Calculus I
"If I have seen a little farther than others
it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."
- Isaac Newton

Calculus has applications in physics, chemistry, biology, economics, and business. If you need calculus for work or school, this class will give you the tools to succeed.

The course emphasizes problem-solving techniques and their application. We will cover differential calculus, including the following topics:

- limits
- continuity
- derivatives
- maximum/minimum and optimization
- the chain rule
- implicit differentiation
- related rates
- higher derivatives

By the end of the class, you will be able to model a variety of real-world problems and solve them.

This class, together with Calculus II, completes the equivalent of a first-year calculus class. Together, they also cover the topics of the College Board's AP Calculus AB test. Calculus I consists of ten self-study units with readings and assignments. The required text for the class is Schaum's Outline Theory and Problems of Beginning Calculus. Register for the class at LearnOnline.

To get the most from this class, you need a solid background in algebra and analytic geometry; trigonometry is not required for Calculus I.

What students have said:

"I could work at my own pace with guidance. Dr. Lombardi was very helpful and patient."

"I was extremely impressed with this experience, from beginning to end. I began not quite not knowing how my first online class experience would turn out. Dr. Lombardi proved to be a true mentor, who would never fail to respond to my questions, whatever they might be, in a prompt and thoughtful fashion."

"I liked taking a class in higher math. It's an area I had problems with in college and unfortunately still had some problem completing. But in this case I feel I learned more than I did in my old college days."

"I totally enjoyed the class in spite of all the problems I had. It still re-awakened an interest for me to continue to study math."

"I like the way the course was presented and also the assignments. I also liked the concern from Mr. Lombardi always following through each assignment making sure that I will understand each problem. Based in my past experience in previous Calculus classes a while ago at college, I felt very comfortable knowing that with this course I will be able to keep at par with any other course in the same field. Is not an easy course, is a very challenging one and I like that."


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