
Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will
be No make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a
misses an exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's
score will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who
an exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence
was excused will recieve a 0 for the exam.
Regular and punctual attendance is expected. If the instructor is
present 25 minutes after class is scheduled to begin then you may
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It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized
basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities.
Students are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services to
discuss their individual needs for accommodation.