Exam Analysis: MATA32 – Calculus for Management I
1. TEST BREAKDOWN
The MATA32 term test generally covers 3 main topics:
Differentiation (derivatives & applications, excluding implicit & logarithmic
differentiation, Newton’s Method, and higher-order derivatives)
The test is usually 120 minutes (2 hours) in length, consisting of 2 parts as follows:
A) Multiple Choice Questions
ousually 7-8 questions which test your understanding of key concepts
and/or involve straight-forward calculations (e.g. direct calculations of
limits or derivatives)
ooften 3-4 of the questions are on Financial Mathematics (calculation-
B) Full Solution Problems
ooften 5-6 questions, each of which have multiple parts (a, b, c, d, etc.)
oalmost all the questions are calculation-based (both direct calculations
2. TEST STATISTICS
Frequency of Term Test Topics
N1mberof Questions Differentiation
Winter Fall Winter Fall Winter Fall
2013 2012 2012 2011 2011 2010
3. TOPIC SUMMARIES
All sections and pages cited refer to the course textbook, Introductory Mathematical
Analysis, 13 ed. by Haeussler, Paul, & Wood.
< KNOWLEDGE SUMMARY >
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Compound Interest (§5.1)
For an original principal of money P, the formula gives the compound
(or accumulated) amount S at the end of n interest periods at the periodic rate of
; APR: annual percentage rate (or nominal rate), N: number of interest periods
1. : time in years
2. Compound interest:
The effective rate is given by:
Present Value (§5.2)
If we know the future value of an investment (accumulated amount), we may need to
find its present value (principal amount).
Equations of Value: (sum of present values of future payments)
Net Present Value: (cash flows minus initial investment)
Interest Compounded Continuously (§5.3)
Let . We have the following equations:
Compound Amount under Continuous Interest:
Effective Rate under Continuous Interest:
Annuities (§5.4) & (§5.5, p. 228)
Annuity: any finite sequence of payments made at fixed periods of time over a given
interval (called the term).
We only consider fixed periods of time that are of equal length, and refer to that length
of time as the payment period.
If n payments (each of amount R) occur at times , we speak of an ordinary
annuity. (Unless otherwise specified, we may assume an annuity is ordinary.) If they
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occur at times , we speak of an annuity due. One main difference between
these types of annuities is that an ordinary annuity’s payments are at the end of each
payment period, while those of an annuity due are at the beginning.
Present Value of Annuities:
Future Value of Annuities:
The (provisional) definition of a limit is given on p. 461.
Define functions .
Basic Algebraic Limits
1. (Constant Law)
2. (Constant Multiple Law)
3. (Sum/Difference Law)
4. (Product Law)
5. (Quotient Law)
6. (Absolute Value Law)
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Basic Substitution Property: For all points in the domain of a polynomial or rational
function , .
See p. 469 for a discussion of 1-sided and infinite limits.
Relation between 1-sided and 2-sided limits:
Limits at infinity are discussed on p. 471. N.B.: For , .
1. Let . If , then DNE.