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Calculus, one of the classical topics in mathematics, is the study of change. It is useful both in scientific fields and in applied studies from engineering to the life sciences. It is taught in a three-course sequence:
- Math 2200 (Calculus I) introduces derivatives (rates of change) for functions relating two real variables (one independent, the other dependent). At the end of the course, integration is briefly introduced. An integral may be viewed as the value of a quantity that accumulates at a variable rate.
- Math 2205 (Calculus II) develops further techniques and applications of integration, and introduces power series expansions for functions (again, real-valued functions of one variable).
- Math 2210 (Calculus III) uses vector techniques to generalize the notions of derivative and integral to functions with multiple input and/or output variables.
Throughout the sequence, the emphasis is on tools and techniques rather than the theory. Students wanting to go beyond this introduction to understand further the theory behind calculus, in particular to understand the proofs of the theorems introduced here, are encouraged to follow this sequence with Mathematical Analysis (Math 4200/4205) and Complex Analysis (Math 4230).
Often a special section of calculus is designated (in the semester class schedule posted by the Registrar) for students in a particular applied discipline. Please contact the individual instructor for clarification of the special emphasis and policies in this case. The following information is intended primarily for the other sections of calculus which are not so designated.
Textbook and WebAssign
The current textbook for the calculus sequence is Stewart's Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th edition ISBN 978-0-495-96224-3
The calculus courses use WebAssign to manage part of the class homework. Students are required to obtain an individual license for the WebAssign software. This license may be purchased when you sign up for WebAssign at the beginning of the semester. It may also be purchased through the bookstore in one of two formats:
- You may buy only an Access Code to the software for $107.70 (ISBN 9781285858487). This is listed as "Required" in the bookstore.
- You may buy the Access Code bundled with a physical copy of the textbook for $214.85 (ISBN 9780495962243). This is the listed as an "Alternate Format" to just buying the Access Code.
No matter how you buy the license, an eBook version of the textbook is included with the license. Also, you will be able to use the WebAssign access and the textbook for all of the Calculus classes you will be taking at the University of Wyoming without having to pay additional costs.
When you sign up for WebAssign, you will need a class key to enroll in your section. Your instructor will provide you will this to you in the syllabus.
During the Spring 2014 semester, common exams for the coordinated sections of calculus are scheduled for 5:15-7:00 pm on three Thursday evenings. In the semester. For the dates and locations, please see the individual websites for Math 2200, Math 2205 and Math 2210. Please arrive with as few personal effects as possible--large backpacks are especially discouraged in this examination setting. Photo ID is required at all common exams--display your photo ID when submitting the exam to your proctor.
Further questions may be directed to your individual instructor or to the course supervisor, Dr. Nathan Clements (email@example.com).