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Homework for Week 1

In bold is the date on which the assignment is given. Do them so you may ask/answer questions the following class day.

Wed Aug 23 Read Sec 1 and Sec 2; problems Ch 1, p 5, #1, 2, 7, 8; problems Ch 2, pp 15-16, #1-13

Thurs-Fri Aug 24-25 Catch up on Ch 1 and 2 problems and study for quiz on this material (especially from your notes).

Read Sec 3.


Mon Aug 28 View first two videos under Cost, Revenue, Profit at Videos

Do problems Sec 3, pp 26-27; do take-home Quiz 1

Wed Aug 30 Check out the full solutions to Sec 3 at HOMEWORK SOLUTIONS

Read Sec 4 and study the handout Properties of exponents and logs.

View these helpful videos to preview what we cover tomorrow.

Examples of solving an exponential equation

Example of solving a logarithmic equation

Another example solving a logarithmic equation

Thurs Aug 31 Do Sec 4 p 43 #1-5, 8 b e f g, 10 a c e f, 11 e f h, 12, 14 b, 17 a, 20 d e, 21 b d f

8-O Mini-quiz tomorrow on linear cost, revenue, profit functions (including concept of marginal cost). You will find the functions given data. See your homework for typical question, like “find x to break even”.

Friday Sept 1 Read Sec 5 and view comprehensive video lecture on compound interest problems.

Another good interest video is found at Tarrou's interest lecture

Finally, an interesting video Understanding e (exponential growth).

A point about the variables used: The value of the principal (whether loan or investment) P as time passes is often given as F, and sometimes A, as in the video. These are y values, the dependent variable.

I often stress the functional nature of these. They represent growth (money, population) over time. That is why I will often write P(t) for F. In the first video the teacher uses A for final account value. I would like to see A(t) (for account value over time).

After doing the reading and watching the video, try Sec 5 p 56 #1-7. They are not difficult. Here are some clear formula notes and the algorithm (applied as learned in the previous chapter) to solve an interest problem:

Interest formula summary

Although we will do Sec 5 on Wednesday, since it's a long weekend and we don't meet again till Wednesday, please get a jump on the enjoyable calculus topic of limits by viewing the first “Limits” video at Video link.


Mon Sept 6 Now you can do the Sec 5 problems.

Also, I will cut down the number of Sec 4 log and exp problems, and focus on only essential skills.

Wed Sept 6 Read Sec 6; view the videos on limits:

Basic ideas of limits

Finding limits from a graph

Thurs Sept 7 Do Sec 6, p 67 #1-12

8-o Study for Friday's mini-quiz on compound interest and a few log and exp short answers.


Fri Sept 9 After looking over Friday's notes and rereading Sec 6, try again Problems Sec 6 p 66 #1-12 all, if you haven't done them already, and #16-30 even. Study the posted solutions.

More good videos:

Evaluate limits using properties, Ex 1 and Ex 2

More techniques for evaluating limits, Ex 1 (which gets a little jump on the idea of continuity; for our purposes this is simply the feature of a function which can be drawn by not lifting your pen).

Ex 2, Ex 3

Infinite limits in which a function goes to positive infinity or negative infinity as x approaches a.

Fri-Sun Sept 9-11 See summary of limits, including some important ones not explicitly stated in sec 6 (which I'll post tomorrow)

Read sec 7.

Mon Sept 12-Tues Sept 13 Read Sec 7 and Sec 8.

8-o View (as seen on the Video link, too)

Difference quotient (DQ) and the definition of derivative

Finding derivative with DQ, Ex 1

Finding derivative with DQ, Ex 2

Do Take-home 1

You may use the reading and notes (but not a friend/classmate)

Also, do Sec 7 p 72 #1

Wed Sept 13 Do Sec 7 p 72 #2, 3 a-d

Read "The derivative function and marginal analysis (of cost, revenue and profit)"

Due tomorrow, worked independently, same take-home with correction (lim of the DQ as h—>0)

View Shortcuts to the Derivative

Finding equation of tangent line to the curve

Thurs Sept 14 Do Sec 8 p 78 #1, 2, 3, 4 using the derivative formulas 8-O.

Fri-Sun Sept 15-17

1. Preview Sec 9 (continuity) with the videos at Videos on Continuity

2. Carefully look over worked solutions of today's handout only to end of p. 207 (omit Marginal Average phenomena): "The derivative function and marginal analysis (of cost, revenue and profit)"

3. Read Sec 9. View all three Videos on Continuity See if you can do some on pp 84-85 #1 a-e, 2 a-d, 4, 5, 6. I have posted the solutions.


Mon Sept 18 SHORT quiz Wednesday on derivative rules and finding equation of the tangent line to a curve at a point.

Read (again?) Sec 10 (product, quotient, and exponential rules) and Sec 11 (chain rule).

Do Derivative extra practice handed out today in class. Refer to the Essential formulas handout

The first 10 extra practice are forms we covered. The others entail product and quotient rules. You can do them after watching again:

Product rule examples

Quotient rule examples

In the book, do Sec 10 #1-6, #8-10, 11, 12, 13.

Sec 11 #1, 2 b c f g l m, 3 a-d, f l m n, #4 a, #6

m( Did you try the continuity problems? We will spend 15 minutes on them next class.

Wed-Sun Sept 20-24 Finish up Sec 9, 10 and 11 problems. Adding Sec 10 #1-6, #8-10, 11, 12, 13.

Do rest of problems on Derivative Practice handout; do Chain Rule handout problems. Skip trig examples.

For help, go to the Videos link and scroll down to :-D for videos of clear, intermediate level examples.

Speed quiz on derivatives on Monday including all rules, with NO Essential formulas handout


Mon-Tues Sept 25-26 Be ready with questions to ask on Wed for Exam 1, which is Thursday Sept 28.

The following items will help you prepare.

Limits drill

And from previous semesters:

Two derivative quizzes

Domain limit and linear cost revenue profit analysis quiz

And a brand new practice problem of Cost Revenue Profit analysis

Wed Sept 27 Study for Exam 1 to cover all topics Sec 1-11.

Format About 6 questions of several parts, including domain, limit, derivatives, and piecewise function continuity question, a cost revenue profit problem with interpretations, compound interest to find principal and final values, and solve for time to increase an investment (like time to double or get to some other future value).

Thurs-Fri Sept 28-29 Read Secs 12-13. View (twice would be best) Implicit differentiation (ID). See my synopsis of ID method Video page.

Do problems in Sec 12 p 107 #2, 4, 5; and Sec 13 #1, 2, 3, 4, 8


Mon-Tues Oct 2-3 Read Sec 14 (related rates) and view related rate videos (read my synopsis on Video page).

Related rates 1: Area of circle and changing radius rate

Related rates 2: Area of triangle and changing side length rate

Related rates 3: Ladder sliding down the wall problem

Wed Oct 4 Do pp 121-122 #1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14

Thurs Oct 5 Read Sec 15. Watch Extrema and Critical numbers as well as Increasing and decreasing functions

Fri-Sun Oct 6-8 Do pp 129-130 #2, 4 a-i


Mon-Tues Oct 9-10

View Finding critical numbers of a fcn

First derivative test

Second derivative test and concavity

Read Sec 17 and Sec 18.

Do Sec 17, p 141 #1, 2 a-m

The first part of Summary of Secs 15, 17, 18 will be a help.

Wed Oct 11 Continue reading Sec 17 and work on finding intervals where f(x) is increasing or decreasing by checking test values in the intervals created by the critical numbers.

8-O To hand in on Thurs Revised related rates quiz

Thurs Oct 12 Read Sec 18; Do, in this order, #1, 3 a-e, 2 a, b, e, f, h

Fri-Tues Oct 13-17 Fall Break Read Secs 16, 19-21. View short videos on Sec 16 theorems

Intermediate value thm

Rolle's and mean value thms

Catch up on the HW problems whose solutions I have already posted.

Homework for Week 9

Wed Oct 18 Do Sec 16 p 136 #1, 2 and Sec 22 p 185 #3 a

8-O Study for quiz on sketching a polynomial; see polynomial example in class notes Unit on graphing

Easier polynomial example

View: Detailed examples of using first and second derivative to graph function View:

Graphing a simple rational function

Graphing a harder rational function

Another rational function

Thurs Oct 19 View:

Sketching a more involved rational fcn with FDT and SDT

Limits at infinity, which relate to horizontal asymptotes (including "tricks" at 6:16)

Do Sec 19 #1 a b c, #2 a b c d f i

Fri Oct 20 Do Sec 20 pp 167-168 #1 a b c, #3, 4 a-g #5 c d e f

Sec 21 p 174 # 1, 2, 3

Sec 22 p 185 #4-8 (revisiting absolute min/max with business type questions)

FOCUS for Exam 2 The test will cover:

  • Short answer implicit differentiation; short answer concerning basic theory of critical points and inflection points (think of the Summary handout); finding the equations of tangent(s) to a curve at a given x (you may use y instead of dy/dx);
  • Related rate of a business type problem;
  • Identifying critical numbers of various functions (short answer, not to graph);
  • Graphing a rational function that involves HA and VA and showing that the FDT supports where it is increasing and/or decreasing and its concavity story;
  • Business-type problem for max and min; an absolute max/min problem;
  • Identifying a value of c where f'© is in agreement with the statement of the Mean value Theorem.

Here is a Supplementary problems with solutions for Sec 16

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