Calculus for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Engineering 201A

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Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am - 9:00 am (Hereford)

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MATH-1325-003 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.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Required:  MyMathLab Student Access code and access to a working camera and/or scanner.
Optional:  Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, Tenth Edition         
Authors:  Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, and Nathan P. Ritchey


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. 

Access to a working computer with internet access and a printer.  There are student computers located in the Academic Success Center - Math 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

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Evaluate and interpret limits.
  2. Recognize and determine continuity of functions.
  3. Find derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions.
  4. Investigate various concepts including graphing and optimization.
  5. Apply concepts of definite and indefinite integrals to management, economics, and business.

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

Class Days:  This class is "tech-supported" and will meet remotely using Zoom daily at 2:00 pm.  To access the meeting, please go to the link provided in Blackboard & emailed to you.

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be on time and prepared for class daily.  Students should participate in class in a positive manner.  Using foul language in emails or discussions will not be tolerated and may result in possible removal from the course.  You are expected to express yourself with courtesy and consideration at all times.  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 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

Daily Homework:  Daily homework will consist of online assignments 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 1 lowest online homework grade will be dropped.)

Portfolio Problems:  Portfolio problems will consist of completing written assignments covering the concepts we have discussed in lecture. Usually these problems require a deeper understanding of the basic concepts and students must apply critical thinking skills. Portfolio assignments will be submitted in google classroom and graded by the instructor. Detailed instructions on format for portfolio assignments will be given in class and posted in Blackboard. Assignment deadlines will be announced as material is covered. I do not accept late portfolio assignments.

Exams:  Four exams will be given on MyMathLab.  Due dates will be posted in Blackboard and in MyMathLab.  Exams are to be taken individually, no "team testing."  See the section on "cheating and plagiarism" for consequences of cheating (team testing).  At the end of the semester, if your average is less than 70 or you did not complete an exam, you will be required to retake the missed exam on MyMathLab.  If your average is higher than 70 but you wish to improve your grade, you will also be given the opportunity to retake your lowest exam on MyMathLab.  However, if your average is 70 or above AND you are content with your grade, you will not be required to retake any unit exam.      

In accordance with Mathematics Department policy, students scoring below a 70 on any major exam will be required to spend at least one hour in the Academic Success Center - Math.  This must be completed by the time specified by your instructor. 

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

Homework (drop 1)



Exam Reviews

Tests (4 @ 17.5% each)






I DO NOT give extra credit work and late work is not accepted.



Attendance will be taken every day.  To get counted as present, you must attend class the entire time we are meeting and participate in the daily class activities.  Your activity responses will be how I take attendance.  You are allowed to miss one day without penalty.  

The deadline to drop this course is May 4.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me on May 3rd and submit it to the Registrar May 4th before 5pm.  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.  

Note:  Late drops will NOT be given under any circumstance.


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


Sections to Cover


Orientation, 11.1


11.2, 11.3, 11.4


Review, Exam 1, 12.1, 12.2


12.3, 12.4, 12.5


Review, Exam 2


13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4


Exam 3, 15.1, 15.2, 15.4


Exam 4, Retake Exam

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

Free Help:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help outside of class.

The following are a few ways to get FREE help outside of class:

  1. Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.
  2. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at
  3. Get free tutoring from the Outreach Center (Durr 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in or you can access tutoring virtually.  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:

03/15/21 11:11 PM

Last Edited on:

03/15/21 11:16 PM