Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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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. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011  or ELAI 990 . For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to five semester hours. Five hours each week.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, 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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