MATH 141: Calculus I
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Cross Listed
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Prerequisites
MATH 140 or a precalculus course in high school.
This course is a prerequisite or corequisite for
Nearly all math courses require the first year calculus sequence or equivalent (MATH 141  143, MATH 161  162, or MATH 171  172). Two years of calculus are required to major in mathematics. Most science courses require between one and two years of calculus. See Comparing the Calculus Sequences.
Description

Introduces the techniques of the differential calculus of functions.

Reinforces algebraic manipulation and trigonometric techniques learned in high school.

Provides tools for use in other disciplines, although most examples come from geometry, graphs, and the simple physics of motion.

Rigorous proofs, providing guarantees that the techniques always work if certain criteria are met, are left to later courses in analysis such as MATH 265.
Topics covered
Analysis of the elementary real functions: algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials and their inverses and composites. Their graphs and derivatives. Topics include limits, continuity, asymptotes, the definition of the derivative, derivatives and derivative rules for algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials, and logarithms. Implicit differentiation, related rates, linear approximation, differentials, mean value theorem, maxima and minima, curve sketching, l’Hospital’s rule.