Specific Objectives of course:

Calculus serves as the foundation of advanced subjects in all areas of mathematics. This is the first course of Calculus. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of limit, continuity, differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable.

Course Outline:

Equations and inequalities:

Solving linear and quadratic equations, linear inequalities. Division of polynomials, synthetic division. Roots of a polynomial, rational roots; Viete Relations. Descartes rule of signs. Solutions of equations with absolute value sign. Solution of linear and non-linear inequalities with absolute value sign.

Functions and graphs:

Domain and range of a function. Examples: polynomial, rational, piecewise defined functions, absolute value functions, and evaluation of such functions. Operations with functions: sum, product, quotient and composition. Graphs of functions: linear, quadratic, piecewise defined functions.

Lines and systems of equations:  

Equation of a straight line, slope and intercept of a line, parallel and perpendicular lines. Systems of linear  equations, solution  of  system  of  linear  equations. Nonlinear systems: at least one quadratic equation.

Limits and continuity:

Functions, limit of a function. Graphical approach. Properties of limits. Theorems of limits. Limits of polynomials, rational and transcendental functions.  Limits at infinity, infinite limits, one-sided limits. Continuity.


Definition, techniques of  differentiation. Derivatives of polynomials and rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. The chain rule. Implicit differentiation. Rates of change in natural and social sciences. Related rates. Linear approximations and differentials. Higher derivatives, Leibnitz’s theorem.

Applications of derivatives:

Increasing and decreasing functions.
Relative extrema and  optimization. First  derivative test  for  relative extrema. Convexity and point of inflection. The second derivative test for extrema. Curve sketching. Mean value theorems. Indeterminate forms and L’Hopitals rule. Inverse functions and their derivatives.


Anti derivatives and integrals. Riemann sums and the definite integral. Properties of Integral. The fundamental theorem of calculus. The substitution rule.