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MATH 220 Calculus for Business and Management

Coordinator: Kathy McKenzie,

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to provide students a working knowledge of basic operations in Calculus, including differentiation and integration of simple functions. At the end of the course the student should be able to use these techniques to graph functions and solve financial problems involving optimization, growth, and rates of change. Evaluation of the student's mastery of these concepts will be done through written exams.

University “M” Credit:

Successful completion of this course satisfies the BU “M” credit requirement. Students in “M” courses will demonstrate competence in an area such as calculus, symbolic logic, the logic of computers, the logic of deductive and inductive reasoning, or probability and statistical inference.


Students must pass the Calculus Screening Test. To be successful in this course a student should be competent in high school algebra. Passing the Screening Test does not certify competence in algebra; not passing it shows insufficient skill. For information on the Screening Test, click here . Students who struggle with the Screening Test should seriously consider taking Binghamton University's Pre-Calculus course, MATH 108.


You are required to attend all classes. In case of illness or other necessary absences, notify your instructor by email. According to Harpur College policy, a student can receive a grade of F for any course for which they have missed 25% or more of its meetings. We reserve the right to invoke this policy.

Academic Honesty:

Academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely. There is precedent for giving an “F” for the course to a student who attempts to advance his/her grade illegally. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: copying another student's work, letting someone copy your work, lying to or intentionally misleading an instructor, handing in modified work for additional points, or signing someone else's name to a document.

To eliminate suspicion, only writing/erasing utensils will be permitted on desks during an exam.

Calculators and Other Electronic Devices:

Calculators will not be allowed during any quiz or test. They may be useful for some homework assignments. No particular type is recommended.

Students may not access any electronic devices during a quiz or test. Doing so will be considered cheating regardless of the actual action or intent.

Extra Help Extra help both at the University Tutorial Services (UTS) and in the Calculus Help Rooms in Whitney Hall.

UTS is the on-campus organization that oversees undergraduate tutoring for students. It offers small group tutoring for many math courses, including MATH 108 and MATH 220. The website is

The Calculus Help Rooms in Whitney Hall have a wide range of opening hours. For details see Help Rooms. This site is updated about a week after classes begin each semester.

Course text:

REQUIRED: Math 220 Course Pack, 7th Edition This is obtainable at the Campus Bookstore. If you have an earlier edition, this is fine, but show check for corrections or other addenda in current edition.

Special Services:

Binghamton University is committed to full and equitable access for all enrolled students. Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must register with Services for Students with Disabilities located in UU-119 (777-2686).


Dates for the exams will be announced here and in your classes within the first week of the semester.

There will be three in-class exams, as well as a comprehensive final. The in-class exams take place during regularly scheduled class time, in your usual classroom location.

Make-up exams are not given except in the direst of circumstances (serious student illness or death in the immediate family). If you have an emergency, do everything you can to contact your instructor as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT until the next class meeting.

The final exam is comprehensive, covering most of the material in the course. Details as to what specific material will be excluded will be provided in advance. The best way to study for the final exams is to understand the problems from the prior exams given in the course.

If you have a university conflict with other final exams (another exam scheduled for the same time, or three exams within a 24-hour period) you are entitled to have one of your exams rescheduled. Of course we would rather that you reschedule your OTHER test, but we do understand that this cannot always be done. If you request a makeup be prepared to stay on campus through all of Exam Week.


Course Grades will be awarded as follows:

Total Points Grade

A 900-1000 A- 850-899 B+ 800-849 B 750-799 B- 700-749

C+ 650-699 C 600-649 C- 550-599 D 500-549 F 0-499

Your grade for the course is out of 1000 points. The following scheme is subject to change, but in general, the final exam is worth 300 points (30%), the three in-class exams 200 points each, and class performance 100 points, as determined by your quiz scores, preparedness, and attendance. It is up to the discretion of each instructor to allot these points; each class will hear from the instructor as to how these points are awarded.

An important note about grading:

Instructors do not “give grades.” Instructors simply award points based on the work the student produces. Each student's point total happens to correspond to a letter grade at semester's end. Very little (if any) subjectivity is involved in the grading process. Students are responsible for earning the requisite number of points (as detailed above) to earn the grade they desire.

Students using the Pass/Fail grading option need 500 points for “P.”

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