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MAT 165 - Business Calculus

AA Approved

MAT121 College Algebra, MAT129 Pre-Calculus or BUS230 Quantitative Methods for Business grade of C-


Primary placement method used for any student whose high school transcript can be interpreted for use with the calculation spreadsheet:  High School GPA + High School Math composite calculation >= 6.75

or, for students where we cannot use the composite high school calculation:

1.5 years of high school algebra and meet the minimum placement

     or a Compass College Algebra score of at least 60 and Trigonometry score of 51

     or an ACT Math score of at least 28

     or an ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning score of at least 285
Cross Listed With: Cross listed with BUS 235  

3 credit(s)

This course uses calculus techniques with an emphasis on applications to business, the social sciences, the life sciences. Topics include derivatives and their uses, and integrals and their applications.  Types of functions include polynomial, rational and root, exponential and logarithmic.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.  Find derivatives using the derivative definition and use derivative formulas for problems with powers, products, quotients, trig functions, logs and exponentials.

2.  Apply derivative solution methods to solve a variety of types of problems, with special emphasis on min-max.

3.  Integrate polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic problems, including the difference of functions and integration by parts, and demonstrate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

4. Calculus applications to business, social and life science.

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