MTH 161: Calculus IA

Note: If this course is being taught this semester, more information can be found at the course home page.

Cross Listed




This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite for

Nearly all math courses require the first year calculus sequence or equivalent (MTH 141 - 143, MTH 161 - 162, or MTH 171 - 172). Two years of calculus are required to major in mathematics. Most science courses require between one and two years of calculus. See Comparing the Calculus Sequences.


Topics covered

Analysis of the elementary real functions: algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials and their inverses and composites. Their graphs and derivatives. Topics include limits, continuity, asymptotes, the definition of the derivative, derivatives and derivative rules for algebraic, trigonometric, exponentials, and logarithms. Implicit differentiation, related rates, linear approximation, differentials, mean value theorem, maxima and minima, curve sketching, l’Hospital’s rule, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and the substitution rule for integration.

See Comparing the Calculus Sequences.