Tag Archives: open source

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 new home for Active Calculus: https://activecalculus.org

I’m pleased to announce that the HTML version of Active Calculus will now be found at https://activecalculus.org/single/. At https://activecalculus.org/ 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 […]

More Linear Algebra

Many years ago, Gil Strang wrote a wonderful short essay titled “Too Much Calculus.”  His thesis:  calculus and linear algebra are imbalanced in the curriculum.  Even as the author of a calculus text, I totally agree.  Our students need more linear algebra, more in terms of time, exposure, and understanding. My phenomenally talented friend and […]

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 […]

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 […]