21-118: Calculus of Approximation

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In previous courses of the calculus sequence, functions were dealt with just as they were presented. As a result, all of the answers obtained were exact. Sometimes, however, an approximate answer is all that is needed.

In Calculus of Approximation, we investigate techniques that may be used when an exact answer is not necessary. There are two issues involved here. The first is finding a convenient way to approximate the desired information. The second is measuring the errors we create by our approximations. We will deal with both of these topics in this course.


The text for this course is Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Fourth Edition by James Stewart.


Dr. David Handron (Sec. 14: 9:30 MWF, PH 100)(Sec 24: 10:30 MWF, DH 2210)
Office:WEH 6102
Telephone: 268-3546
Office Hours: 9:30-11:00 TuTh, or by appointment.

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Dr. Tim Flaherty (9:30 TuTh, DH 1211)(10:30 TuTh, BH 235A)
Office:WEH 6101
Office Hours (in WEH 6101): 3:30-6:00 MW, 3:30-5:00 F
Office Hours (in Old Student Cntr 125): 2:15-4:45 TuTh, or by appointment.

Matthew Jackson (8:30 TuTh, Old Student Cntr 200)(10:30 TuTh, PH A21)

Office:Physical Plant Building 342
Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 TuTh, 11:30-12:00 TuTh

Steven E. Pav (12:30 TuTh, Old Student Cntr 200)(1:30 TuTh, Old Student Cntr 203)

Office:WEH 7211
Office Hours: 2:30-3:20 M, 11:30-12:20 W

Cristina Popovici (3:30 TuTh, SH 324)(4:30 TuTh, BH 235A)

Office:Physical Plant Building 342
Office Hours: 4:30-6:30 M

Juan Vera (8:30 TuTh HBH 1003)(9:30 TuTh, Old Student Cntr 200)

Office: Physical Plant Building 342
Office Hours: 2:00-3:00 TuTh

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