MATH 115


Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 to 9:50 PM

Room D108                    4 UNITS


Instructor Larry Green


Phone Numbers Office:

541-4660 Extension 341




Your Grades


Required Text   Brief Calculus An Applied Approach Sixth Edition  by Larson and Edwards


Course description    Math 115 covers the topics of limits, differentiation of algebraic functions, analytic functions, analytic geometry and extrema problems with an emphasis on applications in the fields of Social and Life Sciences


Prerequisite A grade of C or better in Math 104 (Trigonometry) or an equivalent class, or a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Assessment Exam.


Grading Policy Your letter grade will be based on your percentage of possible points.

A 90 -- 100%   C 70 -- 79%

B 80 -- 89%     D 60 -- 69%

Homework: ............................................. 150 points

Midterm 1: Oct. 16.................................  175 points

Midterm 2: Nov 11..................................   175 points

Midterm 3: Dec 4............................  175 points

Final Exam: Dec 9, 10:00 to 11:50 PM.....  325 points

Exam Policy Students are to bring calculators, pencils or pens, and paper to each exam. Grading will based on the progress towards the final answer, and the demonstration of understanding of the concept that is being tested, therefore, work must be shown in detail. Any student who cannot make it to an exam  may elect to take the exam up to two days before the exam is scheduled. If all homework is completed and no more than three homework assignments are counted late, then the midterm with the lowest score will be dropped.  A two to five minute quiz will be given at the beginning of each class.  The quiz will count as 20% of the homework assignment.

Homework Policy Homework is due by 5:00 PM on the date due. Homework that is turned in within one week of the due date will be counted as half credit.  Homework may be turned later than one week after the due date, but points will not be awarded.

Extra Credit Any student who has turned in every homework assignment may elect to work on an extra credit assignment or project that will count as additional points towards either a midterm or the final.  Extra credit assignments will be discussed individually in office hours.

Learning Disabilities If you have a learning disability, be sure to discuss it with Larry. Learning disabilities will be accommodated.

Tutoring Individual math tutoring is available free of charge in the GMC.

Course Objectives

  1.  Exhibiting a proficiency in topics covered in the course.
  2. Engaging in logical and critical thinking.
  3. Reading technical information.
  4. Demonstrating the solution to problems by translating written language into mathematical statements, interpreting information, sketching relevant diagrams, analyzing given information, formulating appropriate math statements, and checking and verifying results.



1. You must register for this class at the Office of Admissions and Records.

2. You may drop the class with no penalty or mark on your record on or before  Friday, October 17.

3. After October 17, you may drop the class and receive a grade of W until  Friday, November 21.

4. After November 21, if you are enrolled, you will receive one of the following grades: A,B,C,D,F or I (Incomplete, must be negotiated with the instructor and is only allowed in special cases).

In this class, it is your responsibility to drop the class in order to avoid an unwanted grade. You must go to the registrar by the above dates to avoid the unwanted grade.



Monday  ............................  5:00 to 6:00 PM            A210

Tuesday..........................      2:15 to 3:15                   GMC

Wednesday ....................      12:30 to 1:30                 GMC

Thursday........................       10:00 to 11:00                 A210

Friday........................            10:00 to 11:00               A210

CALCULATORS: A graphing calculator is required for this class.  There are a variety of such calculators on the market. The instructor will be using a Texas Instruments-89. Calculators (with the exception of those equipped with symbolic manipulation) will be allowed on the exams.


Lecture will always be geared towards an explanation of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming homework assignment and/or exam

Due Date Topic Section Problem Numbers

9-23  Introductions        

9-25  Distance                        1.1       4,11,20,25,36
          Graphs                         1.2        5,20,27,58,69


9-30      Lines                            1.3        10,29,38,65,81,86
              Functions                      1.4        5,20,27,40,47,70

10-2     Limits                            1.5        1,4,10,13,16,19,25,28,34,37,43,46,52,55,58,61,65,66


10-7  Continuity                           1.6        1,4,9,16,21,22,37,44,49,56,60      

10-9  The Derivative                2.1        1,8,14,17,22,27,32,37,42,47,52,57,64,69


10-14   Derivative Rules              2.2        3,10,17,25,30,36,43,48,53,60,62,65
             Velocity and Marginals  2.3        1,4,7,12,17,22,29,34,40,43,49

10-16  Midterm 1


10-21  Product/Quotient Rules  2.4        2,7,14,21,24,31,38,41,46,55,57,62

10-23  Chain Rule                      2.5        1,8,13,20,23,33,42,51,66,69,72,73


10-28  Higher Derivatives           2.6        5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,43,48,50,57
           Implicit Differentiation      2.7        1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,30,35,40,43,44

10-30  Related Rates                  2.8        1,2,5,7,8,10,11,13,15,16,18,21,22,24,25


11-4   Increasing/Decreasing        3.1        1,4,7,10,15,20,25,30,33,36,38,39,40

11-6  1st Derivative Test             3.2        1,6,11,16,21,26,29,32,37,42,45,46,48


11-11  Midterm 2

11-13  2st Derivative Test            3.3        1,6,11,16,21,26,31,36,41,46,51,56,59,65


11-18  Optimization                      3.4        1,4,7,10,13,14,17,19,22,25,28,29,32,33,35,36,38

11-20  Business and Econ             3.5        1,6,11,16,19,22,25,28,33,39


11-25  Asymptotes                       3.6        2,9,16,23,30,37,44,51,58,63
           Curve Sketching                3.7        5,10,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,53

11-27   Happy Thanksgiving

12-2  Differentials                         3.8        1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,24,29,30,32,35,36,38,39

12-4  Midterm 3


12-9    Comprehensive Final Exam Monday 10:00 - 11:50 PM


  • Come to every class meeting.
  • Arrive early, get yourself settled, spend a few minutes looking at your notes from the previous class meeting, and have your materials ready when class starts.

  • Read each section before it is discussed in class.

  • Do some math every day.

  • Start preparing for the tests at least a week in advance.

  • Spend about half of your study time working with your classmates.

  • Take advantage of tutors and office hours, extra help can make a big difference.