MATH 110 — Differential Calculus

Session 2015W, September 2015 — April 2016

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MATH 110 is a two-term course in differential calculus. It covers the same calculus content as one-term differential calculus courses, but with additional material designed to strengthen essential precalculus topics. There is also an increased emphasis on problem solving.

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The document below gives an approximate schedule of topics covered in the course. The section numbers refer to the textbook Contemporary Calculus by Dale Hoffman. Note that, in some cases, not every topic in a textbook section will be covered (see Note below); and occasionally a topic will be introduced in class which is not covered in the textbook (see Other Course Resources for supplemental notes). Also, a “Week” represents approximately a week's worth of lecture time, not necessarily a calendar week.

Topics and weekly schedule (PDF document)

Note: You are not responsible for the material in the following sections of the textbook: section 0.1: all (although I recommend you read this introductory section for your own interest); section 0.2: Angles between Lines, Angle Formed by Intersecting Lines; section 0.4: Iteration of Functions, the Greatest Integer Function, A Really "Holey" Function; section 0.5: all; section 1.2: Comparing the limits of functions; List method for showing that a limit does not exist; section 1.3: Bisection Algortihm for approximating roots; section 1.4: all; section 2.3: A Really "Bent" function; section 2.5: Parametric equations; section 2.7: all; section 2.8: Relative error and percentage error, the differential of f.

There are 4 main components to the course:


The required textbook is Contemporary Calculus by Dale Hoffman. This is an online textbook available for free under the Creative Commons license. You can download it here. You are encouraged to download a copy; you may also print it out if you wish.



Term 1: Term 2:


  • Grade summary A student's final grade is based on assignments (15%), workshops (15%), midterm tests (10% each), section-specific in-class work (5%), the December exam (20%) and April exam (25%).
  • No calculators or electronic communication devices are allowed at during exams and quizzes. Formula sheets are also not allowed.
  • Missed Work or Tests: If a test is missed for a documented medical or other reason, it will be ignored. Permission to write a makeup midterm may be granted in the following two circumstances: (a) a scheduling conflict with other courses or labs, (b) prior notice of a valid, documented absence (e.g. out-of-town varsity athletic commitment accompanied by a letter from a coach) on the scheduled date; or (c) notification to the instructor within 72 hours of absence due to medical condition. Original written documentation, for example a doctor’s note, is required; otherwise, a score of 0 will be given for the missed test.


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