Calculus: Newton Meets Technology

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Project DIRACC: Developing and Investigating a Rigorous Approach to Conceptual Calculus

Patrick W. Thompson, Mark Ashbrook

(c) 2016 All rights reserved

A Work in Progress

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About Project DIRACC



Chapter One: Infinitely Small and Infinitely Large Quantities

1.0 Installing Graphing Calculator
1.1 Large and Small Quantities
1.2 Large and Small are Relative
1.3 Large Changes are Made of Tiny Changes
1.4 Infinitely Small and Large Quantities
1.5 Constant rate of change

Chapter Two: Trigonometric Functions

2.1 A Graph You've Surely Seen
2.2 The Meaning of x in y = sin(x)
2.3 Positive and Negative Angle Measures
2.4 Angle Measures Greater than 2π or less than -2π
2.5 The Meaning of y in y = sin(x)
2.6 The Tangent Function in Trigonometry
2.7 The Meaning of x and y in y = tan(x)
2.8 Properties of Trigonometric Functions

Chapter Three: Functions, Variables, and Graphs

3.1  Variables, Constants, and Parameters
3.2  Graphing Calculator (GC)
3.3  Using Graphing Calculator
3.4  Typing Mathematical Statements in GC
3.5  What is a Graph?
3.6  How GC Draws Graphs
3.7  Real Numbers
3.8  Complex Numbers
3.9  Coordinate Systems
3.10  Functions
3.11  Function Notation
3.12  Using Function Notation
3.13  Function Notation and Mathematical Models
3.14  Independent Variable vs. Argument of Function
3.15  Constant Rate of Change & Linear Functions
3.16  Operations on Functions
3.17  Properties of Functions
3.18  Inverse of a Function
3.19  Transformations of Graphs: An Application of Inverse Functions
3.20  Zooming a Graph

Chapter Four: Rate of Change Functions

4.1  Constant Rate of Change
4.2  Differentials as Linear Functions
4.3  Differentials in Action
4.4  Rate of Change at a Moment
4.5  How Small is “Small Enough”?
4.6  Functions Having a Value At Which There Is No Rate of Change at a Moment
4.7  Wrinkly Functions
4.8  Infinitely Wrinkly Functions Having No Rate of Change at Any Moment
4.9  Exact Rate of Change Functions

Chapter Five: Accumulation from Rate of Change

5.1  Introduction to Accumulation Functions
5.2  Approximate Net Accumulation Functions from Exact Rate of Change Functions
5.3  Exact Net Accumulation Functions from Exact Rate of Change Functions
5.4  Overview of Accumulation from Rate

Chapter Six: Rate of Change from Accumulation

6.1  Approximate Rate of Change in Open Form from Exact Accumulation in Closed Form
6.2  Closed Form Rate of Change from Closed Form Accumulation
6.3  A Garden of Exact Rate of Change Functions
6.4  Big Assumptions That We Made
6.5  The Mean Value Theorem

Chapter Seven: Using Rate of Change Functions and their Properties

7.1  Properties of Rate of Change Functions and What They Tell Us
7.2  Higher Order Rate of Change Functions
7.3  Optimization
7.4  Related Rates
7.5  Local Linearity, Indeterminate Forms, and L'Hospital
7.6  More Fundamental Theorem of Calculus -- in Contexts

Chapter Eight: More on Integrals

8.0 Review of Terms and Meanings
8.1 The Nature of Integral Problems and Ways to Approach Them
8.2 Applications of Integrals in the Sciences and Social Sciences
8.3 Areas of Regions
8.4 Volumes of Revolution
8.5 Arc length

Chapter Nine:Techniques of Integration

9.1 Rate of Change Functions, Accumulation Functions, and Antiderivatives
9.2 Integration by Parts
9.3 Antiderivatives involving Trigonometric Functions
9.4 Antideriviates by Partial Fractions

Chapter 10: Sequences and Series

10.0 Introduction to Sequences and Series
10.1 New Perspectives on Approximating Accumulation Functions from Rate of Change Functions
10.2 Sequences, Series, and Convergence: Zooming in on the idea of a sequence of values that approximate a value of a function
10.3 Zooming out on the idea of a function whose values approximate the values of another function