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Math 240 - Calculus for Business & Social Science - Brandon Hilst

Course:Calculus for Business & Social Science
Professor:Brandon Hilst
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


This is a face-to-face course that meets at the Valencia campus.  There is a Canvas page available for this course where students can access the syllabus, announcements, lecture notes, and grades.  However, all coursework (including homework, group work, and exams) must be submitted on paper and in person.  No online submissions are permitted.

Course Description

Presents a study of the techniques of calculus with emphasis placed on the application of these concepts to business and management-related problems. The applications of derivatives and integrals of functions including polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions are studied.

What to Expect in this Course

During the lecture, new material will be presented by the instructor.  The lecture notes presented in class will be made available in Canvas after each class meeting.  At the end of each class meeting, a daily group work assignment will be given which must be completed and submitted during class time.

There will be four exams given throughout the semester, plus a cumulative final exam on the last day of the term.  Homework from the textbook is also assigned and must be submitted on paper the same day as the exams.

Types of Assessments

Assessments will include daily group work assignments, homework assignments, four exams covering 1-2 chapters each, and a cumulative final exam on the last day the course meets.

Textbook Information

"Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences: a Brief Approach," by S.T. Tan (10th edition), ISBN: 9781285464640.  Please note that this is *not* a ZTC textbook, so purchasing or renting a copy will be necessary.

Other Relevant Course Information

Students enrolled in the course must make sure to be in attendance the first day the class meets.  Failure to do so may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who are waitlisted for the course must also come to the first class meeting.  The instructor will provide add authorizations if space is available. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 12/12/2023 Sub#: 191