MSUB Mathematics Department

M 171 Calculus I

Course Description

4 credits
Prerequisite: M 122 
Covers differentiation and presents applications to the approximation of functions, root finding, and 1-variable optimization.  Introduces integration.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the understanding of the general behavior of one variable functions, including transcendentals,

  • understand the definition of limit, compute it in elementary cases, and determine the limits of transcendental, rational and piecewise defined functions,

  • define infinite limits, limits at infinity, asymptotes, indeterminate forms and how to use Hopital's Rule,

  • explain the limit definition of continuity,

  • explain the limit definition of the derivative of a function, how it related to the function itself, and how to use it to compute derivatives,

  • use derivatives to find tangent lines to curves and velocity for particle motion,

  • apply the power, sum, product, quotient and chain rules of differentiation,

  • use the derivatives of exponential, logarithmic , trigonometric and hyperbolic functions,

  • explain implicit and logarithmic differentiation,

  • apply the Intermediate and Mean Value Theorems,

  • graphically analyze functions including using continuity and differentiation to determine local and global extrema, concavity, and inflection points,

  • use the derivative to solve challenging related rate and optimization word problems,

  • explain and apply Newton's Method for estimating zeros of a function, and

  • find antiderivatives of fundamental functions.Explain and apply the concept of limit, infinite limits, limits at infinity, asymptotes and how to solve limit problems involving rational and piece-wise defined functions;

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