Summer 2008

MTHS 630
Single Variable Calculus


06/23/2008 - 08/01/2008
Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Science Tower 137

This course will cover all the topics in Differential Calculus in all their detail: limit, continuity, derivative, differentiation rules, implicit differentiation, extreme values, Mean Value Theorem, curve-sketching, and optimization. Also, all the topics in Integral Calculus in all their detail: area under a curve, definite integral, The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, some transcendental functions (exponential, natural logarithm), techniques of integration, and applications of the Integral Calculus.

We will supplement the course with historical readings on the discovery/invention of Calculus, and explore how the TI-83 graphing calculator has transformed the way we teach Calculus.

Students will submit solved homework problems at every class. Final grades will be based on the graded homework.

Students are required to have a graphing calculator (TI-83 or higher).

Irene Mulvey (B.A., Stonehill College; Ph.D., Wesleyan University) is professor of mathematics at Fairfield University. Her recent publications include "Symbolic Representation for a Class of Unimodal Cycles," Topology and Its Applications (2002), and "Multi-modal Cycles with Linear Map Having Exactly One Fixed Point," International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences (2001). Click here for more information about Irene Mulvey.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:

PLEASE NOTE: A TI-83 or higher graphing calculator is required, preferably a TI-83 plus.


Calculus (6th Edition) by James Stewart (ISBN: 0-495-38558-1)

Due to the high price of this text, the instructor plans to have enough copies available for all students to borrow for the entirety of the course. If students wish to purchase their own copy, they should attempt to purchase a used copy at a cheaper price.

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