Course Description

This course is all about analyzing mathematical functions with calculus. We will begin by looking at limits and continuity of functions.

A significant part of this course covers differential calculus and applications of the derivative to marginal analysis, optimization problems, and other applications.

The final part of this course will cover integral calculus and its applications.

Course Methodology


We will be using Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences, 9th edition by Soo T. Tan.


The prerequisite for this course is Math 118. For our intents and purposes, this means you need to have mastered Chapter 1.

This prerequisite is extremely critical for your success in this class as the content in this class builds on all of Chapter 1. If you have not mastered Chapter 1, you will struggle in this class.


Lectures are held in class. Most lecture notes will be typed up, available on at this page.

Some examples will have a Show Solution button. I recommend when you are reading through the notes to try solving the problem on paper, then comparing your solution after.


Homework will be posted every second day we meet every week and due in one week at the beginning of class. The only accepted format is on paper in person. Grading is based on two criteria: completeless and a few problems will be chosen to be graded for correctness.


Quizzes will be in person every second day we meet every week, except for the first week. They will be held during the last 20 minutes of class and will cover the previous week's material and homework.


There will be two midterms and one final exam during finals week. All exams will be cumulative at the date the midterm is given.

Exam dates:


Grading Policy

The aforementioned assignments have the following grading breakdown:
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F
93-100 90-93 87-90 83-87 80-83 77-80 73-77 70-73 60-70 0-60

Academic Integrity

Cheating of any form requires, at minimum, a F on the assignment. Let us define what is allowed for each assignment.

Resource Homeworks Quizzes + Midterms + Final
Me (the professor) Yes Yes
Course materials (lectures + notes) Yes No
Textbook Yes No
Collaboration with peers Yes No
Online resources (internet + math engines like Photomath) No No

Other Important Information


Students registed with the DRC should contact me ASAP so we can set up the necessary arrangements!

Getting Help

A four unit class requires four hours of lecture and at least four hours of work outside of lecture. How to spend this time wisely?


Work on problems with your peers with an expert student. I highly recommend signing up for workshop; I have done workshop before and it was extremely helpful.

Free Drop-In Tutoring

The Math and Stats Help Hub has drop-in virtual and in-person tutoring from Monday through Thursday 4-7 PM.
Details can be found here (you need to be logged in to Canvas).

Office Hours

Using office hours is an important step in being successful in college. You should attend office hours to clear up any questions you have about anything; doesn't need to be course related. If you need help, don't hesitate to reach out!