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Mathematics 1K03E (Spring 2010) Course Outline, page 1 of 2
Course Outline
Mathematics 1K03(E), Spring 2010
Introductory Calculus for Business, Humanities and the Social Sciences
Purpose of the course: To obtain a working knowledge of differential calculus with
applications to business, economics, and the social sciences. It will often be
important, and useful, to go back and forth between a visual (geometric) approach and a symbolic
(algebraic) approach. More details are listed later in this outline.
Course Website:
Dr. Z.V. Kovarik
[email protected]
Time and location:
Office Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays 19:00-22:00; JHE/264
Mondays, Wednesdays: 17:00 to 18:00
or by appointment (e-mail preferred)
Applied Calculus for Business, Economics and the Social and Life Sciences 10 th
edition Expanded edition: ISBN: 0077297881
Student Solutions Manual Applied Calculus for Business, Economics, and the
Social and Life Sciences, 10th edition EXPANDED EDITION ISBN:
Marking Scheme:
Better outcome of the two weightings in columns:
3 tests (equal weights)
Final Exam
There are three tests, each during the first 50 minutes of the evening time block.
TENTATIVE times are:
Test 1:
May 17
Test 2:
May 31
Test 3:
June 9
Locations and seating will be announced one week before the actual test, both in
class and on the course website. In case of work stoppage or other cancellations, the instructor
reserves the right to reschedule test dates.
In addition, a “diagnostic test” will be administered, (tentatively) on
Wednesday, May 5, in class. This is intended to serve the students as an
indication of the student’s basic skills at the beginning of the course. The score is
not included in the marking scheme.
IMPORTANT: You MUST bring your student card to all tests. If you do not bring it,
your mark on the test will be zero.
Calculator: Only the standard Casio fx 991 calculator is permitted on tests and the final
examination. All other calculators, and other computing devices, including cell
phones, are prohibited.
Mathematics 1K03E (Spring 2010) Course Outline, page 2 of 2
Final Exam:
will be conducted during the last three hours of the course, on June 16, unless other
arrangements need to be made – these will be announced on the course website.
There will be no assignments to be turned in. However, practice problems from the
textbook for homework will be posted. The answers are in the back of the textbook, and
detailed solutions are in the Student’s Solution Manual.
There are no tutorials for spring/summer courses, and the availability of the TA for
consultations will be posted.
Missed Tests:
Missing a test due to illness or another valid reason must be reported by the student to
your Faculty/Program Office who will substantiate you reason and contact the course
instructor. Scheduling conflicts must be discussed with the instructor at least ONE
WEEK before the event.
Registration in more courses in the same time slot is not a recognized scheduling
Things You Need to Know from Your Previous Courses in Mathematics:
Factoring polynomials, solving a quadratic equation (by factoring and by formula), laws
of exponents (including fractional and negative exponents) to simplify an expression,
finding the slope and intercepts of a straight line from its equation, solving a pair of
equations, graphing simple curves (linear and quadratic).
Some of the Things You Will be Learning in this Course:
Finding the slope of a curve, and the tangent line, using the derivative, using the rules for
finding the derivatives, using limits to find asymptotes, using the derivatives to graph a
function, optimization problems, exponential and logarithmic functions and their
applications, including word problems.
Academic Integrity:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process.
Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned
academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on
an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for
academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various
types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Important Message: The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course
during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme
circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication
with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the
responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and
to note any changes.