Calculus for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-1325-002 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)

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Syllabus Information


Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, Ninth Edition         
Authors:  Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, and Nathan P. Ritchey
Publisher:  Pearson Education
You need MyLab Math for the course, so you can also just purchase MyLab Math and use the online book.

Washington Street Campus Bookstore:  (806)371-5304


Basic:  Blue-line notebook paper (8.5" x 11") and blue-line graph paper—4 or 5 squares per inch, stapler, a straight edge, pencils, erasers, a highlighter in your favorite color. You can get free graph paper at

MyMathLab:  If you do not purchase a textbook bundled with a MyMathLab Access Code, you will need to purchase the code online at

Signing up for MyMathLab must be done through Blackboard.

Calculator:  You will need a graphing calculator for this course. All computations and demonstrations in class will be done using a TI-84 Plus. Any calculator in the TI-84 family will work. (The Math Department policy is that no TI-89’s or TI-92’s may be used on tests.)

Graphing Calculator Checkout:  Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to the Adult Students Program for the privilege of checking one out for the semester. Students that a) receive a PELL Grant, or b) receive public assistance services are eligible as long as calculators are available.  These calculators are checked out on a “first come, first served” basis.  If you do not meet the above criteria but cannot afford to purchase your own calculator, you may discuss your situation with the Adult Students advisors. Exceptions may be made in some cases.

Students who lose (due to accident / theft / any other mishap) or damage in any way a loaner graphing calculator will be required to replace the lost, stolen, or damaged calculator with a new TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.  Failure to do so will result in immediate action(s) taken by Amarillo College.

Bring a copy of your schedule to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must complete an application and be enrolled in a math class to receive this assistance.


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 trancendental functions.
  4. Investigate various concepts including graphing and optimization.
  5. Apply concepts of definite and indefinite integrals to mamagement, 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

Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook which can be accessed using the link above or through the AC Website .

Cheating is defined in Webster's College Dictionary as "taking an examination in a  dishonest way, as by having improper access to answers." Improper access includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student's paper and using unauthorized sources of information while taking a test. Any student caught cheating will receive an F in the course, regardless of any other grades.

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 assignments will consist of online assignments. Online assignments will be submitted using MyLab Math 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 MyLab Math with each homework set.  I do not accept late homework.

Please note: Opening an assignment in MyLab Math causes MyLab Math to give you a grade of zero for that assignment.  It updates the grade as you go along.  Also, grades do not immediately propagate to Blackboard.  If you finish an assignment, and it's not the same grade in Blackboard as it is in MyLab Math, that is because MyLab Math has not pushed the correct grade to Blackboard yet.  Give it a few hours.  If it is not correct the next day, please let me know, and I'll investigate.

Portfolios 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 class 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.

Up to four (4) major exams and a mandatory comprehensive final will be given during the semester. If you know ahead of time that you will be missing an exam, you may schedule to take the exam early.  Only under extenuating, verifiable circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor will an exam be given early. Make-up exams will not be given. If an exam is missed, the grade will be replaced with the score you make on the final exam. This policy applies to one exam only. If you miss more than one exam, a grade of zero will be averaged for the other missed exams. If you do not miss any exam during the semester, the grade on the mandatory final exam, if higher, will replace the lowest major exam grade.

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 Tutoring Center getting help.  This must be completed within the time specified by your instructor.

Final Exam:
The mandatory final exam will be due on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.  The final exam may also replace a low exam grade, contingent on the details listed in the Exams section. 

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:


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 any 6-week course for the Summer II 2021 Semester is Thursday, August 5, 2021.  If you wish to drop, you must notify me and complete a withdrawal form by 5:00 PM Wednesday, August 4, 2021.  Financial aid ramifications may exist, so I strongly advise you to consult your advisor before dropping any course. 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.


Sections to Cover
1 Orientation, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3
2 11.4, Review, Exam 1, 12.1, 12.2, Portfolio 1
3 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, Review, Exam 2, Portfolio 2
4 13.1, 13.2, 13.4, Portfolio 3
5 15.1, 15.2, 15.4, Review, Exam 3
6 Review For Final, Final 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: 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. 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.

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. Get free tutoring from the Outreach Center (Durr 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  
    Hours:    Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed
  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at

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:

07/01/21 3:28 PM

Last Edited on:

07/01/21 4:05 PM