Math 1071Q-10
Summer 2020
Calculus for Business and Economics

General Information

Quick Links Mode of the class Instructor & TA Text & Prerequisites Course Description and Objectives
Exams & Quizzes Homework & Discussion Board Grades Course Outline Calculator Policy
Help Academic Integrity Religious Observances Student Athletes Accessibility & Disability Issues

Quick Links

Mode of the class

Instructor and TA

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           David L Gross
  • Instructor: Dr. David Gross
  • Phone: You can reach me at 860-486-1292
  • E-mail:
  • Online Office hours: Mondays, 11:00 -1:00 pm, and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • TA: Oleksandr Pavlenko
  • E-mail:
  • Online Office hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm, and Thursdays, 12:00-2:00 pm

  • Originator of the class videos: Dr. Amit Savkar

Text & Prerequisites

The textbook is Calculus: Applications and Technology, by E.C. Tomastik, Cengage Publishing ,customized 3rd edition, bundled with WebAssign code, ISBN 978-035708981

You can buy the bundle from the UConn Bookstore on the Storrs Campus (currently, $80.00).

Prerequisite knowledge for this course is a firm ability in Intermediate Algebra (Algebra II).
Recommended Preparation: Math 1070Q and a qualifying score of 22 on the Mathematics Placement Assessment.

Course Description and Objectives

Course Description

The goal for the semester is to learn, understand and be able to work with the vocabulary, algorithmic manipulations, main ideas and concepts of the calculus applicable to business and economics. In particular, we will cover Limits, rates of change, derivatives, linearity, techniques of differentiation involving rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions, higher derivatives and their applications to optimization and modeling, antiderivatives, the definite integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus and it's applications.

Course Objectives
By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
  1. Use mathematical models to represent various business and economics related functions, including cost, revenue, profit, and demand.
  2. Understand and work with exponential and logarithmic expressions, especially as related to interest and other exponential growth problems.
  3. Understand the idea of a limits and limits at infinity. Evaluate various types of limits and define concepts like asymptotes, continuity and derivatives in terms of limits.
  4. Understand the derivative as the instantaneous rate of change and also the slope of the tangent line to a curve. Use the tangent line to approximate functions.
  5. Evaluate the derivative of functions using standard derivative rules.
  6. Understand elasticity of demand.
  7. Use the first and second derivative of a function, as well as its properties like domain, asymptotes and symmetry, to understand the overall shape of a function and draw its graph.
  8. Setup and solve optimization and related rates problems in various contexts, using derivatives.
  9. Evaluate both indefinite and definite integrals, using basic antiderivative rules, including substitution. This includes developing an understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  10. Use integrals/antiderivatives to solve problems, like finding cost from marginal cost, net change from a rate of change, or the area under or between curves.


Exams:There will be two midterms and a comprehensive final exam in this class. The midterms are tentatively scheduled for June 11 and June 23, the date for the final is July 2. There are no exceptions for taking the exams on the prescribed date during the prescribed time period.

Make-Up Policy: No make-ups for midterm exams will be given.

All rescheduled final exams must be approved by the Dean of Students Office and they do not easily allow rescheduling. Please note that they do NOT consider vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the assessment schedule, transportation issues and oversleeping as viable excuses for missing a final exam either. If you think that your situation warrants permission to reschedule, please contact the Dean of Students Office to meet/speak with a staff member as soon as possible.

Homework, WebAssign & the Piazza Discussion Board

Homework and WebAssign: To access the homework you will have to go through HuskyCT single sign-on. In your account you will find a link to do your homework using WebAssign. There will be homework assignments for each section of the text. Each assignment will be made available on WebAssign several days before the section is covered in class. The due date for each assignment will be set by your instructor and will generally be two or three days after the material is covered in class. You will get five attempts for each question that is not multiple choice and fewer than five attempts for each multiple choice question; the exact number of attempts will depend on the number of choices. After each attempt, you will be told whether your answer is correct or not. If you are not able to get the correct answer after your initial attempts, we recommend that you seek help from, your classmates through the discussion boards, your instructor, the TA, the Q-Center, a tutor, or another student. By the way, if you want to go directly to the tutor's schedule for Math 1071Q, click here. This should go live on Friday, May 29.

Discussion Board: The discussion board will be through Piazza which can be accessed through HuskyCT. There will be a Discussion Board grade -- to do well on this, go to the discussion board a couple of times a week: answer a question, ask a question, participate in the online discussions and generally be a part of the class instead of only a individual learner. The grade will be based on one's active participation in the Discussion Board.

Browser Needs For WebAssign: If you are using a Mac or PC you will need to updated to the newest version of Google Chrome or Firefox to access your WebAssign Homework from HuskyCT. You can use Internet Explorer or Safari, but issues using these have been reported, so I suggest using Chrome or Firefox.


The course grade will be determined as follows:

HomeworkOn WebAssign20%
Piazza Discussion BoardOn HuskyCT5%
Exam 1 (Thursday, June 11) 10:00-12:00 noon Proctored by ProctorU 20%
Exam 2 (Tuesday, June 23) 10:00-12:00 noon Proctored by ProctorU 20%
  Comprehensive Final Exam (July 2) 10:00-12:00 noon      Proctored by ProctorU   35%    

Important: The exams are online through HuskyCT and proctored by ProctorU.

Grades: The gradebook will be in WebAssign. You will be able to keep track of your grades there.

Course Outline

The dates of the exams are tentaively fixed!

1Algebra Review covering sections A.1, 2, and 6
1.2Mathematical Models
1.3Exponential Models
1.4Combinations of Functions
3.2Rates of Change
3.3The Derivative
4.1Derivatives of Powers, Exponents, and Sums
4.2Derivatives of Products and Quotients
Review for Exam 1
Exam 1June 11Thursday, June 11, Exam 1, 10:00am to noon
24.3The Chain Rule
4.4Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
4.5Elasticity of Demand
5.1The First Derivative
5.2The Second Derivative
5.3Limits at Infinity
5.4Addition Curve Sketching
5.5Absolute Extrema
Reivew for Exam 2
Exam 2June 23Tuesday, June 23, Exam 2, 10:00am to noon
35.6Optimization and Modeling
5.8Implicit Differentiation and Related Rates
6.4The Definite Integral
6.5The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
6.6Area Between Two Curves
Review for the Final Exam
Final ExamJuly 2Thursday, July 2, Final Exam, 10:00am to noon

Calculator Policy

Calculators: ​Graphing calculators: TI 82, 83, 84, 84 plus, 85 or 86 may be used. Models TI-89 and above (including TI-Nspire) are not permitted on the exams. A graphing calculator is recommended but not required. I suggest the TI 84 or 84 plus. It will have all that you need and then some, but it will not cost as much. You will need (at the least) a basic calculator that can do powers, exponentials and logarithms for exams.


If you're having trouble understanding the course material or you want to find out more about a topic, come find me! I have office hours. That and anything else you want to talk with me about is what they are for! If however, they don't fit your schedule, we can make an appointment to meet at another time.

You can also visit the Quantitative Learning Center, otherwise known as the Q Center, @uconnqcenter, which supports this course. They have free drop-in tutoring as well as a list of private tutors. Their hours are very student friendly, 7 days a week into the late evening (except for Saturday). Not all the math tutors are comfortable tutoring Math 1070Q though, so you should check the Q Center's website to find out when tutors are available for this particular course.

To help you "up" your game (academically), no matter how you're currently doing, the Academic Achievement Center will be able to help. They can tailor a program for you individually based on where you are now.

Academic Integrity

I expect you to be familiar with and abide by UConn's academic integrity policy at all times. If you work on the homework with a classmates, you must write your own solutions individually. There should be no help given or received on quizzes, midterms or the final exam. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (e.g. papers, projects, examinations and assessments - whether online or in-class, use of your own notes or someone else's during an exam); presenting, as one's own, the ideas, words or calculations of another for academic evaluation (this includes but is not limited to online help during exams from companies such as Chegg and the like); doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; using unauthorized aids in preparing work for evaluation (e.g. unauthorized formula sheets, unauthorized calculators, unauthorized programs or formulas loaded into your calculator, etc.); and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved.

A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies described in Appendix A of the Student Code. Sanctions shall include, but are not limited to, a letter sent to the Office of Community Standards of the University; a grade of 0 on the assignment, quiz or exam; a grade of F for the course.

Religious Observances

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please contact me right away to discuss whether an accommodation for this is possible.

Student Athletes

If you are a student athlete, let me know soon. Speak with your SASP counselor and talk with him or her about any dates that conflict with your participation in this course. I should know of these conflicts within the first two weeks of the course. Alternate arrangements for away game conflicts with midterms might be possible.

Accessibility & Disability Issues

If you have a physical or learning disability and are registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), (860-486-2020, video phone: 860-553-3243, room 204 of the Wilbur Cross Building), the CSD should have contacted me with notification of your needed accommodations. As communication does not always work as desired (especially in the short terms of the summer), please let me know of any issues you have and I can contact the CSD on your behalf as well.

In addition, if you have accessibility issues, I encourage you to discuss these with me and the CSD, as the CSD office can help determine appropriate workarounds.