MCS 119: Calculus with Pre-calculus Review I (Spring 2014)

Suggestions for Studying for Exam 1


The first exam will cover the material cover the material in chapters 1-9 and parts of 10, with an emphasis on the material we've done this semester. A good way to study for this quiz is to try doing some of the review problems at the end of each chapter.

You may use your calculator as long as it is a TI83/84 Plus or TI83/84 Plus Silver Edition, or has similar capabilities. You may not use a TI/89 on the exam. If you have a calculator other than a TI83/84 Plus or TI83/84 Plus Silver Edition, please talk with me.

You may prepare a 3x5 handwritten card of notes to use on the exam. Additionally, we will provide a page of important formulas from geometry that you might need

You will be tested on your ability to:

  • Find derivatives by using the definition, the shortcut rules, or implicit differentiation.
  • Find and use the local linearization of a function.
  • Use the Mean Value Theorem.
  • Solve a related rates problem.
  • Solve an equation that has exponential or logarithmic functions.
  • Solve a modeling problem that uses exponential or logarithmic models.
  • Find the maximum and minimum values of a function.

You should be able to:

  • Factor polynomials
  • Use exponent rules to simplify expressions
  • Solve linear and quadratic equations
  • Simplify complex fractions
  • Understand functions
  • Use your calculator to graph functions and to find values of functions

Students who have taken MCS118/119 in the past suggest that the best ways to study are:

  • Study frequently, in small doses.
  • Do the homework every night.
  • Go to class, pay attention, and ask questions.
  • Read the text sections to be covered before and after class.
  • Use office hours and tutors.