`sin^2x + cos^2x = 1`
`y = frac (-b +- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac)) (2a)`
`(x + 2)^2 + (y - 3)^2 = 16`
`slope = m = frac (\text(change in y)) (\text(change in x)) = frac (Deltay) (Deltax)`

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HCC Math212

(according to LWW)

Ch 1.8 Functions & Models

What is Calculus?

  • Calculus is the study of change.
  • The study of how to quantify the change one variable experiences based on the change in another, related variable.
  • In mathematics, we express how two different variables are related using functions, for example ... `y=f(x)=3x^2 +1`
  • In mathematics, we quantify the relationship between the changes in two variables using fractions, for example ... `text(the change in y)/text(the change in x)`
  • The value of this fraction tells you how the change in `y` relates to the change in `x`

Where is Calculus Used?

Motion, electricity, heat, light, harmonics, acoustics, astronomy, dynamics, radioactive decay, birth and death rates, maximizing profits or revenue, minimizing cost, price elasticity of demand

Textbook Objectives for Section 1.8

  • Recognize and understand various business and economic terms
  • Create and evaluate mathematical models for real-life situations


LWW's Additional Objectives

  • Review necessary material on functions
  • Review necessary material on slope
  • Introduce necessary business terms: Cost, Revenue, Profit

Chapter 1 of this book is essentially all material that you are expected to know before taking this course. My experience with teaching this course is that it is time well spent for me to review with the students some of this material during the first two classes. I will focus on Section 1.8 mostly but will also touch on Section 1.6. I'm assuming you already know the following:

This is all in Chapter 1 of the text so if you need to review this material, you can find the information you need there.

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