Dec 01, 2023
MATH 170 - Calculus for Life Sciences I
Intended primarily for students of the life sciences. An introduction to the major ideas of single variable calculus including limits, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions; applications to the life sciences. Credit may not be earned in both MATH 170 and MATH 181 . Not intended for students of the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in MATH 165 , appropriate score on mathematics assessment test, or consent of department. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to five semester hours. Five hours each week.
4 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Evaluate limits graphically, algebraically, and numerically.
- Interpret limits verbally.
- Find a derivative directly from the limit definition of a derivative.
- Explain and distinguish between average and instantaneous rates of change and be able to interpret each within the context of an applied problem.
- Identify and apply the appropriate rule(s) for symbolic differentiation.
- Interpret derivatives verbally in the context of an application.
- Demonstrate how to use derivatives to model and analyze a variety of applications, such as problems involving optimization, related rates, and applied problems in the life sciences.
- Demonstrate how to use derivatives to obtain information about the graph of a function and use the graph of a function to obtain information about its derivatives.
- Interpret the definite integral as a limit of sums.
- Interpret the indefinite integral as an inverse process of differentiation and evaluate indefinite integrals.
- Determine when and how to apply the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
- Demonstrate how to use technology to discover, explore, illustrate, and understand limits, derivatives, and integrals.
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