Math 170: Calculus for the Life Sciences
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Course Information
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Course Prerequisite(s)
One of:
- Grade of C or better in Math 110
- Grade of C or better in Math 121
- Appropriate score on the math placement test
Course Description
Introduction to calculus with applications to the life sciences, mathematical modeling, differentiation, integration and applications
Calculus is a beautiful and venerable subject, whose main aim is to understand the properties of functions, and how they can be used to describe and predict the behavior of various physical systems. The prominence and importance of such study reaches far beyond the pure mathematical endeavor into numerous applications, among others in engineering, natural sciences, and economics._
Credit Awarded
4 hours (some exceptions noted below)
Prior credit in MATH 165 or MATH 180 will be lost with subsequent completion of MATH 170.
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Course Materials
Textbook
Students will need the MyMathLab access code. The access code comes with an electronic version of the book, but one is also welcome to purchase the hard copy of the textbook. Textbook and access code can be purchased separately or together.
The textbook is Calculus: Early Transcendentals by William Briggs and Lyle Cochran, published by Addison-Wesley.
A custom UIC edition of the textbook is available in an unbound, looseleaf, 3-ring binder design.
The course will cover chapters 2 through 5 in Math 170. A brief description of the material covered each week is given in the weekly schedule below.
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The use of any electronic devices with computing capabilities is prohibited during exams and quizzes.
Resources and Material
Course Schedule
Sections | Topics |
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Week 1
Sec. 2.1-2.3 |
Limits: Introduction, Computation Diagnostic Exam |
Week 2 Sec 2.3-2.5 |
More Limits, Squeeze Theorem, Infinite Limits and Limits at Infinity |
Week 3
Sec 2.6, 3.1 |
Continuity, Introduction to Derivatives |
Week 4
Sec 3.2-3.4 |
Derivatives: Basic Rules, Product/Quotient Rules |
Week 5
Sec 3.5-3.6 |
Derivatives: Trig Functions, Review & Midterm 1, Chain Rule |
Week 6
Sec 3.7-3.9 |
Derivatives: Chain Rule, Implicit Differentiation, Log/Exponential |
Week 7
Sec 3.10-4.1 |
Derivatives: Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Related Rates, Extrema |
Week 8
Sec 4.2-4.3 |
Monotonicity, Concavity, Graphing Functions |
Week 9
Sec 4.3-4.4 |
More Graphing, Review & Midterm 2, Optimization |
Week 10
4.4.-4.6 |
Optimization, Linear Approximation, the Mean Value Theorem |
Week 11
Sec 4.7, 4.9 |
L'Hopital's Rule, Antiderivatices |
Week 12
Sec 5.1-5.2 |
Definite Integrals |
Week 13
Sec 5.2-5.3 |
Definite Integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus |
Week 14
Sec 5.4-5.5 |
Applications and Substitution |
Week 15
5.5, Review |
More Substitution and Review |
Week 16 (Finals' Week) |
Final Exam |