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Author:Five Colleges, Inc.
Description: These calculus textbooks draw on computer technology to emphasize concepts over techniques, geometry over algebra, graphs over formulas, brute force over elegance, and numerical solutions over closed-form solutions. The authors of these calculus textbooks, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hampshire, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, "believe that much of the mathematical depth and vitality of calculus lies in connections to other sciences. The mathematical questions that arise are compelling in part because the answers matter to other disciplines.... If calculus is to emerge organically in the minds of the larger student population, a way must be found to involve that population in a spectrum of scientific and mathematical questions. Hence, calculus in context. Moreover, those contexts must be understandable to students with no special scientific training, and the mathematical issues they raise must lead to the central ideas of the calculus -- to differential equations, in fact." Download PDFs by chapter or volume. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the New England Consortium for Undergraduate Science Education (NECUSE), and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Levels: College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Textbooks
Math Topics: Calculus (Single Variable), Calculus (Multivariable), Differential Equations, Sciences
Math Ed Topics: Calculus Reform

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