Mathematics (MATH) 260

Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics (Revision 3)

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Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment. This online test contains 70 questions that will help you assess your mathematical skills. Based on your score we will recommend which Athabasca University mathematics course you are likely ready to take successfully.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None. Students are expected to have completed Math 30 or 31, or an equivalent matriculation-level high-school mathematics course, and to have a good understanding of high-school-level algebra.

Centre: Centre for Science

MATH 260 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

MATH 260 is designed to teach you to use a range of mathematical techniques to solve concrete problems in business and the social sciences.

Outline

  • Unit 1: Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Unit 2: Functions and Graphs
  • Unit 3: Limits and the Derivative
  • Unit 4: Additional Derivative Topics
  • Unit 5: Graphing and Optimization
  • Unit 6: Integration
  • Unit 7: Additional Integration Topics
  • Unit 8: Multivariable Calculus

Evaluation

To receive credit for MATH 260, you must submit all the course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. You must also achieve a grade of at least “D” 50 percent on each examination, and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Midterm Examination Assign. 3 Assign. 4 Final Examination Total
10% 10% 30% 10% 10% 30% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

Barnett, Raymond A., Michael R.Ziegler and Karl E. Byleen. Calculus for Businessa, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008.

Barnett, Raymond A., Michael R.Ziegler and Karl E. Byleen. Student Solutions Manual for Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide and student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MATH 260 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a minimum grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on both parts. The two parts of the exam must be written on the same day, or on two consecutive days.

Midterm Exam
Final Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, July 22, 2014.

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Updated May 20 2016 by Student & Academic Services