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An argument for print textbooks

Here’s an interesting article regarding the effect of electronic vs print textbooks on student learning when reading for understanding: https://www.businessinsider.com/students-learning-education-print-textbooks-screens-study-2017-10. “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 […]

Active Preparation for Calculus

[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 […]

“Why I self-publish with Amazon”

I stumbled across this great post by Robert Ghrist of the University of Pennsylvania.  More people should read and follow it.  I’ll add that I agree with nearly everything he says and add one additional positive that’s not explicit:  by self-publishing on Amazon, you can also release your work electronically for free (if you so […]

Active Calculus 2018 Workbooks – now available in print

New for 2018, we’ve created bound, print versions of the activities workbooks for Active Calculus.  There’s one for chapters 1-4 (the typical first semester differential calculus material), and another for chapters 5-8 (the typical second semester integral calculus). Each workbook is 8.5×11″ in size with a soft-bound cover.  The activities are printed on the faces […]

Active Calculus 2018: PDF and print versions now available

In addition to the aforementioned HTML, the 2018 PDF and print versions of both Active Calculus – Single Variable and Active Calculus – Multivariable are now available.  Here are the various links: Active Calculus – Single Variable PDF version Active Calculus – Single Variable print version Active Calculus – Multivariable PDF version Active Calculus – […]

Active Calculus 2018 – new edition

I’m excited to share several updates to Active Calculus: 1. New 2018 edition of Active Calculus – single variable The 2018 HTML version is now live at https://activecalculus.org/single/.  The PDF will be posted in the near future on a new page at GVSU’s ScholarWorks site.  And the 2018 edition will be available for purchase on Amazon […]

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: 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 […]