An Introduction to Calculus 1 & 2

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Two of the most popular courses from the BYU Independent Study university catalog are the companion courses Calculus 1 (MATH 112) and Calculus 2 (MATH 113). These courses form the foundation for advanced mathematics at the university level.

Contrary to popular belief, math, and particularly calculus, are relevant and applicable in numerous professions—some might even surprise you!

Calculus is used in all types of engineering. For example, integral and differential calculus are critical for calculating voltage or current through a capacitor in electrical engineering. Civil and structural engineers rely on calculus to consider beams, tension, and compression, among other factors in designing bridges, buildings, roads, etc.

Examples of real-world calculus populate the fields of computer science, medicine, pharmacology, business, research, data analytics, and even music. Perhaps more importantly, gaining a working knowledge of calculus teaches reasoning and logic, which can benefit students in every profession.

The study of calculus provides

  • understanding of essential concepts, such as limits, derivatives, and integrals
  • preparation and prerequisite work for math, science, engineering, and education majors
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • fulfillment of your quantitative reasoning requirement

Don't miss this opportunity to build a strong calculus foundation, opening doors to exciting academic and career prospects.

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