Mathematics 160 (3 credit hours)
Calculus for Business and Life Sciences

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Dr. Chris Caldwell, office 429 Holt Humanities, phone 881-7336.  Department office 881-7360.  Email:
  • Calculus for Business, Economics, and the Social and Life Sciences, 8th Edition, by Hoffmann and Bradley, published by McGraw Hill, 2004, ISBN: 0-07-301650-0 (required)
  • Student's Solutions Manual, published by McGraw Hill, ISBN: 0-07-2855385 (optional)
A copy of the departmental course syllabus (with course outline and objectives) can be viewed in my office or on the departmental web pages.
The course grade will be determined as follows.
  • 20% quizzes (daily five minute quizzes)
  • 60% tests (4 or 5 fifty minute tests)
  • 20% final (the final is comprehensive) 
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 
90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F.

No WF's will be given.  Students dropping after the WD period will receive a WP.  The grade of I is given very rarely and only in cases of emergency (and never just to temporarily improve your GPA).

Tests & Final:
The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (definitely the final) will be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  You may not leave the room during any test.
Homework will be checked via the quiz policy.  So if you do not do the homework, you will not do well on the quizzes or the tests, and you will not pass the class.  Press the button on the right to see the daily homework assignments.
Attendance is mandatory and is enforced through the quiz policy.
You will need a graphing calculator.  If you do not have one, we recommend the TI83/4+.  (If you have one, such as the TI86, 85, or 82; it will work as well.)  Algebraic Operating Systems (CAS's) such as the TI92 are not acceptable!  Students may not share calculators during a test!
We will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your notes, but not your book.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!  These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If are late or leave early, you will get a zero.  Students that cheat may receive negative scores.

The three lowest scores will be dropped (two for Tuesday-Thursday and summer classes).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know within two weeks and provide documentation.

Extra credit:
If you have any questions: 
  • Ask in class
  • Study with a friend.
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door).
  • Ask in the MATH LAB: MTWTh 9-4 in B11A, 4-9 in 408H
  • Check the student solution guide (or the complete answer guide in my office).
  • View the tapes that cover the sections that you are having trouble with (these can be checked out from the math lab or viewed in the Learning Center).
  • Often the Learning Center runs study groups.
  • Find a private tutor (list in Math department office 424H)
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be addressed.