Overview:

Calculus I at SHU covers the material normally associated with a university-level Calc I course. We begin with an overview of functions that most students will have learned in their pre-calculus course (function representations, domains and ranges, the basics of graphs, categories of functions like polynomials, trigonometric functions, exponentials and logarithms). We then discuss the concept of a limit of a function, both intuitive and formal epsilon-delta definitions, and develop the idea through our catalog of functions from the first unit. We then move to continuity with formal definitions and theorems. Next we cover derivatives of continuous functions, beginning with the definition in terms of limits, and follow with the rules, theorems, and shortcuts with all of our functions. Applications such as velocity/acceleration, exponential growth, and related rates are treated at the end of this unit. We wrap up Calc I with the development of the concept of area, the definition of anti-derivative, the Fundamental Theorem, the Mean Value Theorem, and integration by substitution. As with all of our SHU math courses we use TI NSpire CAS technology to enhance and accelerate our progress. Click here to view a sample syllabus

Calculus I at SHU covers the material normally associated with a university-level Calc I course. We begin with an overview of functions that most students will have learned in their pre-calculus course (function representations, domains and ranges, the basics of graphs, categories of functions like polynomials, trigonometric functions, exponentials and logarithms). We then discuss the concept of a limit of a function, both intuitive and formal epsilon-delta definitions, and develop the idea through our catalog of functions from the first unit. We then move to continuity with formal definitions and theorems. Next we cover derivatives of continuous functions, beginning with the definition in terms of limits, and follow with the rules, theorems, and shortcuts with all of our functions. Applications such as velocity/acceleration, exponential growth, and related rates are treated at the end of this unit. We wrap up Calc I with the development of the concept of area, the definition of anti-derivative, the Fundamental Theorem, the Mean Value Theorem, and integration by substitution. As with all of our SHU math courses we use TI NSpire CAS technology to enhance and accelerate our progress. Click here to view a sample syllabus