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MATH 1300 3.0AF (Fall 2011)
Differential Calculus with Applications


This course is designed as the first university-level calculus course, taken by students in such programs as applied mathematics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science. Some other programs have other calculus courses, tailored for their specific needs. If in doubt about what calculus course you should take, consult the instructor. Students normally follow MATH 1300 with a second semester of calculus, namely MATH 1310, Integral Calculus with Applications.

The first half covers material that has been introduced in prerequisite courses (see below), but we do these topics (functions, basic differentiation) in greater depth. Since people are assumed to have been exposed to these topics before, we also go through them fairly quickly. The second half covers more advanced topics from differential calculus, and then goes on to integration.


A high-school course in calculus. Students not having calculus at high school may make it up (or re-take it) at York by enroling in MATH 1520 3.00 or equivalent.

Course Credit Exclusions are: MATH 1000 3.00; MATH 1013 3.00; MATH 1505 6.00, MATH 1513 6.00, MATH 1530 3.00, MATH 1550 6.00, ECON 1530 3.00, GL/MATH/MODR 1930 3.00

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Instructor/Contact Information:

Tom Salisbury Department of Mathematics and Statistics


MWF 9:30-10:20 in Curtis Lecture Hall (CLH) G.

Office hours:

M 11-12, W 2-3

I will try to post a notice on the course webpage if other commitments make it necessary to reschedule one or more office hour. If you need to see me outside these hours, you are welcome to e-mail or call me to try to arrange an appointment.

Math Lab

The Math department drop-in centre is located in S525 Ross. Variously called the Math Lab or the MathStat Lab, it is staffed with TAs who can help you with questions from the course. The hours are subject to change, but the plan is that it will start operation the second week of classes, and will be open throughout the semester from Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. It will be closed during reading week. Hours during the exam period will vary.



Note that the dates given for midterms and quizzes are tentative So as not to weigh grades down if they improve as the course progresses, I will also compute a grade based on the weighting 8%, 12%, 15%, 15%, 50% (respectively) to the above components. Your final grade will be the maximum of the two.

The bulk of the work in the course consists of doing the homework problems, but no credit is earned for that - answers can be found in the text, and solutions in the solution manual. Feedback about written work is provided through the five short assignments, and course knowledge is tested via the quizes, midterms, and final exam.

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