Calculus for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Engineering 201C

Office Hours

Office Hours:

I will be holding my office hours everyday after class!  If you need me during the day, you can see my class schedule to see which room I wil be in and I will be happy to meet with you after ANY of my classes (not just the one you are in!)

** I am also always available through email if you need immediate assistance – please email (You will reach me by email much faster than by my office phone).

You will be provided with my cell phone number (and rules!) during the first class..

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

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MATH-1325-001 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences


Prerequisite: MATH 1316, 1324, or 1414 - minimum grade of C or Department Chair consent

Course Description

This course is the basic study of limits and continuity, differentiation, optimization and graphing, and integration of elementary functions, with emphasis on applications in business, economics, and social sciences.  This course is not a substitute for MATH 2313 or 2413, Calculus I.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Optional:  Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, Tenth Edition         
Authors:  Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, and Nathan P. Ritchey
Required:  MyMathLab Student Access code.  


Graphing Calculator:  You are required to bring your calculator to EVERY class.  A TI-84 Plus calculator is preferred and will be used by the instructor.  No calculators with logic or factoring capabilities are allowed (TI-89, nspire).  Students unable to purchase a graphing calculator can apply to the Adult Students Program for the privilege of checking one out for the semester. No sharing of calculators is allowed and a cell phone calculator will not be permitted.

Access to a working computer with internet access and a printer.  There are student computers located in the Math Outreach Center and Ware Student Commons for student use.  This enables you to access the course in Blackboard and the online homework found at

Amarillo College student I.D. 

MyMathLab code

I will provide the My Math Lab COURSE code on Blackboard once the course has started.

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Apply calculus to solve business, economics, and social sciences problems.

2. Apply appropriate differentiation techniques to obtain derivatives of various functions, including logarithmic and exponential functions.

3. Solve application problems involving implicit differentiation and related rates.

4. Solve optimization problems with emphasis on business and social sciences applications.

5. Determine appropriate technique(s) of integration. 

6. Integrate functions using the method of integration by parts or substitution, as appropriate.

7. Solve business, economics, and social sciences applications problems using integration techniques.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED for class, and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner.  Students are expected to read the syllabus and to sign and turn in a course contract before the first exam can be taken by the student.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: the use of cellular phones, texting, making offensive remarks, talking, use of personal music systems, doing homework or other personal projects during class time, or engaging in any other form of distraction. For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:  Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper, copying from the homework solutions manual, or using any unauthorized sources of information while taking an exam or quiz.  Any student caught cheating on an assignment will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.  If a student is caught cheating on a test, a grade of zero will be assigned with no chance of the final replacing the grade.  

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered in order to receive credit for a course. The instructor sets the pace to ensure that these requirements are met. Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.

Grading Criteria

Details on how our course will respond to COVID-19 will be discussed in an email sent to the entire class through Blackboard.  Please be checking your email closer to the start of class.  

Course material and video links will be provided in Blackboard.  Students are responsible for working through the material on their own during or outside of our scheduled class time.

Daily Homework (20%): 
Daily homework assignments will consist of online assignments. Online assignments will be submitted using MyMathLab and will be automatically graded on the website.  Details on how to register and enroll in MyMathLab will be given in class.  Assignment deadlines will be indicated in MyMathLab with each homework set.  I do not accept late homework. (To allow for missed assignments, the 2 lowest online homework grades will be dropped.)

Exam Reviews (10%):
Four exam reviews will be completed in MyMathLab before you will be able to access the online exam covering the material.  Exam reviews are due by the due date listed on the course schedule.

Exams (70%): 
Four chapter exams will be completed in MyMathLab and are due by 11:59pm on the specified due date.  Students have the “save for later” option meaning the exam can be completed in multiple sessions.  However, students must finish each question showing before saving because upon returning the questions already seen will be unavailable.  Late exams will NOT be accepted.  At the end of the semester, students can choose to re-take a specific chapter exam to replace a low or missed grade.  Only one exam is replaceable.  If you miss more than one exam, a grade of zero will be averaged for the other missed exams.  

Your course average (A  100 - 90, B  89 - 80, C  79 - 70, D  69 - 60, F Below 60) will be calculated using the following scale:

Homework   20%
Reviews       10%
Tests            70%
I DO NOT give extra credit work.  


Regular attendance is essential in a math class. It is during class that questions about homework, new assignments & announcements, and course content will be covered.

Please remember the deadline for dropping an 8-week course for the Spring II 2020 Semester is March 2, 2021. Amarillo College has implemented a new drop policy requiring you to contact your instructor before you will be allowed to drop and get the necessary drop form.  If you want to drop this course, you must notify me no later than 5pm on March 1st.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.


This is a tentative schedule subject to change by the instructor.

Course Schedule


To Do



Week 1

Work through 11.1 & 11.2.



11.1 HW


Week 2

Work through 11.3 & 11.4.


11.2 HW

11.3 HW

11.4  HW


Week 3

Study for chapter 11 exam


Chapter 11 Review

Chapter 11 Exam


Work through 12.1 & 12.2.

12.1 HW

12.2 HW


Week 4

Work through sections 12.3 – 12.5.


12.3 HW

12.4 HW

12.5 HW


Week 5

Study for chapter 12 exam

Chapter 12 Review

Chapter 12 Exam


Work through sections 13.1 – 13.3.


13.1 HW

13.2 HW

13.3 HW


Week 6

Study for chapter 13 exam and work through section 15.1.

Chapter 13 Review

Chapter 13 Exam

15.1 HW


Week 7

Work through sections 15.2, & 15.4.


15.2 HW

15.4 HW


Week 8

Study for chapter 15 exam


Chapter 15 Review

Chapter 15 Exam


Any retake exam must be complete by March 11 at NOON

Additional Information

Food/Drink: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department for food and drink to be allowed in the classroom setting at the instructor's discretion.

Phones/Pagers/Ear Buds/Headphones: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that cell phones and pagers must be turned off or on silent mode in the classrooms and the computer labs. All ear buds and headphones must also be removed and turned off during class.  During testing, phones must be stored out of sight and in silent mode. If a student answers a call during a test, the test will be collected and graded with no further work being done.

Pictures/Videos: Students are not allowed to take pictures or videos of the instructor's work without instructor consent.  

AC Connect:  Students will be required to login to AC Connect on a regular basis to check e-mail, course announcements, and grades. To get into AC Connect, use the website address: . Once you have logged in, you should see our class listed on your home page. If you need help logging into the site, contact Ask AC at (806) 371-5000

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Tutoring may be completed in the Academic Success Center for Math in person on campus (Durrett Hall Room 104) or virtually by Zoom.  Find more information at

To join an ongoing Zoom Meeting for tutoring, go to  Use the Meeting ID:  541 139 851

Outreach Tutoring Center Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 8:00pm
8:00am - 8:00pm
9:00am - 8:00pm

A Note from the Instructor:  As you already know, success in a math class takes work, commitment, and perseverance. As your instructor, I am here to facilitate your efforts to reach your educational goals. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this semester. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help.

Syllabus Created on:

01/17/21 2:11 PM

Last Edited on:

01/19/21 1:41 PM