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MA129A: Introductory Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (Spring 2018)

Calendar Description

This course concentrates on developing mastery of pre-calculus and introductory calculus skills and techniques. Pre-calculus topics include: solving equations and inequalities; algebraic, logarithmic and exponential functions and their properties; matrix representation and solution of systems of linear equations. Calculus topics include: rates of change and tangents; differentiation of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions; optimization; introduction to integration.


Completion of the Calculus Preparation Evaluation (CPE) and 12U Advanced Functions or permission of the department.


If a student has successfully passed, or is currently enrolled in MA100, MA101, MA103, MA110*, or MA130, then MA129 will not be eligible for credit. This course may not count for credit in mathematics programs.


Nasir Sohail (PhD)
Office location: LH3076 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., or by appointment.
E: nsohail@wlu.ca
Note: Do not email within MyLS. All communication is by email only. Make sure to include in your email that you are a student in MA129.


Monday and Wednesday 5:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. in LH1011 (Lazaridis Hall)

Lab Coordinator

Erica Marshall
E: emarshall@wlu.ca
Office: LH3072
Telephone: x3284


Calculus with Applications, 11th Edition by Lial, Greenwell and Ritchey, Published Dec. 17, 2015, Copyright 2016, Pearson.


Students may only use the approved calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus required on lab assignments, quizzes, tests, exams, and the final examination. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore. No other calculator is allowed.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA129 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:

Scheme 1
  • iClicker questions in lectures: 5%
  • Tutorial Assignments and Quizzes: 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.): 25%
  • Final Exam (exact date and time to be announced: 45%
Scheme 2
  • iClicker questions in lectures: 0%
  • Tutorial Assignments and Quizzes: 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.): 30%
  • Final Exam (exact date, time and location to be announced): 45%

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 MA129 and is provided for the convenience of students.