Welcome to the Course Page of

MATH 1505 6.00 E

Mathematics for the Life

and Social Sciences

2013-2014 Full Year


Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario  M3J 1P3

Course Organization:


Course Information

Course Schedule


Exams Information

Links & Other Resources


This area will contain announcements and solutions to tests. Announcements made in class will be posted here in reverse chronological order and will not be repeated in class. Please take a minute to read the announcements carefully, as they often get updated. You may need to Reload/Refresh this page.

April 03:

Please note that the Final Examination for the course will take place on


Tuesday, April 08, 2014 from 19:00 to 22:00 in TC Rexall. The exam


will be comprehensive, covering the entire course material covered in class


according to the Course Schedule, but with an emphasis on the more resent


material covered after the Midterm Examination. You are permitted to


bring and use on the exam a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator.


No other aids will be allowed.

April 02:

Please note that the Mock Test for the Final Examination will take place


on Thursday, April 03 from 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM in BC 203.

March 27:

According to your requests, I am making available a scanned copy of the


solutions  to the questions of the Midterm Examination.

March 15:

Please note that the student course evaluations are available on-line


at the URL link:  http://courseevaluations.yorku.ca  until Friday,


April 04, 2014. It is the time for you to be the judge. Please go on-line


and complete the course evaluation.

March 11:

As it was announced in the class yesterday, the graded Test #2 papers will be


returned in the class on Wednesday, March 12. I am making available  solutions 


to the test questions and scanned copies of page 3, page 4 and page 6 of the test.

March 09:

Please note that SOS is conducting a survey to be completed by students.


You may complete the SOS survey on-line at:  http://goo.gl/rn8GS1


Students who complete the SOS survey will have a chance to win one of


15 x $15 gift cards. Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, March 14.

March 08:

Practice exercises for Chapter 12:


Section 12.1: All odds;


Section 12.2: #1-27, 31-39 odds;


Section 12.3: #1-9, 21-29 odd;


Section 12.4: #1-47 odds.

February 25:

Please note that we will write Test #2 during the lecture period on Friday,


February 28 in VH C. On the test you will be responsible for all the material


covered in class from Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3.1, 7.1 and


7.2 of the textbook.

February 24:

Please note that there will be Study Group Session on Wednesday, February 26


from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in Scott Library, Study Room G. For information


you may contact the CR, Andrew Biancolin at: abiancol@yorku.ca

February 14:

Practice exercises for Chapter 7:


Section 7.1: All odds;


Section 7.2: #1-29, 39-61 odds;


Section 7.3: #1, 3;


Section 7.4: #1-10 odds, 17, 29, 31, 33.


Have a wonderful Reading Week!

February 10:

As it was announced in the class today, the PASS schedule has been changed.


Sessions will run every Tuesday from 5:30 to7:00 PM in BC 322 and every


Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 PM in BC 203.The URL for MATH 1505 PASS


Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/568797373178613/


The Study Groups will meet on Wednesday, February 26 before Test #2.


Please also note that there will be Mock Test on Monday, February 24


from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in Founders College, Room 105. If you have questions


related to the mock test, please contact the Pass Leader, Charu Jaiswal at:



February 04:

Please note that the office hour on Wednesday, February 05 will be held


from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

January 31:

Practice exercises for Chapter 6:


Section 6.1: #1-83 odds;


Section 6.2: # 1-121 odds and # 125;


Section 6.3: #1-15 odds.

January 24:

Please note that the office hour on Monday, January 27 will take place


from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.

January 20:

Please note that the Winter term tutorial sessions for the course, led by


Professor Y. Lamzouri will take place on Mondays from 11:30 to 1:30 PM


in SLH B and on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 PM in SLH A.

January 09:

Practice exercises for Chapter 5:


Section 5.1: All odds;


Section 5.2: All odds;


Section 5.3: All odds;


Section 5.4: #1-19 all odds;


Section 5.8: #1-65 all odds.

January 07:

Please note that the graded Midterm Exam papers will be returned in the


class on Wednesday, January 08.

December 05:

As it was announced earlier, we will write the Midterm Examination on


Saturday, December 14 from 19:00 to 21:00 in TC Rexall. The exam will


be comprehensive, covering all the material covered in class from Sections:


1.1.1-1.1.5, 1.2.1-1.2.8, 1.3.1, 9.1, 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.8 of the textbook; but


with emphasis on the more resent material covered after Test #1. You are


permitted to bring a non-programmable, non-graphing calculator. No other


aids are allowed. There will be several questions, some with a few parts.


Marks for each question will be indicated. You have to show all your work


to justify your answers and should explain your solutions where appropriate.

November 12:

Practice exercises for Chapter 4:


Section 4.1: #9-33 odds, 43;


Section 4.2: All odds;


Section 4.3: All odds;


Section 4.4: #1-57, 61-87 odds;


Section 4.5: #1-71 odds;


Section 4.6: All odds;


Section 4.7: All odds;


Section 4.8: All odds.

November 07:

Please make a note that the Midterm Examination will take place on


Saturday, December 14 from 19:00 to 21:00 in TC Rexall.

November 04:

I am making available solutions to the  white  and  brown  versions of


Test #1. Please note that the graded test papers will hopefully be returned


in the class on Friday, November 08.

October 28:

Practice exercises for Sections 3.3-3.5:


Section 3.3: All odds;


Section 3.4: #5-17 odds;


Section 3.5: #1-11 odds.

October 22:

As it was announced in the class yesterday, we will write Test #1 during


the lecture period on Friday, October 25 in two class rooms, as follows:


- family name starting with A - F: TEL 1005;


- family name starting with G - Z: VH C.


On the test you will be responsible for all the material covered in class from


Sections 1.1.1 – 1.1.5, 1.2.1 - 1.2.8, 1.3.1 and 9.1.1 - 9.1.2 of the textbook.

October 18:

Please note that there will be a mock test on Tuesday, October 22


from 17:30 to 19:00 in Bethune College, Room 203. If you have any


questions related to the mock test, please contact the Pass Leader,


Charu Jaiswal at cjaiswal@yorku.ca

October 16:

Practice exercises for Sections 9.1, 3.1-3.2:


Section 9.1: #1-31 odds;


Section 3.1: #1-31, 37-53 odds;


Section 3.2: All odds.

October 08:

If you are finding this course more challenging than expected and interested in


additional background help, please read this information.


Please also note that there will probably be 45 registration slots available, and these


will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Students have to register in advance


and cannot decide to show up at the last moment without registration.

September 21:

As it was announced in the class yesterday, another tutorial session for the course,


led by Professor Y. Lamzouri will take place every Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm


in S133 Ross.

September 17:

As it was announced in the class yesterday, starting from Wednesday, September 18


until December 06, 2013, the tutorial sessions for the course, conducted by


Professor S. Mughadas will take place every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm


in HNES 034.


Please also note that starting from Monday, September 16, the MathStat Labs,


S525 Ross Building, is open. The MathStat Labs will be operating throughout


the semester from Mondays to Fridays between 10:30 am and 15:30.


To view Diagram of degrees and radians of the unit circle please click here.

September 14:

Please note that the PASS begins on Tuesday, September 17th.


Sessions run every Tuesday from 5:30 to7:00pm and Thursday from 4:00


to 5:30pm in BC 203.The URL for MATH 1505 PASS Facebook group is:




PASS Leader: Charu Jaiswal; E-mail: cjaiswal@yorku.ca

September 12:

Bethune College is seeking Class Representatives (CRs) for 1st-year and


2nd-year MATH courses. The CR Program: http://bethune.yorku.ca/classreps/


is an initiative designed to assign a CR for each of the major courses in the


Faculty of Science. CRs serve as liaisons between the course instructor


and other students in the course, providing general feedback and bringing


any concerns that arise to the attention of the instructor. Bethune College


will provide all CRs with a forum where they can share their ideas and


strategies, as well as training, to help their classmates. This is designed to


strengthen the ties between students and course directors/instructors, to


help students get more engaged and do better in their courses.


If you are interested to be a CR for MATH 1505 6.00 E, please contact


the CR Program Coordinator, Ms. Michal Sheinis: bccr@yorku.ca


For more information please click here

September 11:

In order to use Online Forum you need to have AML account.


If you do not have AML account, you may activate one at URL:



September 09:


To view and/or print  PDF  files you need to download the Acrobat Reader 


Practice exercises for Chapter 1:


Section 1.1: #1-83 odds;


Section 1.2: #1, 3, 7-13, 27, 31, 43, 57-63, 69-87, 97-105 odds;


Section 1.3.1: #1-19, 23-31 odds.

Course Information


Term and Session:

Fall/Winter 2013-2014

MATH 1505





MWF 8:30-9:30am, VH C



Dr. Iulduz Raguimov



S512 Ross



416-736-2100, Ext. 66092 or 416-736-5250


Office Hours:

MW 14:00-15:00, F 11:00-12:00pm, also by appointment










PASS Leader:


Charu Jaiswal








Two Tests:

10% each


Midterm Exam:



Final Examination:


Course Description: This course is designed for students in programs that only require 6 credits of mathematics. It combines selected material from other courses in calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, with applications given to the life and social sciences. Topics include derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions with applications to maxima and minima and rates of growth, techniques of integration, applications of the integral, systems of linear equations, sample spaces, discrete and continuous probability distributions. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive mathematical background for students of the biological and social sciences. Emphasis is placed on basic mathematical skills and their applications. For a more detailed list of topics with references to the textbook, please see Course Schedule.


Calculus for Biology and Medicine, Custom Edition for York University

by Claudia Neuhauser


Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011. ISBN 1-269-39369-3

Optional Aids:

Student's Solutions Manual


by Max Sterelyukhin


Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011. ISBN 0-321-64492-1

Course Prerequisites:

At least one 12U, or OAC mathematics course, or SC/MATH 1510 6.00.

Course Credit

SC/MATH 1000 3.00, SC/MATH 1010 3.00, SC/MATH 1013 3.00,


SC/MATH 1014 3.00, SC/MATH 1300 3.00, SC/MATH 1310 3.00,


SC/MATH 1530 3.00, SC/MATH 1540 3.00, SC/MATH 1550 6.00,


GL/MATH/MODR 1930 3.00, GL/MATH/MODR 1940 3.00,

AP/ECON 1530 3.00, AP/ECON 1540 3.00.

Important Dates:

September 09: Classes commence.

September 22: The last date to enrol in the course without my permission.

October 25: The last date to enrol in the course with my permission.


October 30-November 03: Co-Curricular Days (no classes).

December 06: Fall classes end.


January 06: Classes resume.


February 14: The last date to drop the course without receiving a final grade.

February 15-21: Reading Week (no classes).


April 04: Classes end.

April 08-24: Examination period.

Course Schedule

(tentative, subject to any changes announced in class)




Sept 09-13

Introduction, 1.1.1-1.1.2

Classes begin on Monday, September 09.

Sept 16-20


Sept 22 is the last day to enrol without my permission.

Sept 23-27



Sept 30-Oct 04



Oct 07-11

1.2.7-1.2.8, 1.3.1


Oct 14-18


No classes will be on Monday, October 14.

Oct 21-25

Test #1; 3.1

Test #1 will take place on Friday, October 25. 

Oct 28-Nov 01


No classes will be on October 30 and November 01.

Nov 04-08

3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Nov 11-15

4.1, 4.2


Nov 18-22

4.3, 4.4


Nov 25-29

4.5, 4.6


Dec 02-06

4.7, 4.8, Review

Fall classes end on Friday, December 06. 

Dec 10-23

Midterm Exam


Jan 06-10

5.1, 5.2

Winter classes begin on Monday, January 06.

Jan 13-17

5.3, 5.4


Jan 20-24

5.8, 6.1.1-6.1.2


Jan 27-31

6.1.3, 6.2.1-6.2.2


Feb 03-07

6.2.3, 6.3.1


Feb 10-14

7.1.1, 7.1.2


Feb 17-21

No classes.

Reading Week.

Feb 24-28

7.2, 7.3.1, Test #2

Test #2 will take place on Friday, February 28.

March 03-07

7.4.1, 12.1.1-12.1.3


March 10-14

12.1.4, 12.2.1-12.2.2


March 17-21



March 24-28

12.3.4, 12.4.1

March 31-Apr 04

12.4.2-12.4.3, Review

The classes end on Friday, April 04. 

April 08-24

Final Examination


Note: The course will not cover all the sections of each chapter from the Third Edition of the textbook.


Throughout the term, practice exercises will be posted to the Announcements section. In order to develop your understanding of the course material you must do all assigned problems. These will not be collected for grading and hence will not directly affect your grade. However, it is extremely important that you complete all assigned exercises. Do not memorize them. Rather, learn how to solve problems like them. Learning Mathematics is not a spectacular sport, it is a participatory event. There is nothing like a bit of computation to strengthen understanding in mathematics! Use the Solutions Manual only after you have tried the problem. Successful students must keep up with homework and seek help for points they do not understand as soon as possible. Do not fall behind! It is recommended to read the relevant sections of the textbook before every class. Next to the classes, working out the answers to the problems is the most important preparation for the tests and exam that will contain for the most part but not exclusively, questions very similar to those from the textbook. It is quite practical to work on your own or together in small groups. Each student should do at least two hours of independent study for every lecture hour. The amount you learn in this course and the grade you receive will be proportional to the amount of time you spend working on problems.
Note: Help is also available in the MathStat Lab in South 525 Ross, 10:30 - 3:30, five days a week.

Exams Information

Lecture/Exam Rules:

All internet connected and other distractive electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, head phones, digital dictionaries, CD players, laptops) need to be turned off during class, i.e. during lectures, tutorials, tests and exams. All such devices as well as all books, papers, knapsacks, and briefcases must be left at the front of a lecture hall during tests and exams. Anyone caught with electronic devices will be charged with Academic Dishonesty (see the next page). The only items you may have at your seat during exams and tests are pens, pencils, eraser, student ID and purses. Notes need to be taken manually; use of cellphone cameras in class is not allowed. You are responsible for all material covered in lectures.
Note: Photo identification and signing-in are required at all tests and exams.

Final Grade:

The official grades at York University are LETTER grades. Qualitative descriptions of these grades can be found in the York Calendar at this link. Your test marks will be on a numerical scale because these have to be weighted and averaged in various ways, but THERE IS NO AUTOMATIC PREDETERMINED CORRELATION BETWEEN NUMERICAL GRADES AND LETTER GRADES in this course. In particular, the "numerical" grades you receive are NOT to be interpreted as percentages; they are merely 'raw scores'. When the tests are returned in class, the distribution of 'raw scores' will be announced along with an approximate conversion to letter grades. The median letter grade for the course will likely fall between C and C+.
The composition of the final grade is as follows:
Two Tests (50 minutes each written tests held in lecture periods): 10% each (Tentative dates for the tests: Friday, October 25 of 2013 and Friday, February 28 of 2014);
Midterm Examination
(2-hour exam scheduled by the Registar's Office): 30% of the overall grade, will take place in December 2013, during the examination period;
Final Examination
(3-hour exam scheduled by the Registar's Office): 50% of the overall grade, will take place in April 2014, during the examination period.
Students have five days from the date of the return of test papers to appeal their marks. Some test papers (randomly selected) are photocopied before they are handed back, so we can detect subsequent alterations. Once you have written the both tests and midterm exam, and your final exam grade is higher than your term grade, your final exam will be counted as 60% and the term grade as 40% of your overall grade for the course.

Make-up Policy:

No permission will be given to a student to write tests in advance of their scheduled dates. No make-up will be done for the tests. A missed test will be counted as zero, except under extreme circumstances in which case the corresponding percentage of the overall grade will be "forwarded" to the final exam. If you miss a test for medical reasons you must turn in within one week following the test date the Attending Physician's Statement form provided here after getting it filled in by your doctor. No other type of medical note will be accepted. However, missing tests is extremely dangerous and not recommended. As experience has shown, students who miss class tests because of some 'mysterious illnesses' will usually average 30% on the final exam. Student who misses the final examination will be allowed to write a make-up exam only if both of the following conditions are met:
   1) the student notifies me (raguimov@mathstat.yorku.ca) or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Undergraduate Office, N502/503 Ross Building, 416-736-2100, Ext. 55902 or 33969) in advance that the exam will be missed;
   2) the student submits within one week following the exam date the Attending Physician's Statement form provided here after getting it filled in by his/her doctor.
Students who miss the final examination and do not meet both conditions will receive a grade of F. It is student's responsibility to fill out and submit the Deferred Standing Agreement Form.
Note: Do not make vacation/job plan until the final exam date is known: having a plane ticket for Banff or Hawaii on April 19 is NOT a legitimate excuse for absence from a final exam on April 24.

Religious Observance and Accessibility:

York University is committed to respecting the religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community and making accommodations for observances of special significance to adherents. If any of the dates specified in the course schedule for in-class tests pose such a conflict, students should contact me (raguimov@mathstat.yorku.ca) within the first weeks of classes. Please note that if the final exam date poses a conflict, students must complete the Final Exam Accommodation Form, which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Please note that York University welcomes feedback on accessibility issues. Your feedback may be provided by sending e-mail to: mathstat@yorku.ca

Academic Honesty:

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University Policies and Regulations. Conduct that violates the ethical or legal standards of the university community or of one’s programme or specialization may result in serious consequences. Refer to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Photo identification and signing-in are required at all tests and exams. Also, some test papers (randomly selected) will be photocopied before they are returned so that subsequent alterations can be detected.


Individual questions can be discussed by e-mail or in person after class, or during office hours. Please send all e-mail notes as plain text within the body of the message. Do not send attachments or HTML-formatted mail. No texting, please. Also, if the name of your account is an alias, I will not know who the mail is from unless you sign it; it also risks being accidentally discarded as junk mail. The course web page will be up-dated regularly to include important announcements made in class, such as the material to be covered on the tests. E-mail notes requesting such information contained on the web page will be answered the last.

Links and Other Resources

1-Links to Calculus sites
2-York Undergraduate Math Program
3-Online Forum
4-Local time in Toronto

Questions and comments regarding this web page please send to raguimov@mathstat.yorku.ca

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Last updated April 03, 2014