What is taught in the Math 180 UIC class?


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University of Illinois at Chicago's Math 180 class covers Calculus I. The course is a requirement to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, the teaching of mathematics or mathematics and computer science. It is also required for minor degrees in mathematics or mathematics and computer science.

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The Math 180 Calculus I UIC course uses chapters 2 to 5 in the textbook "Calculus: Early Transcendentals" by William Briggs and Lyle Cochran. The second chapter covers the ideas, definitions and techniques for computing limits. The third chapter discusses differentiation, product and quotient rules, the chain rule, and derivatives of trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions and logarithmic and exponential functions. The fourth chapter further discusses derivatives, as well as maxima and minima, graphing functions, optimization problems, linear approximation and differentials, the mean value theorem, L'Hopital's rule and anti-derivatives. The fifth chapter covers approximating areas under curves, definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, working with integrals and the substitution rule.

Students are expected to read chapters of the textbook before attending the class meetings. Both written and online homework is assigned. To access online homework, students need to create a MyMathLab account. Though basic calculators are required for some homework assignments, they are not allowed during exams. The final grade is a combination of points from homework, quizzes, hour-long exams and the final exam.

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