Fall 2020 - MATH 154 D200

Calculus I for the Biological Sciences (3)

Class Number: 2799

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 151 or 157 may not take MATH 154 for further credit.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Designed for students specializing in the biological and medical sciences. Topics include: limits, growth rate and the derivative; elementary functions, optimization and approximation methods, and their applications; mathematical models of biological processes. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:


This course will be delivered online. You are expected to have access to a reliable internet connection. You will need a computer from which you can download course materials and activities and watch live and/or recorded lectures and participate in live tutorials or workshops.

You will need a camera to take photographs of your work. A phone is acceptable.


Topics Covered:
  • Rational Functions
  • Limits
  • Rates of Change
  • Definition of Derivative
  • Basic Differentiation Rules
  • Chain Rule
  • Linear Approximation
  • Curve Sketching
  • Optimization
  • Related rates and implicit differentiation
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Differential equations for exponential growth and decay
  • Solving differential equations
  • Euler's method and numerical solutions
  • Periodic and trigonometric functions
  • Applying qualitative analysis to biological models

Course Delivery

  • Lecture: synchronous- lectures will be held at fixed times, on-line
  • Midterm(s): synchronous; date: TBA
  •  Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA

Grading

  • Diagnostic Test 0%
  • Instructor Questions/Quizzes (10 sets of questions, 9 count) 10%
  • Online Questions (13 sets of questions, all count) 10%
  • Midterm 1 15%
  • Midterm 2 15%
  • Final Exam 50%

NOTES:

THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION.
Students should be aware that they have certain rights to confidentiality concerning the return of course papers and the posting of marks.
Please pay careful attention to the options discussed in class at the beginning of the semester.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Required: 

  • Access to strong and reliable internet.
  • Ability to scan documents (phone app acceptable)
  • Access to webcam and microphone (embedded in computer sufficient)

REQUIRED READING:

Course Notes: Differential Calculus for the Life Sciences by Leah Edelstein-Keshet available as a downloadable version from the Canvas MATH 154 course container in full format or section by section. If a student is enrolled in the course, this Canvas MATH 154 course container opens at the start of the term and can be accessed through https://canvas.sfu.ca/.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).