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Mathematics 152

MATH 151:152

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MATH 151:152. Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II. (3:3)
Three hours lecture, one hour lab, three hours credit for each course.

Prerequisite: Students registering for Math 151 must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. A grade of C or better in an approved college-level precalculus course, including or in addition to some trigonometry at the high school or college level.
  2. An SAT math score of 550 or better.
  3. A passing score on a placement exam approved by the math department.

The first part of this course covers the concept of functions, limits, and continuity of functions the derivative, rules and applications of differentiation.  The second part deals with the Riemann integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, methods of integration, and applications.  Mathematical software packages and graphing calculators will be used as illustrative and problem-solving devices.  This course has been approved for credit in the Mathematical Sciences Area of the Core Curriculum.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The following topics will be covered in MATH 151:

  • Functions and their graphs, algebra of functions, inverse functions
  • Important classes of functions, including exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
  • Limits: graphical, numerical and analytic methods, one-sided limits
  • Continuity
  • Derivatives: Definition, basic rules of differentiation, including the power, product, quotient and chain rule, implicit differentiation, derivatives of inverse functions.
  • Curve sketching, extrema and inflection points, optimization problems, related rates, Newton’s method and differentials.


The following topics will be covered in MATH 152:

  • Anti-derivatives and the indefinite integral.
  • Fundamental properties of the Riemann integral and its relation to area, Riemann sums, properties of definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. 
  • Basic techniques of integration including the integration of polynomials, exponential, logarithmic and simple trigonometric functions, integration by substitution, integration by parts, partial fractions and trigonometric substitutions.
  • Numerical integration methods and the use of tables and formulas.
  • Applications of the definite integral to calculating area, volume, arc length, and applications to the physical science.
  • L’Hôpital’s rule
  • Improper Integrals
  • Elementary differential equations, exponential growth and decay, the logistic equation.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instructors will use a combination of lectures, group work and computer laboratory sessions. Some may require students to present homework problems to the rest of the class on a regular basis. Software packages and graphing utilities will be used in solving problems and as illustrative aids.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students are expected to learn the basic principles of Calculus and Analytic Geometry and to demonstrate the use of these principles in problem solving. In addition to paper and pencil problem solving, students will use appropriate graphing calculator and computer algebra system technology to solve equations, plot, differentiate and integrate.

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

Students will be able to:

  • identify and interpret relationships among numeric, symbolic, and graphical information
  • generate mathematical models using numeric, symbolic, and graphical information for use in real-world applications
  • solve problems using numeric, symbolic, and graphical information


Assessment Measures

Graded tasks may include tests, quizzes, homework exercises, papers, class participation and attendance. Students will be required to demonstrate literacy in the use of mathematical software packages and/or graphing calculators as effective tools in problem-solving.


Other Course Information

This course is primarily intended for freshman and sophomore students, especially those majoring in mathematics, computer science, the sciences, psychology, or economics.


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