## Preface Introduction

¶This course is designed for students specializing in business or the social sciences. Topics include a refresher in basic functions, their transformation and algebra; introduction to logarithmic exponential and trigonometric functions; the differential calculus topics limit, growth rate, derivative and differentiation applications such as related, rates, curve sketching and optimization as well as their application to business and economics; approximation methods such as linearization, differentials and Newton's Method; and functions of several variables including partial derivatives and extrema.

The following *Recommendations for Success in Mathematics* are excerpts taken from the same named document published by Petra Menz in order to provide strategies grouped into categories to all students who are thinking about their well-being, learning, and goals, and who want to be successful academically.

*How to Take Lecture Notes:*

Listen to the Instructor, who

explains the concepts;

draws connections;

demonstrates examples;

emphasizes material.

Copy the presented lecture material

by arriving to the lecture prepared;

using telegraphic writing, i.e. packing as much information into the smallest possible number of words/ symbols (do you really need to copy all the algebraic/manipulative steps?).

Mark up your notes immediately while listening and copying using a system such as offered here:

! pay attention (possible exam material)

? confusing (read course notes or visit ACW )

-> practice (using course notes and online assignments)

underline/highlight key concepts

*Habits of a Successful Student:* for detailed description of each item see the document *Recommendations for Success in Mathematics*

Acts responsibly

Sets goals

Is reflective

Is inquisitive

Can communicate

Enjoys learning

Is resourceful

Is organized

Manages time effectively

Is involved