MATH 2110: Applied Calculus - 4 Semester Credit Hours

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Applied Calculus: Course Identification

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Introductory Video



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Different Names for Applied Calculus

"Applied Calculus" is best described as a "single college-level course in differential and integral calculus". This type of single-semester course has many equivalent names:
  • Applied Calculus
  • Business Calculus
  • Survey of Calculus
  • Liberal Arts Calculus
  • Calculus for Management or Social Science or ...
  • Calculus for Biology
Sometimes Applied Calculus is referred to as "Junior Calculus" or even "Baby Calc" - distinguishing Applied Calculus as the lower track of Calculus, in comparision to the higher track of Engineering-level Calculus I.

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Lower Applied Calculus vs. Higher Engineering Calculus I

Both Applied Calculus and (Engineering) Calculus I provide an introduction to differential and integral calculus.
 

Applied Calculus provides a lighter, more general introduction to the introductory topics of Calculus, while the higher Calculus I course expects students to have strong fundamentals in the concepts of limits, derivatives, and integrals, and applications of these concepts to more difficult and challenging problem sets, in preparation for continuation to the higher Calculus II course in the first year Calculus sequence. Applied Calculus is "a notch or two easier" than the Engineering Calculus I course

Applied Calculus does not include nor require trigonometry. High School Algebra II is sufficient prerequisite for Applied Calculus, while the higher Calculus I course requires College Algebra, Trigonometry, and/or Precalculus.

The main topical differences between the lower Applied Calculus and the higher (Engineering) Calculus I course are described in the table below.

Topic Applied Calculus Calculus I
Trigonometry No Yes
Analytical Geometry No Conic Sections, Parametric Functions
Functions Polynomials, Roots, Exponential, Logarithmic Polynomials, Roots, Exponential, Logarithmic, Trigonometric, Composite, Integral Functions
Limits Mainly Graphical, Numerical Algebraic, Graphical, Numerical
Derivatives Simple Algebraic Rules Rigorous Rule Development, Application
Applications Economics, Finance, Easier Physics, Economics, Rates, Challenging
Introduction to Differential Equations No Yes
Derivatives and Integrals of Parametric Curves/Functions No Yes
Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration Minimal Yes
Integration Basic Integration Rules Algebraic Integration, Integral Functions, Integration via Substitution, Preparation for Calculus II

The Applied Calculus course does include more applications to business, finance, economics, etc. than does the Engineering Calculus course.

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Will Applied Calculus Suffice For Your Program?

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Course Content & Syllabus

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Applied Calculus - Academic Caveats

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Typical Students in Applied Calculus

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Student Academic Goals

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Example Student Profiles

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Referenced Colleges/Universities

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Applied Calculus: Academics

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80% Computer Algebra, 20% Pencil/Paper, 0% Multiple Choice

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Example Curriculum

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Screencast Video Questions

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Example Student Work and Grading

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