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MA101A: Calculus I for the Natural Sciences (Spring 2018)

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.


MA100 or permission of the department.


MA103, MA105, MA110*, MA130. This course may not count for credit in Mathematics programs.


Fei Xu (PhD)
Office location: LH3064 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4900
Office hours: Tuesday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., or by appointment.
All communication is to be made only by email and only to the email address listed below.
E: fxu@wlu.ca


Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. in 2C16 (Arts Building)

Lab Coordinator

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


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


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.


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.


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

  • Clicker Questions: 10%
  • WeBWorK Assignments (weekly): 10%
  • Lab-Problem Sessions + Quizzes: 20%
  • Midterm (Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in class): 25%
  • Final Examination (2.5 hours; exact date, time and location 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.