The creation of calculus at the end of the seventeenth century marks the beginning of the modern scientific approach to understanding the world around us. With the tools of calculus, changing phenomena in the physical world could be quantified, predicted, and harnessed. As such, calculus is an essential part of a complete liberal arts curriculum.
All students in the program will work through the essential techniques, definitions, and problems of calculus. Two options will be available to students based on assignments and projects they
complete. Students continuing in the physical sciences will develop concepts more rigorously and pursue relevant topics in detail. Students interested in calculus as part of a liberal arts education, will investigate relevant historical and philosophical topics.
Precalculus topics will be addressed as they arise naturally in a calculus curriculum. The focus of Calculus 1 is modeling change using the derivative. Topics will be introduced intuitively and
defined rigorously. Optimization will be a major emphasis and all students will complete a project investigating adaptive strategies of hares in extreme climates.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Mathematics, Physical Science, Education, Computer Science, Economics
Credits per quarter
Precalculus background preferred. College algebra and some trigonometry required.
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Required textbook and online access code total approximately $100.
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00 am
SEM 2 D1105 - Lecture