Checking date: 19/12/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Calculus I
Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (Plan: 419 - Estudio: 257)

Coordinating teacher: LAMPO , ANIELLO

Department assigned to the subject: Mathematics Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

a. To understand the concept of real number and its implications, mainly the concept of limit. b. To understand and manipulate series of real numbers. c. To identify functions, their dependence on variables and their basic properties (monotony, parity, continuity, differentiability). d. To master the basic operations of Calculus: limits, derivatives, integrals and Taylor expansions. e. To interpret the derivative as rate of variation of a function, and the integral as an area. f. To understand the Taylor polynomial as the best polynomial local approximation for a sufficiently smooth function, and to apply that approximation to simple cases. g. To be able to graph simple functions. h. To be able to solve simple optimization problems.
Skills and learning outcomes
RA1: Acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic general fundamentals of engineering and biomedical sciences. RA2: Be able to solve basic engineering and biomedical science problems through a process of analysis, identifying the problem, establishing different methods of resolution, selecting the most appropriate one and its correct implementation. CB1: Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study. CB2: Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CG1: Adequate knowledge and skills to analyse and synthesise basic problems related to engineering and biomedical sciences, solve them and communicate them efficiently. CG3: Knowledge of basic scientific and technical subjects that enables them to learn new methods and technologies, as well as providing them with great versatility to adapt to new situations. CG4: Ability to solve problems with initiative, decision-making, creativity, and to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities, understanding the ethical, social and professional responsibility of the biomedical engineer's activity. Capacity for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. CG8: Ability to solve mathematical, physical, chemical and biochemical problems that may arise in biomedical engineering. CG12: Ability to solve mathematically formulated problems applied to biology, physics and chemistry, using numerical algorithms and computational techniques. ECRT1: Ability to solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering and biomedicine. Ability to apply knowledge of: linear algebra; geometry; differential and integral calculus; differential and partial derivative equations; numerical methods; numerical algorithms; statistics and optimisation. CT1: Ability to communicate knowledge orally and in writing to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
Description of contents: programme
Part I: Real Numbers and Functions Chapter 1: The Real Line 1.1 Ordered Fields 1.2 Number Systems 1.3 Absolute value, bounds, and intervals Chapter 4: Real Functions 2.1 Definition and basic concepts 2.2 Elementary functions 2.3 Operations with functions Part II: Sequences and Series Chapter 3: Sequences 3.1 Sequences of real numbers 3.2 Limit of a sequence 3.3 Number e 3.4 Indeterminacies 3.5 Asymptotic comparison of sequences Chapter 4: Series 4.1 Series of real numbers 4.2 Series of nonnegative terms 4.3 Alternating series 4.4 Telescopic series Part III: Differential Calculus Chapter 5: Limit of a Function 5.1 Concept and definition 5.2 Algebraic properties 5.3 Asymptotic comparison of functions Chapter 6: Continuity 6.1 Definition, properties, and continuity of elementary functions 6.2 Discontinuities 6.3 Continuous functions in closed intervals Chapter 7: Derivatives 7.1 Concept and definition 7.2 Algebraic properties 7.3 Derivatives and local behaviour Chapter 8: Taylor expansions 8.1 Asymptotic comparison of functions 8.2 Taylor¿s polynomial 8.3 Calculating limits 8.4 Remainder and Taylor¿s theorem 8.5 Taylor series 8.6 Numerical approximations 8.7 Local behaviour of functions 8.8 Function graphing Part IV: Integral Calculus Chapter 9: Primitives 9.1 Integration by parts 9.2 Primitives of rational functions 9.3 Change of variable Chapter 10: Fundamental Theorem of Calculus 10.1 Riemann¿s integral 10.2 Properties of the integral 10.3 Riemann¿s sums 10.4 Fundamental theorem of calculus Chapter 11: Geometric Applications of Integrals 11.1 Area of flat figures 11.2 Area of flat figures in polar coordinates 11.3 Volumes 11.4 Length of curves
Learning activities and methodology
The methodology will be the usual one for classes in the classroom, writing on the blackboard, with the occasional help of some resources on-line to illustrate some graphic or computational aspects of the course. Also, the classroom notes will be uploaded in Aula Global at the end of each chapter, along with the problem sheets that will be solved and discussed in the small groups.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • J. Stewart. Single variable calculus: early transcendentals. Brooks-Cole . 1999
  • R. Larson, R.P. Hostetler & B.H. Edwards. Calculus. Brooks-Cole. 2005
  • S.L. Salas, G.J. Etgen & E. Hille. Calculus: One and Several Variables. Wiley. 2006
Additional Bibliography
  • H. Anton, I.R.L. Bivens and S. Davis. Calculus: Early Transcendentals . Wiley. 2012
  • J. Stewart and T. Day. Biocalculus. Calculus for Life Sciences. Cengage Learning. 2015
  • T.M. Apostol. Calculus vol. 1. Wiley. 1991

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