MT A152-03 Engineering Calculus I

Time/Place

This section of the course (Fall 2000) meets MTRF 1:10PM-2:00PM in McDonnell-Douglas Hall 1066.

General Description

Calculus is a clever way of studying functions. It is a particularly pleasing way of studying functions because one can get some understanding of its most basic concepts by staring at a graph of a function (e.g. a tangent line to a graph or the concavity of a graph, terms which I will explain very early in the course). Calculus ranks up there with fire, the wheel, and the modern electronic computer as one of the great discoveries of humanity because of its many applications to difficult problems in economics, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, and even within mathematics itself. I will focus on such applications during the course. The image above illustrates another of the nice geometric ideas which will arise: the method of Riemann sums for computing the area under a graph.

Here is the course schedule which gives the specific topics to be covered and corresponding section numbers in the book.

There is also a very terse course description contained in the SLU Undergraduate Catalog (PDF format). The course prerequisite is a "C" or better in either MT A117, MT A141, or equivalent. Credit is not given for both MT A152 and MT A142.

Textbook Information

The required text for the course is Calculus by Gerald L. Bradley and Karl J. Smith. The publishers maintain a web page for the book which has some great features, online help, etc. Students can get the text from the SLU Bookstore.

Math CAD information

Check out the Mathcad home page.

Homework and Exams

There will be some homework problems every week, unless otherwise indicated. Here is the latest homework assignment. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, but each student should prepare his or her own set of solutions.

There will be three in-class exams given September 22nd, October 23rd, and November 16th; together these exams make up 50% of your final grade. The final exam is scheduled for Friday, December 15th from Noon-1:50AM; it is comprehensive and is worth 35% of your final grade. Class participation (group work) accounts for the remaining 15%. Make-up exams will not be given. The College of Arts & Sciences has a policy concerning academic honesty with which you should be familiar.

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