Author Archives: Matt Boelkins

2017 version of Active Calculus (single variable)

I’m excited to announce several changes to single variable Active Calculus along with some corresponding updates that will occur over the next month or so. + There is now a new HTML version of the text. Thanks to Rob Beezer’s Mathbook XML (now called PreTeXt), this output format is optimized for viewing on a range […]

Active Calculus: usage statistics

One of the superb librarians at GVSU who manages the site that hosts AC sent me access to a dashboard that reveals a lot of interesting user data. For example, after GVSU, the 10 locations/institutions that have downloaded AC most are: Westmont College Foothill-DeAnza Community College District University of Redlands Keene State College St Ignatius […]

Active Calculus: Preview Activities in WeBWorK

David Hunter of Westmont College and Branden Stone of Adelphi University have been working on WeBWorK versions of all of the Preview Activities.  David recently emailed me to share that these are now all available in the national problem library:   Also, the Preview Activities have now been added to the WeBWorK Open Problem Library. The easiest […]

Active Calculus (Single Variable): 2016 Edition now available

It’s August (and Mathfest!), so time for an annual update to AC. I have fixed every known error in the 2015 version and have implemented nearly all of the requests/suggestions that users sent me over the past year. The new version of the PDF is now available in the usual location at http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/books/10 (you may need […]

A new free mathematics journal

Interesting read here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinknudson/2016/04/30/the-future-of-mathematics-publishing-an-interview-with-sir-timothy-gowers/#5d41b5a52467 I’m mainly posting this so I have a record of it, but there’s lots of similarity between what Gowers says about his journal and what we say about free textbooks.

Last day at AIM: meet some of my new friends

One of the very best parts of the workshop this week has been the time I’ve gotten to spend with the people here, some of whom I had followed online or traded email with, but never met in person.  Others I had talked with briefly at conferences, and of course there are a couple of […]

More from AIM: developments in free & open math texts

So much to share, so just going to go with a bulleted list for now.  Hope to flesh out more over the coming months. The American Institute of Mathematics is a cool place and they have an excellent organizational scheme.  About 30 of us with shared interests are fully funded to be here for the […]