Category Publishing

Prelude to Active Calculus – feedback sought

I’ve been awarded a sabbatical for the fall semester of 2018 to write a new free, open-source textbook for GVSU’s new MTH 124: Functions and Models.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students not-yet-ready for calculus for a first semester course in calculus. MTH 124 has run for three semesters at Grand Valley, […]

A few updates to the HTML version of Active Calculus

I’ve made the following corrections to fix some typos and other errors: The statement of the quotient rule in Section 2.5 mistakenly stipulated that the derivative of the denominator be nonzero, when of course it’s the denominator function itself must be nonzero. In Exercise #6 in Section 3.4, the cost of the top was accidentally […]

A new home for Active Calculus:

I’m pleased to announce that the HTML version of Active Calculus will now be found at At you’ll find a landing page that includes an overview of features of the text, links to the various versions of the text, and notes about some ancillaries that are available upon request.  The PDF version remains at […]

“Priced at nearly $100 less than the competition”

(I’m overdue to post something meaningful in this space, but today’s email made this post irresistible).  Following is clipped from my email, and here’s a direct link to the text:  The tag line is “Priced at nearly $100 less than the competition, …” and when you click through to their web page, you see […]

Active Calculus 2017 – print copy now via Amazon

In an earlier post, I noted that the 2017 version of Active Calculus – Single Variable was available for purchase via CreateSpace.  There were some minor technical issues with getting the text available on Amazon, but those have now been reconciled, and you can find it directly at this link.  It’s even available for Amazon […]

Active Calculus 2017 – print copy available

The bound, print copy of Active Calculus 2017 is available from CreateSpace for $19.50.  As soon as the Amazon site page for the book is built, I will post the URL for it, too.

2017 version of Active Calculus: more updates + notes on differences from 2016

Here are several updates to follow my most recent post. + The 2017 PDF version has been finalized and posted online; the HTML has been slightly updated as a result of work to get the PDF looking suitable. If you have previously been accessing the HTML via my site, be sure to refresh your browser […]