Course introduction

Course introduction

  • Get organized for the course
  • Welcome, introductions, and class description
  • What’s calculus?
  • What’s a function? A family of functions?
  • Why use computers?

Resources

  • Read Macalester’s document  Which Calculus Class Should You Take?
  • Try to login to piazza. If successful, reply to the post “Introduce yourself” with your own self-introduction
  • Download Mathematica here for use throughout the semester
  • Wolfram Alpha
  • Textbook: 1.2-1.6
  • Suggested problems: 1.2: 15, 29; 1.3: 1; 1.4: 15, 35;  1.5: 43; 1.6: 45.

In class

  • Welcome, introductions, and class description
  • Answer questions about  the course, including placement in calculus
  • Review useful families of functions: linear, exponential, power, trigonometric
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