COURSE OUTLINE: MH1802

Course Title

Calculus for the Sciences

Course Code

MH1802

Offered Study Year 1, Semester 1
Course Coordinator Tan Geok Choo (Dr) gctan@ntu.edu.sg 6513 7452
Pre-requisites None
AU 4
Contact hours Lectures: 39, Tutorials: 13
Approved for delivery from AY 2019/20 semester 1
Last revised 15 Jul 2019, 08:48

Course Aims

This course aims to equip you with
• mathematical knowledge and analytical skills so that they are able to apply techniques of calculus (along with your existing mathematical skills) to solve scientific problems whenever applicable;
• mathematical reading skills so that you can read and understand related mathematical content in the basic and popular scientific and engineering literature; and
• mathematical communication skills so that you can effectively and rigorously present your mathematical ideas to mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the common terms used in the discussion of different types of numbers and functions
  2. Cite examples of the applications of polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions in Science and conversely identify the appropriate functions that best describe given scientific phenomena or experiments
  3. Apply basic algebraic (including Binomial theorem), trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential identities to prove identities in general
  4. Apply basic concepts in complex numbers (including Euler’s formula and de Moivre’s theorem) to solve related problems
  5. Explain the meaning of different types of limits of a function and evaluate them
  6. Explain the concept of continuity of a function and apply it to estimate root of a function (Intermediate Value Theorem).
  7. Apply the concept of limits of a function to solve related problems and derive formulas for the derivative of algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions
  8. Apply the appropriate techniques to solve derivatives and higher order derivatives in general
  9. Provide a graphical interpretation of derivatives, classify critical points and apply the appropriate techniques for curve sketching
  10. Apply the appropriate techniques in solving single variable optimization and mean value problems
  11. Compute and apply Taylor series of functions such as algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions
  12. Cite examples of the applications of derivatives in Science (such as in kinematics and chemical kinetics) and conversely formulate descriptions of relevant scientific phenomena or experiments using derivatives
  13. Apply derivatives to numerical approximations (such as Newton’s method, linear approximations and differentials)
  14. Apply differentiation to L’hospital rule
  15. Compute numerical derivatives
  16. Apply the concept of Riemann sum, fundamental theorem of calculus and use them to determine integrals
  17. Apply the appropriate techniques (such as substitution, integration by parts, using partial fractions, using complex numbers) to solve integrals
  18. Apply integration to compute area under graph, arc lengths, volume of revolution, mean values
  19. Cite examples of the applications of integrals in Science (such as in kinematics, determining center of mass) and conversely formulate descriptions of relevant scientific phenomena or experiments using integrals
  20. Apply numerical methods to make approximation of integrals
  21. Perform simple classification of differential equations
  22. Apply the appropriate techniques (such as separation of variables, use of integrating factors) to solve basic first order ordinary differential equations
  23. Identify and apply techniques to solve second order linear ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients (homogeneous and nonhomogeneous)
  24. Cite examples of the applications of differential equations in Science (such as in mechanics, chemical kinetics) and conversely formulate descriptions of relevant scientific phenomena or experiments using differential equations
  25. Recognise that power series can be used in solving of general differential equations

Course Content

Types of Numbers; Functions and Graphs

Algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions and identities

Basic Complex Numbers

Limits & Continuity

Derivatives & Techniques of Differentiation

Applications of Differentiation; Numerical Approximation of differentiation

Indefinite Integrals and Definite Integral, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Techniques of Integration 1

Techniques of Integration 2; Applications of Integration

Applications of Integration in Science; Numerical Approximation of integration

Introduction to Differential Equations; First Order Ordinary Differential Equations

Second Order Linear Differential Equations with constant coefficients

Power Series Method

Revision

Assessment

Component Course ILOs tested SPMS-MAS Graduate Attributes tested Weighting Team / Individual Assessment Rubrics
Continuous Assessment
Mid-semester Quiz
Common Test 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 1. a, b, c
3. a
20 individual See Appendix for rubric
Common Test 2 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 1. a, b, c
3. a
20 individual See Appendix for rubric
Examination (2 hours)
Final Examination 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 1. a, b, c
3. a
60 individual See Appendix for rubric
Total 100%

These are the relevant SPMS-MAS Graduate Attributes.

1. Competence

a. Independently process and interpret mathematical theories and methodologies, and apply them to solve problems

b. Formulate mathematical statements precisely using rigorous mathematical language

c. Discover patterns by abstraction from examples

3. Communication

a. Present mathematics ideas logically and coherently at the appropriate level for the intended audience

Formative Feedback

Formative feedback is given through discussion within tutorial lessons and lectures. It is also given after each common test on the common mistakes and level of difficulty of the problems.

Learning and Teaching Approach

Lectures
(39 hours)

Train you to be independent learners who are able to derive ideas/concepts from first principles and take ownership of your own learning. Help you understand the motivation behind mathematical theorems, definitions and formulae. Develop the train of thoughts in problem solving and presentation skills in presenting mathematical ideas and solutions.
Develop competence in solving calculus related problems.
Develop communication skills and competence in mathematics, particularly calculus. You also have an opportunity to work with your peers.

Tutorials
(13 hours)

Train you to be independent learners who are able to derive ideas/concepts from first principles and take ownership of your own learning. Help you understand the motivation behind mathematical theorems, definitions and formulae. Develop the train of thoughts in problem solving and presentation skills in presenting mathematical ideas and solutions.
Develop competence in solving calculus related problems.
Develop communication skills and competence in mathematics, particularly calculus. You also have an opportunity to work with your peers.

Reading and References

Text Books:

Thomas, GB Jr., Weir MD, Hass J and Giordano FR , Thomas’ Calculus, Pearson-Addison-Wesley, 13th Edition in SI Units , 2016. ISBN-13 978-1-292-08979-9.

James Stewart: Calculus (International Student Edition, Metric Version), 7th Edition, Thomson, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0538497817.

Other References:
K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson, S. J. Bence, Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering: A Comprehensive Guide, Cambridge University Press, 3rd edition (March 13, 2006). ISBN 0521861535.

Serge Lang, A First Course in Calculus, Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 3rd edition (January 1973). ISBN-13: 978-0201042238.

Donald Trim, Calculus for Engineering, Prentice Hall Canada, 2nd edition (March 7, 2001). ISBN-13: 978-0130856036.

Tom M Apostol, Calculus (Vol 1 and 2) Wiley 2nd edition (2016 and 2007). ISBN-13: 978-0471000051 (Vol 1), ISBN-13: 978-8126515202 (Vol 2).

Course Policies and Student Responsibilities

Absence Due to Medical or Other Reasons
If you are sick and unable to attend your class (particularly the mid-terms), you have to:
1. Send an email to the instructor regarding the absence.
2. Submit the original Medical Certificate* to administrator.

* The medical certificate mentioned above should be issued in Singapore by a medical practitioner registered with the Singapore Medical Association.

Academic Integrity

Good academic work depends on honesty and ethical behaviour. The quality of your work as a student relies on adhering to the principles of academic integrity and to the NTU Honour Code, a set of values shared by the whole university community. Truth, Trust and Justice are at the core of NTU’s shared values.

As a student, it is important that you recognize your responsibilities in understanding and applying the principles of academic integrity in all the work you do at NTU. Not knowing what is involved in maintaining academic integrity does not excuse academic dishonesty. You need to actively equip yourself with strategies to avoid all forms of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, academic fraud, collusion and cheating. If you are uncertain of the definitions of any of these terms, you should go to the Academic Integrity website for more information. Consult your instructor(s) if you need any clarification about the requirements of academic integrity in the course.

Course Instructors

Instructor Office Location Phone Email
Tan Geok Choo (Dr) SPMS-MAS-04-12 6513 7452 gctan@ntu.edu.sg

Planned Weekly Schedule

Week Topic Course ILO Readings/ Activities
1

Types of Numbers; Functions and Graphs

1, 2
2

Algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions and identities

2, 3, 4
3

Basic Complex Numbers

5
4

Limits & Continuity

6, 7, 8
5

Derivatives & Techniques of Differentiation

8, 9
6

Applications of Differentiation; Numerical Approximation of differentiation

9, 10, 11, 12
7

Indefinite Integrals and Definite Integral, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Techniques of Integration 1

13, 14
8

Techniques of Integration 2; Applications of Integration

15
9

Applications of Integration in Science; Numerical Approximation of integration

16, 17, 18
10

Introduction to Differential Equations; First Order Ordinary Differential Equations

19, 20
11

Second Order Linear Differential Equations with constant coefficients

21, 22
12

Power Series Method

23, 24
13

Revision

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Appendix 1: Assessment Rubrics

Rubric for Mid-semester Quiz: Common Test 1 (20%)

Point-based marking (not rubrics based).

Rubric for Mid-semester Quiz: Common Test 2 (20%)

Point-based marking (not rubrics based).

Rubric for Examination: Final Examination (60%)

Point-based marking (not rubrics based).