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Textbook/ Topics Covered

The text book is not required for the course. It is recommended and is available through the bookstores around campus. It does contain a separate section with a brief description of Math 1431, Business Calculus at Louisiana State University, and some explanations and sample screen shots on the use of My Math Lab, the software require for use on all homework, quizzes, tests and the final exam. The book may also be packaged with an access code necessary for using WebAssign.

The title of the textbook is

Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, 12 th Edition

The authors are Barnett, Ziegler, and Byleen.

The book is published by Prentice Hall and Pearson.


A brief listing of the sections covered in this course along with a short description of the topics:


Section 1.2 Linear Equations  (Definition of Slope, Equations of Lines including Vertical and Horizontal Lines - this is review material)

Section 2.1 Functions and Their Graphs (Domain, Range, Definition of a Function, using Functions to Model Applications - this is review materials

Section 2.5 Exponential Functions (Definition, Properties and Laws for Exponential Functions with an Emphasis on Exp(x) - this section is generally considered a review)

Section 2.6 Logarithmic Functions (Definition, Properties and Laws for Logarithmic Functions with an Emphasis on ln(x) and the Connection through Inverses with Exponential Functions- this section is generally considered a review. Calculations involving continuous compounding are done at this time)

Section 3.1 Limits an introduction (One-Sided limits with a lot of Focus on Piecewise defined Functions)

Section 3.2  Infinite limits and Limits at Infinity

Section 3.3 Basic Rules of Continity

Section 3.4 The Derivative

Section 3.5 Basic Differentiation Properties

Section 3.7 Marginal Functions in Economics (Marginal Cost, Revenue and Profit, Average Cost, Marginal Average Cost, Elasticity of Demand)

Section 4.1 The Constant e and Continuous Compound Interest

Section 4.2 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Section 4.3 Derivatives of Products and Quotients 

Section 4.4 The Chain Rule

Section 4.7 Elasticity of Demand

Section 5.1 First Derivative and Graphs

Section 5.2 Second Derivative and Graphs

Section 5.5 Absolute Maxima and Minima

Section 5.6 Optimization

Section 6.1 Antiderivatives and Indifinite Integrals

Section 6.2 Integration by Substitution

Section 6.4 The Definite Integral

Section 6.5 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and Evaluating Definite Integrals (Properties of Definite Integrals, Reviewing Substitution with Definite Integrals, Average Value of a Continuous Function)

Section 7.1 Area Between Curves

Section 7.2 Applications of the Definite Integral to Business and Economics ( Consumer and Producer Surplus, Future Value of an Income Stream, Amount and Present Value of an Annuity)