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MA101A: Calculus I for the Natural Sciences (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

Review of algebra and trigonometry. Differential calculus of the algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions of a single variable; introduction to integral calculus; techniques of integration. Introduction to ordinary differential equations. Polar coordinates. Complex numbers. Applications to problems in the natural sciences are emphasized.

Instructor

Fei Xu (PhD)
Office location: LH3069 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4730
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., or by appointment.
All communication is to be made only by email and only to the email address listed below.
Email: fxu@wlu.ca

Lectures

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. in 1C16 (Arts Building)

Lab Coordinator

Trevor Saunderson
tsaunderson@wlu.ca
Office: LH3048
Telephone: x3012

Textbook

Calculus for Medicine and Biology, 3rd Edition, Claudia Neuhauser, Pearson.

Calculators

Students may only use the approved scientific calculator, Casio fx-300ms plus, on course tests and the final examination. No other calculator is allowed. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.

MyLearningSpace

Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA101 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.

Evaluation

A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Clicker Questions: 10%
  • WebWorK Assignments (weekly): 10%
  • Lab-Problem Sessions + Quizzes: 20%
  • Midterm (Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. in SBE1220 (Schlegel)): 25%
  • Final Examination (2.5 hours; date and time to be announced): 35%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA101 and is provided for the convenience of students.

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