About Calculus Courses
Beginning calculus: there are two courses to consider:
- MA108/MA109 - Calculus with Algebra
An introduction to derivatives, integrals, and their applications.
Primarily for students who are not adequately prepared for MA111, this
course (together with MA109) covers the same material as MA111 but
integrates the material requisite to calculus with the calculus itself.
Note that MA108 alone cannot be used as a substitute for MA111. Successful
completion of MA108 and MA109 is equivalent to completion of MA111.
(Fulfills QR2 requirement.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
- MA111 - Calculus I
Derivatives, integrals and their applications. Techniques of differentiation.
Integration and differentiation of exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric
functions. Prerequisite: high school preparation including trigonometry
or consent of department. (Fulfills QR2 requirement.)
Following the introductory courses, is what is affectionately known
as Calc II:
- MA113 - Calculus II
Inverse trigonometric functions and hyperbolic functions. Systematic
study of integration. Series and Taylor series. Polar coordinates.
Indeterminate forms, L'Hôpital's rule and improper integrals.
(Fulfills QR2 requirement.) Prerequisite: MA111, or both MA108 and
109, or consent of department.
Students doing extremely well on this placement exam and/or score well
(4 or more) on the AB or BC exam are usually advised to bypass calculus
I and II and take MA200 (linear algebra).
After these levels, there are several other courses, however, these
are generally taken by mathematics or physics majors (or other students
who have been turned on by "analysis," one of the major fields
of mathematics). MA202 is Calculus III, MA303 is Advanced Calculus, MA270
is Differential Equations, and MA323 is Real Analysis. There's just no
end to the fun!