Mathematics (MATH) 260

Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics (Revision 4)

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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: Functions and Graphs
  • Unit 2: Limits and the Derivative
  • Unit 3: Additional Derivative Topics
  • Unit 4: Graphing and Optimization
  • Unit 5: Integration
  • Unit 6: Additional Integration Topics
  • Unit 7: 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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Midterm Examination 30%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Final Examination 30%
Total 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, Karl E. Byleen, and Christopher J. Stocker. Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2018.

Barnett, Raymond A., Michael R. Ziegler, Karl E. Byleen, and Christopher J. Stocker. Student Solutions Manual for Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2018.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide and student manual.

Your textbook also provides access to MyLab, which has seven quizzes for students to practise and test their knowledge. The Course Orientation provides instructions on how to register for MyLab.

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.

Activity Weighting
Midterm Exam 50%
Final Exam 50%
Total 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 4, January 8, 2019.

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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services