Northern Illinois University

Department of Mathematical Sciences


Spring 2015

  • Lecture Schedule
  • Homework Problem List
  • Sample exams with solutions
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Calculus for Business and Social Science (3). An elementary treatment of topics from differential and integral calculus, with applications in social science and business. Except with departmental approval students may not receive credit for both MATH 211 and MATH 229.

    PREREQUISITE: MATH 110 (with a C) or satisfactory performance on the Mathematics Placement Test.
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    TEXT: Calculus and its Applications, 10th edition, by Bittinger, Ellenbogen, and Surgent

    SECTIONS COVERED: R.4., 1.1-1.8, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.5

    FINAL EXAMINATION: The departmental final exam (listed under mass exams in the schedule of classes) will be given Monday, May 4, 6-7:50 P.M. The final examination locations will be announced during the last week of classes.


    COURSE OBJECTIVES: The course will introduce the central ideas of calculus: the instantaneous rate of change of a function as a limit of average rates of change, the integral of a function over an interval as a limit of finite sums, and the fundamental relationship between instantaneous rates of change and integrals. The course will show how these concepts can be applied to solve problems in a variety of areas, including business, economics, biology, and sociology.

    GRADING: Grades will be based on 3 one-hour exams (300 points), quizzes and homework (100 points), and a comprehensive departmental final exam (200 points). Makeup tests will be allowed only if the student has made arrangements with their instructor before the scheduled time of the test. Your instructor will provide more specific information about grading policies in your section.

    WITHDRAWAL: The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from Math 211 is FRIDAY, March 6, 2015.


    REVIEW: Click here for previous exams.

    HOMEWORK PROBLEMS: The Suggested Homework Problems (updated) have been chosen to represent the various skills that students need to develop. Knowing how to solve problems like these should guarantee success in the course. For some students, working all the problems on the list will be sufficient to master the skills involved. Other students will need more repetition and variety to attain competence. These students should take advantage of the unassigned problems in each section and the supplementary exercises at the end of each chapter. Most students can expect to spend at least SIX HOURS PER WEEK completing the suggested homework problems. Students with a spotty algebra background can expect to spend considerably more. Your instructor may assign a subset of the Suggested Homework Problems for grading, or a different set entirely. It is your responsibility to go to class and learn which problems are required for your homework grade.

    GETTING HELP: Your lecturer and T.A. will have several posted office hours per week, which you may attend for clarification of points made in lecture, hints on how to study, and help overcoming sticking points in the homework. In addition to this resource, the Department has a drop-in math clinic called the Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC). The center is conveniently located in DuSable 326, and is staffed by teaching assistants each weekday from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Go to the MAC Webpage and select Tutoring Schedule, then Open MAC Tutoring Schedule to get a pdf file containing the times when tutoring is available for Math 211. (The schedule is generally set by the second week in the semester.)

    Should the above resources not mesh with your schedule, the ACCESS office runs walk-in

    ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and respectful conduct are required of all students in this course. You are responsible for knowing the specifics of required conduct found in Math 211 Rules of Conduct. Failure to abide by these rules of conduct may result in penalties ranging from lowered grades to debarment from the classroom to suspension from the university, depending upon the nature and degree of the misconduct. Make sure you know and follow the rules! For the university-wide code of conduct, which also applies to Math 211 students, please read the document University Student Code of Conduct.

    DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER (DRC) STATEMENT: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let your instructor know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the DRC Office located in the Health Services Building, 4th floor.


    SCHEDULE OF CLASSES: Official NIU schedule of classes

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