Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics

Instructor: Barbara Forrest


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Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics: Course Notes






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Chapter 1: Sequences and Convergence


A.    Absolute Value and the Triangle Inequality

B.    Introduction to Sequences

C.    Examples of Recursively Defined Sequences

D.    Heron's Algorithm

E.    Subsequences and Tails of Sequences

F.     Limits of Sequences (part 1)

G.    Limits of Sequences (part 2)

H.    Limits of Sequences (part 3)

I.       Divergence to Infinity

J.      Arithmetic for Limits of Sequences(part 1)

K.    Arithmetic for Limits of Sequences (part 2)

L.      Arithmetic for Limits of Sequences (part 3)

M.   Squeeze Theorem for Sequences

N.    Least Upper Bound Property

O.    Monotone Convergence Theorem

P.    Introduction to Series

Q.    Geometric Series

R.     Divergence Test


Chapter 2: Limits and Continuity


A.    Limits of Functions (part 1)

B.    Limits of Functions (part 2)

C.    Uniqueness of Limits

D.    Sequential Characterization of the Limit

E.    Arithmetic Rules for Limits of Functions

F.     One-Sided Limits

G.    Squeeze Theorem for Limits of Functions

H.    Fundamental Trig Limit

I.       Horizontal Asymptotes and Limits at Infinity (part 1)

J.      Horizontal Asymptotes and Limits at Infinity (part 2)

K.    Fundamental Log Limit

L.      Vertical Asymptotes and Infinite Limits

M.   Continuity

N.    Types of Discontinuities

O.    Continuity of Polynomials, Trigonometric Functions, and Exponentials

P.    Arithmetic Rules for Continuity

Q.    Continuity of an Interval

R.     Intermediate Value Theorem

S.    Approximating Roots of a Polynomial

T.      Bisection Algorithm for Approximating Zeros

U.    Extreme Value Theorem

V.    Curve Sketching (part 1)


Chapter 3: Derivatives


A.    Instantaneous Velocity

B.    Derivatives

C.    Derivatives and Continuity

D.    The Derivative Function

E.    Derivatives of the Sine and Cosine Functions

F.     Derivatives of Exponential Functions

G.    Linear Approximation

H.    The Error in Linear Approximation

I.       Linear Approximation Applications

J.      Newton's Method

K.    Arithmetic Rules for Differentiation

L.      Chain Rule

M.   More Trigonometric Derivatives

N.    Inverse Function Theorem

O.    Derivatives of Inverse Trigonometric Functions

P.    Implicit Differentiation

Q.    Extrema

R.     Exponential Growth and Decay (optional)



Chapter 4: The Mean Value Theorem


A.    Mean Value Theorem

B.    Applications of the MVT: Antiderivatives

C.    Applications of the MVT: Increasing Function Theorem

D.    Applications of the MVT: Functions with Bounded Derivatives

E.    Applications of the MVT: Comparing Functions through their Derivatives

F.    Applications of the MVT: Concavity

G.    Applications of the MVT: First Derivative Test

H.    Applications of the MVT: Second Derivative Test

I.     L'Hospital's Rule (part 1)

J.    L'Hospital's Rule (part 2)

K. Curve Sketching (part 2)



Chapter 5: Taylor Polynomials and Taylors Theorem



A.    Taylor Polynomials

B.    Taylor Polynomials: Examples : Part 1

C.    Taylor Polynomials: Examples : Part 2

D.    Taylor's Theorem

E.    Taylor's Approximation Theorem

F.    Big-O Notation

G.    Arithmetic with Big-O Notation: Part 1

H.    Arithmetic with Big-O Notation: Part 2

I.     Big-O Notation: Examples

J.    Big-O Notation: Calculating Taylor Polynomials


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