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Business Calculus I MAT 135

Instructor: Dr. Manizheh Nafari

Office: Lewis 1653 (Loop Campus), SAC 530c (Lincoln Campus)
Individual Office hours: MW 9-9:50 am, MW 11:50 am 12:50 pm (Loop Campus)
Tuesday 4:40-5:40 pm (Lincoln Campus) or by appointment
(Please email me to set appointment).
Class Meetings: MW 10:10 am-11:40 am

Prerequisite: Completion of Mathematics 130 or adequate performance on the

Mathematics Diagnostic Test. Prerequisites are strictly enforced by the Math
Department. A prerequisite can only be waived with the approval of the instructor and
the department chair.

Text: Calculus for Business, Economics, Social and Life Sciences, by R. Barnett , M.
Ziegler and K. Byleen 12th edition. Fourth Special Edition for DePaul University.

Other materials: Students are required to have a graphing calculator. The TI-83/84
is highly recommended, but other graphing calculators are also acceptable.
Learning outcomes:
MAT 135 is part of the Scientific Inquiry Domain. This course will focus on the
following learning outcomes:
Students will understand and demonstrate mastery of the major principles
guiding modern mathematical thought.
Students will learn to use mathematics as the basic tool for formalizing scientific
inquiry and quantifying nature, the sciences, the social sciences, and modern
Students will demonstrate mastery of both the mathematical content and scientific
applications presented in the course.
Students will understand and appreciate the role of mathematics as the fundamental
language of science and modern technology.
Students will apply mathematical content and models to a variety of disciplines
including business, life sciences and social sciences.
Writing requirements:
The problem sets in this course require mathematical exposition as well as
interpretations of calculus concepts and statements of conclusions based on algebraic,
graphical and numerical results.

Grading policy:
Course grades will be weighted among the following
Attendance (daily)


Homework Quizzes (Wednesdays)
Midterm Exam (Wednesday April 30)
Final Exam (Monday June 9, 8:45 am 11 am)


Homework format:
I expect all homework submissions to be neat and clean, with multiple pages stapled in the
upper-left corner (no paperclips or folded corners), and with all sprockets removed
(i.e., if you tear a sheet of paper out of a spiral notebook, then you must remove the
ragged edge). Submissions that do not meet these basic requirements will be penalized.

You should strive to write clear, concise, easy-to-follow explanations. Homework, quiz,
and exam scores will be based on what you wrote, not on what you meant.
You need to turn in your homework at the beginning of the class.
Homework Quizzes:
We will have a short in-class quiz Wednesdays. The quiz problems will be very similar
to problems from the previous weeks homework assignment, and will often be identical
to solved exercises from the textbook. You will not be allowed the use of notes or the
textbook during the homework quiz.
There will be no makeup homework quizzes, though your lowest quiz score will be
We will have a 90-minute in-class exam on Wednesday April 30, and a comprehensive
final exam. The exam dates and times are firm and cannot be changed except under
extraordinary circumstances (usually requiring verifiable documentation). Travel plans
do not constitute extraordinary circumstances.
Attendance and Participation:
I expect all students to attend each class, and to be actively engaged in class. This includes
coming to class on-time and prepared, asking and answering questions, working on
classwork activities, and participating in class discussions. Your active participation

will help you to better understand the course material, and will help improve your
ability to communicate mathematical ideas in a clear and technically correct manner.
If you need to miss class for a university-sponsored activity, a medical illness, or a
personal emergency, please contact me to explain, before the missed class if possible,
and definitely before the next class period. If you must miss class, then it is your
responsibility to find out what was missed. In my experience, students who miss class
often, or who do not attempt to actively participate in each class period, tend not to do
well in the course.
I expect you to exhibit behavior that is respectful of your classmates. This includes
remaining awake and alert, refraining from cell phone or laptop use (unless such use is
an integral part of the current class activity), and refraining from other actions that might
be distracting to your classmates. If you must arrive to class late or leave class early,
please notify me in advance, and then sit on an aisle to minimize disruption.
DePaul University is a learning community that fosters the pursuit of knowledge and the
transmission of ideas within a context that emphasizes a sense of responsibility for
oneself, for others and for society at large. Violations of academic integrity, in any of
their forms, are, therefore, detrimental to the values of DePaul, to the students own
development as responsible members of society, and to the pursuit of knowledge and the
transmission of ideas. Violations include but are not limited to the following categories:
cheating; plagiarism; fabrication; falsification or sabotage of research data; destruction or
misuse of the universitys academic resources; alteration or falsification of academic
records; and academic misconduct. Conduct that is punishable under the Academic
Integrity Policy could result in additional disciplinary actions by other university
officials and possible civil or criminal prosecution.
Please refer to your Student Handbook or visit for further details.


Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability
should contact me privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussion will remain
confidential. To ensure that you receive the most reasonable accommodation based on
your needs, contact me as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first
week or two of the course) and be sure to contact the following office for support and

additional services:
Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) in Lincoln Park
Campus Student Center Suite 370
Center for Students with Disabilties (CSD) in the Loop Campus
Lewis Center 1420