Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
MTH 6, Section 2

Spring 2014, LIU Post

Tests: Test 1 Practice, Test 1, Test 1 Solutions
Test 2 Practice, Test 2 Practice (no space to work), Solutions. Test 2 and Solutions
Main concepts for derivatives. Extra credit Quiz solutions
Test 3, Test 3 Solutions
Practice Final Exam, Solutions

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday 9:30a - 10:50a, Pell Hall 204.

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 243. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday 11:00a - 12:00p, Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p, 3:30p - 5:00p (or by appointment)

Course webpage:


Textbook: Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus by Geoffrey C. Berresford and Andrew M. Rockett (2nd edition).
Note: The hardcover edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2004, ISBN 0-618-37213-X) has exactly the same contents and page numbering as the paperback edition (Cengage Learning, 2009, ISBN 1-4720-7282-4) and looseleaf edition the bookstore sells.

Grading Scheme:
Homework  30%
Tests 40%
Final Exam 30%

Homework: In addition to time spent attending lectures, it is expected that you spend at least 6 hours per week working on this class. Homework will be assigned regularly and collected in class every Monday. Completing the assignment counts for half of the homework score, and the other half will be determined by grading the starred problems (*) for correctness. Please be sure to work these problems neatly and correctly, showing all necessary work. Late homework will only receive 1/3 credit. The sheet Homework contains the expected homework for the entire course, but small changes may be made during the semester.

Tests: There will be two midterm tests given in class (Wed 2/26 and Wed 4/9), and each test comprises 20% of your course grade (together they count 40%). You are allowed to use a graphing calculator, but you can not use a cell-phone, computer, tablet, or any personal notes. You can not even use your iPhone as a calculator or clock during the test. Make-up tests will only be given in the event of an extreme illness or family emergency. In such an event, you must contact the professor as soon as possible.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE, and will (probably) take place Wednesday 5/7 8:00a - 10:40a in the regular classroom. The final will comprise 30% of your course grade, though the professor reserves the right to count the final as an even higher percentage for those students whose final exam grade is better than their test average.

Extra Credit: There will be no official extra credit or bonus points. The way to compensate for poor test grades is to learn the material and do very well on the final exam (see the note in the previous paragraph "Final Exam").

Calculator: A graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83 or TI-84, is required for this course.

Course Description: Limits, derivatives, maxima and minima, indefinite and definite integration, and applications are covered. Prerequisite of MTH 4 or 5 is required. Not open to students who have taken MTH 7. (3 credits)

Help: Help is available from a number of places and people. You are welcome to see Prof. Redden before/after class, in office hours, by appointment, or ask short questions via email. Also, there is free tutoring available in the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. No appointment is necessary. Finally, you are encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Important Dates:
Jan 21 Classes begin.
Feb 5 Last day to add/drop or late register.
Feb 17 No classes. President's Day.
Feb 18 Monday classes meet.
Feb 26 Test 1.
Mar 10-16   Spring recess, no classes.
Apr 4 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw.
Apr 9 Test 2.
Apr 29Last day of regular classes.
May 7Final Exam.