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Calculus is the mathematical study of change. In the first quarter of this yearlong sequence, we will focus on the derivative. The derivative will first be developed intuitively as the slope of a tangent line or equivalently as an instantaneous velocity. Using limits, the derivative at a point will be defined formally and the limit definition of the derivative will be applied to power functions. All of the standard rules for differentiating combinations of power, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions will be used to study various rates of change. Major applications of the derivative will include related rates, extrema on closed intervals, concavity, and optimizing functions.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Mathematics, Education, Physical and Computer Science, Economics
Credits per quarter
Pre-calculus including college-algebra and trigonometry are required for success in the class.
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening
Thursdays, 6-10 pm
Located in: Olympia