Back to NCTM San Diego: Calc Reform

This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.

This workshop will feature highlights of NCSSM's Contemporary Calculus through Applications course, which is centered around lab projects that use graphing calculators, thus providing students with an applications-oriented, investigative calculus course. In this session participants will explore graphical and numerical approaches to derivatives, numerical solutions to differential equations, and curve fitting with unknown parameters. For example, we will share the lab activities that help students discover derivatives and discover the first and second derivative tests for extreme values. Other labs that will be explored include Euler's method and predator/prey models. We will also discuss open-ended group projects appropriate for calculus students.Julie L. Graves (No. Carolina School of Science & Math, Durham, NC)

Dot Doyle (No. Carolina School of Science & Math, Durham, NC)

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