MATH1520C - University Mathematics for Applications - 2020/21

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  • Readings for Week 1: [HBSP] A.1-2; 4.1-2; 8.1.
  • Final Exam Instructions: Read immediately and make proper advance preparations! [Download file]

General Information


  • Prof. Yi-Jen LEE
    • Office: AB1 412
    • Tel: 39433715
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: via Zoom (see Blackboard for link), Wednesdays 8pm or by appointment

Teaching Assistant

  • Ms. Yan Wa Clara CHUNG
    • Office: AB1 407A
    • Tel: 3943 3721
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: via Zoom (see Blackboard for link), Wednesdays 8pm or by appointment
  • Mr. Yu Tung Tony YAU
    • Office: AB1 505
    • Tel: 3943 4298
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: via Zoom (see Blackboard for link), Wednesdays 8pm or by appointment

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tue 10:30am-12:15pm; Thur 1:30-2:15pm; see Blackboard for Zoom link
  • Tutorial: Tue & Thur 12:30-1:15pm; see Blackboard for Zoom links

Course Description

This course is intended to provide students with a fundamental account of the basic results and theorems of calculus. Topics include: function, limit, continuity; rules of differentiation, maxima, minima, rate of change, applications; basic methods of integration and area; ordinary differential equation; and probabilities.

Class Rules: 1. Full arguments must be given in all quizzes and exams. Write in complete sentences. Correct answers without proper justification will not be credited. Partial credits will be given for correct intermediate steps. No calculators in exams or quizzes. All numbers should be expressed in an exact way: E.g. write 1/3 instead of 0.333...; \pi instead of 3.14159...

2. With the advance approval of both TAs, you may attend the other tutorial section instead of your registered one in case of a time conflict. Missed quizzes with adequate justification (certificate from a doctor) can be excused, but no make-up quizzes will be given.

3. Homeworks will be posted weekly on WeBWorK by Friday; due (usually) by Friday the following week. A tutorial session consists of 25 minutes of questions and answers, doing examples, followed by a 20 minutes quiz.


  • Lecture Notes (based on previous semesters')


  • [HBSP] Laurence D. Hoffmann, Gerald L. Bradley, Dave Sobecki, Michael Price, Applied Calculus for Business, Economics, and the Social and Life Sciences (available for online reading from CUHK library; VPN connection required if not on CUHK network)
  • [BZB] Raymond A. Barnett, Michael R. Ziegler, Karl E. Byleen, Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. McGraw-Hill

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Class Notes

Tutorial Notes

  • Available from Blackboard, together with recordings.


  • Solutions to the quizzes are available from Blackboard

Assessment Scheme

Weekly Homework via WeBWork 10%
(almost weekly) Quizzes (20 minutes) in Tutorials 20%
Midterm Exam (45 minutes, in class on Feb 25) 25%
Final Exam:10 May 2021 (Monday) 15:30-17:00 45%

Useful Links

Honesty in Academic Work

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and thereby help avoid any practice that would not be acceptable.

Assessment Policy

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