Calculus I

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Calculus I

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Calculus I (251 - 15320)
    Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
    Semester 1/Fall Semester
    1ST Year Course/Lower Division

    Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results:

    The student should acquire the background in calculus needed to understand and apply concepts and techniques for the solution of problems arising in the different areas of aerospace engineering.

    - To acquire the basic concepts related to real functions and their graphical representations.
    - To understand the formal definition of limit and to learn how to compute indeterminate limits.
    - To learn and apply the basic numerical root-finding methods.
    - To understand the concepts of continuity and differentiation.
    - To understand the Taylor expansion technique and its applications.
    - To understand the concepts of local and global approximation of functions and to be able to solve interpolation problems.
    - To understand the formal definition of integral and to learn basic integration techniques.
    - To be able to apply integration methods to compute lengths, areas, and volumes.
    - To understand the concept of ordinary differential equation and to know basic solution techniques for first order equations.
    - To learn complex numbers and to be able to operate with complex numbers.

    - To be able to handle functions given in terms of a graphical, numerical or analytical description.
    - To understand the concept of differentiation and its practical applications.
    - To understand the concept of definite integral and its practical applications.
    - To understand the relationship between integration and differentiation provided by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

    - To understand the necessity of abstract thinking and formal mathematical proofs.
    - To acquire communicative skills in mathematics.
    - To acquire the ability to model real-world situations mathematically, with the aim of solving practical problems.
    - To improve problem-solving skills.

    Description of contents:

    1) Real numbers. Inequalities. Absolute value. Real functions.
    2) Limits of Functions. Continuity. Differentiation.
    3) Root Finding Methods.
    4) Taylor Expansions. Local Approximations. Graphical representation.
    5) Polynomial interpolation. Global approximation.
    6) Riemann Integral. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Integration techniques. Geometrical Applications of Integration.
    7) First order differential equations.
    8) Complex numbers.

    Learning activities and methodology:

    Assessment System:

    We follow a continuous-assessment system plus a final exam:

    - The continuous-assessment part consists in a written examination contributing with weight 40% to the final mark. The mid-term examination will take place, approximately, at two thirds of the semester and it will be held in regular class hours, according to the current regulations.
    - The final exam (contributing with weight 60% to the final mark) will be held at the end of the semester.

    Basic Bibliography:

    Gilbert Strang. Calculus. Wellesley-Cambridge Press. 1991
    H. ANTON, I. BIVENS and S. DAVIS. Calculus. Early Transcendentals Single Variable. John Wiley & Sons. 2009

    Additional Bibliography:

    J. Stewart. Calculus. Thomson Brooks/Cole. 2009
    Juan de Burgos Román. Cálculo Infinitesimal de una variable. McGraw-Hill. 1994
    R. Larson, R. Hostetler, B. Edwards. Calculus. Houghton-Mifflin. 2006

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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