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Topics of this Business Calculus course include concepts of limits, derivatives, and integrals with an emphasis on applications to business. Calculus is the study of change: slope, velocity, marginal analysis, and other ways in which one quantity changes with respect to another.

The prerequisite for this course is Math 1021 (College Algebra) or its equivalent.

You can not receive credit for this course and either Math 1550 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus I) or Math 1551 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus I, Honors).

This is a general education course designed to fulfill 3 credit hours of the analytical reasoning requirements of the university. This course is a General Education course in the analytical reasoning area because it includes the following area learning objectives:

1. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply algebra and calculus for computational problems in theoretical and real world situations.

2. Demonstrate the ability to translate problem situations into symbolic representations and use those representations to solve problems.


The catalog description is: Differential and Integral Calculus of algebraic, logarithmic and exponential functions; applications to business and economics, such as maximum-minimum problems, marginal analysis and exponential growth.

This course has 3 hours of lecture and 1 one required hour of lab.


  • Become familiar with the material presented on this web site. 
  • Attend the lectures. Be sure you are on time, enter and exit at the designated times in an orderly and prompt fashion. Keep your class notes detailed and precise.  
  • You must attend your assigned discussion lab section to receive additional instructions on using the My Math Lab system and to have homework questions answered. A participation grade will be earned in the labs. See the Grading section on the web site for details.
  • Check the Moodle page regularly for announcements and read your email on a daily basis. Any changes, such as for due dates, will be shown in the My Math Lab assignments or via email.  
  • Keep up with the assignments. It is important that you work HOMEWORK problems before attempting quizzes. There will be more than one assignment available at any given time after the first couple of days of class. Do not let yourself fall behind in your work.

TEXTBOOK : The recommended textbook is Calculus for Business, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, 13th Edition by Barnett, Ziegler, and Byleen; published by Prentice Hall

Spring Semester 2017: The lectures are given in the Gym Armory (Cox Auditorium) on T TH from Noon - 1:20.

Dr. Dottie H.Vaughn is the course lecturer and course coordinator.

 All sections attend lecture.  Each section has its own lab time - The time and location are shown on the LSU Class Scedule page. Labs meet in Middleton 232.




98-100 A+                                            92 -97.99 A                              90-91.99 A-


88-89.99 B+                                         82-87.99 B                               80-81.99 B-


78-79.99 C+                                         72-77.99 C                               70-71.99 C-


68-69.99 D+                                        62-67.99 D                              60-61.99 D-


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PARTICIPATION GRADE: You will be able to ask questions during lab.  You will be given a problem to work by your lab leader. You will submit your answer and work at end of the lab period - be sure to include your name, section number and date. A participation grade will be assigned based on your participation in labs during the semester. You must be present the entire class for your participation to be counted. The participation grade contributes to your final grade in the course.

My Math Lab: Each discussion lab will allow time for you to ask questions while working on your homework using the software. You must pay for an access code for the software during the first week of the semester. You can do so by purchasing the text book at the LSU bookstore, as the software should be bundled with it or you can purchase the access code directly from My Math Lab.

There are public access computer labs on campus that are available at the Library, Union, Patrick Taylor, Cox, etc. for your use so that you can do homework assignments and take quizzes to be submitted by the due dates.  You may also use a personal lap top.

EMAIL: You may have reason to send email to a variety of faculty associated with your Math 1431 class.

a) Send email regarding the lecture, class materials, and most other issues to

b) Send email about labs and lab participation to your lab instructor.  


It is very important that you check your LSU email on a regular basis. Otherwise, you may miss important announcements for this course and others. If you have your LSU email forwarded to such accounts as Yahoo, AOL,or Hot mail or even Cox, then you may miss announcements if your mailbox is full or if their system is down. Forward your email at your own risk!

NOTE:Students with documented disabilities must notify the Office of Disability Services located in 112 Johnston Hall, (225) 578-5919. Letters of accommodation should be given to the lecturer, Dr. Vaughn, before Test One. Her office is 250 Lockett Hall and her office phone number is 225-578-1668.