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 is normally recommended for this course, while calculators capable of symbolic integration such as the Ti-89 or TI-nSpire are prohibited during exams or quizzes, along with cell phones or other telecommunication devices.

In the online course, the difference between calculator models is less important. But in the interests of academic integrity it will become much more important to show and justify your individual work in your own words..


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 depend on the the factors listed in the table below.

Homework 100 points
Lab Sheets 120 points
Content Quizzes 180 points
Final Exam 200 points
Total 600 points

The Grading scale is as follows: Percentage Points Grade 90% 540 A 80% 480 B 70% 420 C 60% 360 D

These are the percentages which guarantee the corresponding letter grade, but the professor reserves the right to be more lenient than this.


Homework is done in the required MyLabs system. You should think of the homework as primarily being a way to prepare for the Content Quizzes. The homework will generally be due around the date of the corresponding content quiz. Due dates are typically set for


Roughly two problems sets will be worked on each week (12 for the term) related to your Tuesday - Thursday discussion. This will involve both individual assignments which you turn into Gradescope and group work/presentations. . Others will be group assignments involving where you presentations.


6 Content Quizzes (30 points each) will be given throughout the semester (which will be submitted through Gradescope).


The Final Exam is Friday August 9, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 pm

There are NO early makeups for the Final Exam

Office Hours

An open session on BlackBoard Collaborate can be found for students from any lecture of Math 165 to locate the Instructors and TAs for Math 165.

Peer Tutoring


1 2.1 - 2.3 Limits, One-Sided Limits, Limits at Infinity, Continuity
1.5 2.3 - 2.5 Average Rates of Change, the Derivative, Basic Differentiation Properties
2 2.6 - 2.7, 3.1 Differentials, Marginal Analysis, Constant e
2.5 3.2 - 3.4 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithm, Product/Quotient Rules, the Chain Rule
3 3.5 - 3.7 Implicit Differentiation, Related Rates, Elasticity of Demand
3.5 4.1, Exam 1 Exam #1,
4 4.2 - 4.3 2nd Derivative, L'Hopital's Rule
4.5 4.4 - 4.5 Graphs of Function, Absolute Minimum and Maximum
5 4.6, 5.1 - 5.2 Optimization, Anti-Derivatives, Definite Integrals, Substitution
5.5 5.2 - 5.4 Differential Equations, Definite Integral
6 5.5, 6.1 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Area Between Curves
6.5 6.2, Exam 2 Review, Exam #2 , Applications of Integration for Business and Economics
7 7.1 - 7.3 Functions of Several Variables, Partial Derivatives, Extreme Points/Saddle Points
7.5 7.3 - 7.4 Multi-Variate Optimization, Constrained Optimization: The Method of Lagrange Multipliers
8 7.4 Lagrange Multipliers, Review
8.5   Final Exam August 9th


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.