Calculus at Xavier
We offer two different Calculus courses at Xavier University, both of which
focus on concepts and an intuitive understanding of differentiation and integration
(rather than on formula memorization).
MATH 150 (Elements of Calculus) is a 3 credit calculus course which does not use trigonometry or limits. The text is currently Calculus Concepts by Latorre, Kenelly et. al. Many students who take MATH 150 do not take a second semester of calculus, but MATH 151 is required for Psychology majors and available for those students who wish to learn more calculus.
MATH 170 (Calculus I) is a 4 credit course which is required for the mathematics major. It is also required for majors in chemistry, applied chemistry, computer science, physics, applied physics, teaching life sciences and chemistry, teaching life sciences and physics, and teaching physical sciences. The text is currently Calculus from Graphical, Numerical, and Symbolic Points of View by Ostebee and Zorn, and Maple (a symbolic algebra program) is used to aid in visualization and messy calculation. MATH 170 is followed by MATH 171 (Calculus II) and MATH 220 (Calculus III).