This text is designed for the one-term calculus course taken by students in business, economics, management and the social, biological and environmental sciences. Some knowledge of intermediate algebra is assumed. In courses where college algebra is the prerequisite, much of Chapter One may be omitted. For students that need additional work in algebra, an algebra review is provided in Appendix A. Since the students this book addresses aspire to become users of mathematics rather than makers of mathematics, this text includes few mathematical proofs. The author introduces a deducible statement through a concrete situation that either illustrates the statement or involves steps that parallel those in a general proof. The focus is on problem-solving and the author includes exercise sets so that the student can practise these skills. Exercise sets include problems that ask the student to discuss, write, explore and use technology. Many sections include graphing calculator problems and a few of these sections contain subsections that serve as a basis for the problems. These problems are clearly identified with an icon.
In addition, this book integrates nine BASIC computer language programs. The sections where these programs appear also include problems that take advantage of the computer.