Calculus for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2021-2022
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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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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Optional:  Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, Eleventh Edition         
Authors:  Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, and Nathan P. Ritchey
Required:  MyMathLab Student Access code.  Note: If you have taken Math 1324 with this textbook you may not need to purchase a new 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

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

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

Daily Homework: 
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 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 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.

Four major exams and a mandatory comprehensive final will be given.  No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  If you know in advance that you will be gone during an exam, you MUST make arrangements with the instructor to take the exam early.  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 Math Outreach Center.  This must be completed by the time specified by your instructor. 

Final Exam:
The mandatory comprehensive final exam will be given the last week of the semester.  The exact date and time will be given later in the semester.

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 (drop 1)         15%

Attendance                        5%

Portfolio Problems          5%

Reviews                               5%

Exams                                   55%

Final Exam                          15%

I DO NOT give extra credit work.  Additionally, all graded work must be in PENCIL.


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 I Semester is May 3, 2022.  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 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


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, Review, Exam 3, 15.1, 15.2


15.4, Review, Exam 4


Review, Final Exam

Additional Information

Additional Information


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 Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center) 
  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at

Math Testing Center (Durrett 103 – 806.371.5088)
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday:  8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Math Academic Success Center (Durrett104 – 806.371.5119)

In-Person Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Virtual Tutoring
Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday:  2pm – 6pm
Zoom Link:


  • An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take a test in the Math Lab. 
  • Books can be placed in the bookshelf before you request a test but Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Math Lab and return to finish that test at a later time.
  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same colored test. All purses must be on the floor.
  • The Math Lab will not hand out a test less than one hour before closing time.
  • The Math Lab personnel will pick up your test five minutes prior to closing time.
  • The Math Lab hours are posted on the outside door and in this syllabus.
  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Math Lab for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any test.
  • Childcare arrangements must be made prior to testing. Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.
  • Cell phones must be turned off as not to disturb other students who are testing. NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room. If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Syllabus Created on:

03/10/22 12:02 PM

Last Edited on:

06/16/22 5:55 PM