Mathematics 126

Math 126
Business Calculus

Catalog Entry

MATH 126. Business Calculus
Three Lecture Hours (3).

Prerequisites: A C or better in a high-school or college level pre-calculus class or a C or better in Math 125.

An introduction to calculus with particular emphasis on applications in business and economics. Topics include functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, exponential functions and logarithms, anti-derivatives and the integral. Will not satisfy requirements for a major in mathematics. Students who have received credit for MATH 151 may not also receive credit for MATH 126. This course has been approved for credit in the Mathematical Sciences Area of the Core Curriculum.


Detailed Description of Course

 The course will cover the following topics

  • Precalculus review as needed
  • Functions and their graphs
  • Limits and continuity
  • Derivatives
  • Techniques of differentiation – product, quotient and chain rules
  • Marginal cost, marginal revenue and marginal profit
  • Elasticity of demand
  • Applied optimization problems
  • Exponential functions and their derivatives
  • The natural logarithm
  • Anti-derivatives
  • Area and the fundamental theorem of calculus
  • Consumer and producers surplus


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Most instructors will use the lecture method; some may require students to work together in small groups. Calculators and computers will be used both inside and outside class. In all sections students will be expected to work problems assigned as homework.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students with a major in the College of Business and Economics are expected to develop and improve their skills in mathematics.


Students will be able to use the tools of mathematics and quantitative reasoning to conceptualize and solve problems.


Students will be able to:

a.       interpret relationships among numeric, symbolic, and graphical information as applied to the real world;
b.       solve problems using numeric, symbolic, and graphical information

Assessment Measures

Graded tasks may include homework, quizzes and written exams; they may also include group projects and written or oral class participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval Date

June 20, 2015