MATH1009 Calculus for Business and Economics, Summer 2008

Instructors: Dr Robert Bailey (e-mail) and Zhengmin Zhang (e-mail).
Telephone: 613-520-2600 x8999.

FINAL GRADES: These will be made available on Carleton Central once they have been approved by the Deans' Office. I am not able to confirm your grades before that happens (sorry!).

Teaching Assistants: Justin Ngo (e-mail) and Kyle Harvey (e-mail).

Course information

Lectures: Tuesday, 8.00–9.00pm and Thursday, 8.00–10.00pm, Mackenzie Building 3275.
Tutorials: Tuesday, 9.00pm–10.00pm, Mackenzie Building 3356 (section A1)/Mackenzie Building 3174 (section A2).

Instructor office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7.00pm–8.00pm, HP 5218.

TA office hours: Monday 5.00pm–6.00pm, HP1160 (Justin Ngo); Wednesday 5.00pm–7.00pm, HP1175 and 7.00pm–9.00pm, HP1160 (Kyle Harvey). (Note that these are shared with other courses: MATH students have priority 7.00pm–9.00pm.)

Required textbook

Tan: Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences, 7th edition. (The 6th edition is also acceptable.)

Tutorial exercises

Selected exercises from the textbook will be listed here for you to attempt before the tutorials. You should attempt a reasonable number of these (and there are plenty more in the book you can try as well!).

Term marks

Click here for a list of test marks, indexed by student ID.


There will be four tests during the term, each lasting 50 minutes, which will take place during the tutorials on 3rd and 17th June, and 8th and 22nd July. The best three out of four marks will be counted towards the overall grade.

Final exam

The final exam will take place on FRIDAY 15th AUGUST, 7.00–10.00pm, in room TB208 (in the Tory Building).
The date and venue are set by the university, and the instructors have no control over this, and no power to change it!

Course overview

  1. Functions; limits; continuous functions; derivatives.
  2. Differentiation; product and quotient rules; marginal functions in economics; higher-order derivatives; implicit differentiation.
  3. Applications of the first and second derivative; curve sketching; optimization.
  4. Exponential and logarithmic functions; differentiation of them; exponential models.
  5. Functions of several variables; partial derivatives; maxima and minima; Lagrange multipliers.
  6. Antiderivatives; integration; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Page last updated: 22nd August 2008.

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