Rob Beezer’s free, open authoring platform PreTeXt is what enables the fantastic HTML output for Active Calculus and so many other free, open textbooks. As part of my work with the PreTeXt Advocacy Group (Sally Koutsoliotas, Jennifer Nordstrom, Bruce Yoshiwara, and me), I’m excited to announce that PreTeXt is featured in the December/January issue of […]

Regarding the single variable text, I’m trying to gain some information about adoption, how the text is used, and what additional features are desirable.  If you use the text in your teaching, I’d greatly appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete this survey: Responses by Friday, 10/18, will be most helpful.  Thanks.

Here’s an interesting article regarding the effect of electronic vs print textbooks on student learning when reading for understanding: “Our work has revealed a significant discrepancy. Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.” The article has lots of interesting observations on things like […]

Many instructors use online homework systems with their students.  This approach provides accountability for students, immediate feedback and multiple attempts on their work, and simple grading for instructors.  While I’m always glad to share WeBWorK .def files with users who have access to a WeBWorK platform, for people without such access there hasn’t been a […]

I added new sections to the preface of Active Calculus this year, including “Students! Read This!” and “Instructors: Read This!”  My main goal in writing these was to help better ensure that users of the text are aware of some of the features of the text, especially in the HTML format.  There are similar sections […]

I’m excited to share several important updates: 1. new landing page at 2. updated versions of Active Calculus (single variable, 2018 edition) in HTML, PDF, and print (with updated activities workbooks [1-4], [5-8], too) 3. updated version of Active Prelude to Calculus, now hosted at the main page and with HTML, PDF, and (new!) print available […]

[August 2019 update: I re-named the text “Active Prelude to Calculus” as part of recent summer 2019 editing.  I won’t change the title again :-).  All else below still applies, with updated links.] Back in May, I wrote of my pending fall 2018 sabbatical and plans to write a textbook for the calculus-prep course that […]