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 SCI 111 - Calculus for Scientists


Mathematics is the language used to grasp understanding of, to explore, and to gain insight in any of the sciences; physics, chemistry, biology, and so forth, cannot be well understood or appreciated without sufficient skills in mathematics. (This is the main reason why this course is mandatory for Science majors.) A language such as English is rich enough to describe and to explain a great many things in life, but it is not exact enough to explain the consequences of, for instance, fundamental physical laws. Mathematics, on the other hand, is an exact language with a unique meaning and with well defined rules, which allow for exploring and explaining the world around us in a quantitative manner. 

Mathematics is more than just a set of specific tricks with numbers without any context or meaning, on the contrary, mathematics is the generalization of many phenomena in nature and society that can be described and solved in the same manner: the same equations have the same solutions. The aim of this introductory course in the mathematics track is to learn ​basic widely-used mathematical techniques, such as differentiation, various techniques for integration, complex numbers, differential and difference equations, and matrix algebra. These techniques are put into context in projects related to real situations in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, economy, sociology, etc. In this course we will continue to construct knowledge on the mathematical basis you have al ready founded.


Dr. Joseph Resovsky, Dr. Richard van den Doel, Dr. Leo de Wit




​Advanced high school mathematics; knowledge, understanding and practical experience (from Wiskunde B12 or equivalent mathematics courses) is necessary to be successful in this course. Students with a deficiency in mathematics are strongly encouraged to prepare for this course in advance. 

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following course:

  • SCI 121 Introduction to Physics and Chemistry 
  • SCI 211 Mathematical Methods 
  • SCI 212 Theory of Statistics and Data Analysis 
  • SCI 221 Electromagnetism 
  • SCI 312 Advanced Mathematics

This course is an alternative requirement for the following courses:

  • SSC 263 Microeconomics & Behavior
  • SSC 266 International Macroeconomics
  • SSC 363 Money, Banking and Finance
  • SSC 366 Econometrics