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  • Allow your students to effortlessly switch among visual, numerical, and algebraic representations of calculus concepts.
  • Shift emphasis from manipulative skills to fundamental calculus ideas.
  • Improve students’ engagement (as well as concept understanding and retention) by exploring more realistic problems earlier.
  • Communicate mathematical ideas using a single script that includes explanatory text, formulas, pictures, as well as MATLAB commands, outputs and graphics.
  • Use powerful symbolic and numerical routines that don’t stand in the way of mathematical thinking.
  • Allow your students to easily check results, formulate, test and revise their own hypothesis.
  • Allow students to discover calculus truths on their own using inductive as well as deductive reasoning.
  • Introduce your students to world-class mathematical software that will help them throughout their studies and careers, thereby increasing their success with calculus and math.

Some Benefits of Using Computation in Calculus Courses:

Research shows that the thoughtful inclusion of computation in calculus courses (Murphy, 2006) provides a dynamic, hands-on, learning environment (Vasquez, 2015), promotes concept understanding (Awang, Zakaria, 2013, Leng et. al. 2009), keeps students engaged (Colonna, Easley, 2011), and increases their competence and confidence (Merriweather, Tharp, 1999).


Course Materials:

Essential Calculus 1 lectures with MATLAB: an example (download):

Calculus 1 at Texas A&M University (symbolic):

Calculus 2 at Texas A&M University (symbolic):

Calculus 1 at University of Maryland (symbolic):

Other Calculus course materials (numerical):





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