MATH 165: Calculus for Business




Math 165 is a calculus course intended for those studying business, economics, or other related business majors. The following topics are presented with applications in the business world: functions, graphs, limits, exponential and logarithmic functions, differentiation, integration, techniques and applications of integration, partial derivatives, optimization, and the calculus of several variables. Each textbook section has an accompanying homework set to help the student better understand the material.


Calculus and its Applications, 14th Edition, by Barnett, Ziegler, and Byleen.

MyMathLab access is REQUIRED for this course and the student has the option to purchase the text with MyMathLab or just MyMathLab


A graphing calculator such as the TI-83 and TI-84 (including Plus models) is recommended, while a Scientific Calculator is required, such as a TI-30. TI-89, TI-nSpire Calculators, cell phones or any telecommunication devices are not allowed during exams or quizzes. Sharing calculators is also not allowed.


MATH 110 or a grade of C or better in MATH 121 or appropriate performance on the UIC mathematics placement test or a MATH ACT subscore of 27.


The course grade will be determined by Midterms, Quizzes, Homework Assignments, and the Final Exam shown in the table below. The grading scale of 90%(540 pts) for an A, 80%(480 pts) for a B, 70%(420 pts) for a C, and 60%(360 pts) for a D are guaranteed levels for each letter grade.

Two Midterm Exams 100 points each
Quizzes(best 6 of 8) 120 points total
Homework 80 points total
Final Exam 200 points
Total 600 points


Quizzes (20 points each) will be given throughout the semester and the best six quiz scores will be kept. Since two quizzes are being dropped, there are no make-ups on quizzes.

Quizzes will be given in Discussion classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Quiz dates will be announced in Lecture by your Instructor.


Midterm Exams will be given in the evening for ALL Math 165 lectures.

Midterm 1 is scheduled for 6:00pm-7:15pm on Wednesday, February 27th.

Midterm 2 is scheduled for 6:00pm-7:15pm on Wednesday, April 10th.

Legitimate conflicts, such as Wednesday evening courses, should be discussed with your Instructor as soon as they are known. Make-ups will be scheduled under appropriate circumstances.

The Final Exam is Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

There are NO early makeups for the Final Exam

Peer Tutoring

A peer tutor is on the schedule in SES 3510: TBA

A peer tutor is on the schedule in ETMSW L270: TBA


1 2.1 - 2.3 Limits, One-Sided Limits, Limits at Infinity, Continuity
2 2.3 - 2.5 Average Rates of Change, the Derivative, Basic Differentiation Properties
3 2.6 - 2.7, 3.1 Differentials, Marginal Analysis, Constant e
4 3.2 - 3.4 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithm, Product/Quotient Rules, the Chain Rule
5 3.5 - 3.7 Implicit Differentiation, Related Rates, Elasticity of Demand
6 4.1, Exam 1 Exam #1,
7 4.2 - 4.3 2nd Derivative, L'Hopital's Rule
8 4.4 - 4.5 Graphs of Function, Absolute Minimum and Maximum
9 4.6, 5.1 - 5.2 Optimization, Anti-Derivatives, Definite Integrals, Substitution
10 5.2 - 5.4 Differential Equations, Definite Integral
11 5.5, 6.1 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Area Between Curves
12 6.2, Exam 2 Review, Exam #2 , Applications of Integration for Business and Economics
13 7.1 - 7.3 Functions of Several Variables, Partial Derivatives, Extreme Points/Saddle Points
14 7.3 - 7.4 Multi-Variate Optimization, Constrained Optimization: The Method of Lagrange Multipliers
15 7.4 Lagrange Multipliers, Review
16   Final Exam May 8th


Students with disabilities who require special accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Students who need exam accommodations must contact ODS in the first week of the term to arrange a meeting with a Disability Specialist. Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY).

The student is responsible for presenting the Letter of Accommodation(LOA) to their Instructor in person. Details of how the specific accommodations will be handled will be discussed at that time, NOT in emails.