BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Essentials of Calculus

MATH 116


$ 183.00

Instructor: Steven M McKay PhD
Credits: 1.00

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MATH 110 (College Algebra) or equivalent.


Review of algebra, graph of line, slope. Limits and derivatives (standard functions, compositions of such functions), derivative for polynomials, exponentials, logarithms. Product, quotient and chain rule. Optimization (extrema), application to business problems. Newton's method.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Review of Algebra
Lesson 2: Limits
Lesson 3: Derivatives
Lesson 4: Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules
Lesson 5: Combining Derivative Rules
Lesson 6: Optimization
Lesson 7: Second Derivatives
Lesson 8: Applications to Economics
Lesson 9: L’Hospital’s Rule
Lesson 10: Newton’s Method

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


Students have 6 months to complete the course and 8 attempts to pass the final exam. This course is Pass/Fail. Students must get 80% or above on the exam to pass the course. The purpose of this class is for students to understand the idea of a derivative and how to use it to optimize a function.

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