MTH 251 : Calculus I

Transcript title

Calculus I



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Lab hours


Recommended preparation

MTH 112 (or higher) or minimum placement Math Level 22.


Introduces concepts of differential calculus for science, mathematics and engineering students. Includes limits and continuity; the derivative; rates of change; derivatives of polynomial, rational and trigonometric, log, and exponential functions; applications including related rates and optimization; and antiderivatives. Graphing calculator required.

Learning outcomes

1. Calculate and apply limits.
2. Apply the basic techniques of differentiation on polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions to investigate the behavior of mathematical models.
3. Apply and interpret the relationships between applied or theoretical models and their derivatives, with emphasis given to applications of rates of change.
4. Determine and analyze the rate of change of functions given function data from a graph, table of values, or formula.
5. Use the topics from calculus in conjunction with the graphing calculator to obtain precise graphs of models, including a graphical analysis of rates of change, concavity, and extrema for the model.
6. Analyze mathematical problems, develop solutions, and communicate those solutions through a technical or laboratory report.

Content outline

1. Limits and continuity
2. Introduction to derivatives
3. Differentiation rules
a. Basic rules
b. Product and quotient rules
c. Chain rule
d. Derivatives of various function families
e. Implicit differentiation
4. Rates and related rates
5. Derivatives and graphs
a. Extrema
b. Concavity and the derivative tests
6. Optimization

Required materials

This class requires a textbook and a graphing calculator.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by homework, labs/projects, and exams; additional assessments such as warm-ups and quizzes may also be included.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Mathematics

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