MATH 1A - Fundamentals of Differential Calculus

Approval Status


Date Reviewed

January 2012
This is the first course in the calculus sequence. As such, it develops the foundations from which Math 1B-1D are built. Functions of two variables are a vital component in the development of the calculus. Thus, multiple representations of functions are stressed: numerical, symbolic, verbal and graphical. The exponential function is introduced since it is so fundamental to many natural phenomena. Also, the idea of a limit of a function is thoroughly studied, emphasizing the classical tangent and velocity problems -- the study of the derivative. These two quantities are the two most compelling representations of the material covered in this course -- that of the differential calculus.

Course Type

Lower Division