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Active Prelude to Calculus
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Active Prelude to Calculus is designed as a college-level preparatory text for students who aspire to take calculus and who either need to take a course to prepare them for calculus or want to do some additional self-study. In particular, the text is intended as an appropriate prerequisite base for students who will go on to study from Active Calculus while also encouraging and promoting an active learning approach. The HTML version of the text includes about 150 anonymous, interactive exercises; static versions of those problems are included in PDF and print. In addition, the text offers about 120 activities designed for student engagement in and out of class.

There are links to interactive Desmos activities, interactive applets, and even some interactive Javascript graphics embedded in the text. These features are best accessed in HTML. In addition, all of the graphics are full-color in the electronic versions. To keep costs low, the bound, print version for sale on Amazon is in black and white.

Many of the core topics of the course will be familiar to students who have completed high school. At the same time, we take a perspective on every topic that emphasizes its importance in calculus. The reader will find that the text requires them to engage actively with the material, to view topics from multiple perspectives, and to develop a deep conceptual understanding of ideas. Many courses at the high school and college level with titles such as college algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry serve other disciplines and prepare students for courses other than calculus. As such, these prerequisite classes frequently contain wide-ranging material that, while mathematically interesting and important, isn't necessary for calculus. Perhaps because of these additional topics, certain ideas that are essential in calculus can be under-emphasized or ignored. In Active Prelude to Calculus, one of our top goals is to keep the focus narrow on the following most important ideas. See more about the motivating forces behind the text in the Our Goals section of the text's preface. Students who will use the text are especially encouraged to read the Students! Read This! section of the preface.

Instructors are strongly encouraged to have their students use the Activities Workbook. This workbook is simply a PDF document that has a single activity per page along with room for students to record their work and thinking. Instructors can provide students with the PDF, have their bookstore or copy center create coursepacks for students to purchase for a small fee, or purchase a bound workbook directly from Amazon. To acquire a PDF copy of the Activities Workbook, please contact the author directly: boelkinm at gvsu dot edu.

Active Prelude to Calculus was first made publicly available in January 2019. The text is free and open-source; the source code can be found on GitHub.

Subject:
Mathematics
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Matthew Boelkins
Date Added:
12/02/2021
College Algebra
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College Algebra is an introductory text for a college algebra survey course. The material is presented at a level intended to prepare students for Calculus while also giving them relevant mathematical skills that can be used in other classes. The authors describe their approach as "Functions First," believing introducing functions first will help students understand new concepts more completely. Each section includes homework exercises, and the answers to most computational questions are included in the text (discussion questions are open-ended).

Subject:
Algebra
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Stitz-Zeager Open Source Mathematics
Author:
Carl Stitz
Jeff Zeager
Date Added:
07/15/2011
Precalculus I, MTH 161
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There are four primary focus areas of this course - 1) Relations and Functions, 2) Polynomial and Rational Functions, 3) Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and 4) Systems of equations.

Precalculus 1 (MTH 161) was produced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as an online Open Educational Resources (OER) course in partnership with three Community Colleges: J. Sargeant Reynolds, Tidewater, and John Tyler.

Subject:
Mathematics
Calculus
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Amanda Goldstein
Ben MacKinnon
Bethany Wright
C.J. Bracken
James Wolfle
John Morea
Kenyada McLeod
Libby Watts
Lisa Payne
Lynn Riggs
Matthew Watts
Sheri Prupis (Grant Director)
Date Added:
05/17/2021