The Calculus Collection: A Resource for AP and Beyond

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Caren L. Diefenderfer, Roger B. Nelsen
Mathematical Association of America, 18 de febr. 2010 - 507 pàgines
The Calculus Collection is a useful resource for everyone who teaches calculus, in high school or in a 2- or 4-year college or university. It consists of 123 articles, selected by a panel of six veteran high school teachers, each of which was originally published in Math Horizons, MAA Focus, The American Mathematical Monthly, The College Mathematics Journal, or Mathematics Magazine. The articles focus on engaging students who are meeting the core ideas of calculus for the first time. The Calculus Collection is filled with insights, alternate explanations of difficult ideas, and suggestions for how to take a standard problem and open it up to the rich mathematical explorations available when you encourage students to dig a little deeper. Some of the articles reflect an enthusiasm for bringing calculators and computers into the classroom, while others consciously address themes from the calculus reform movement. But most of the articles are simply interesting and timeless explorations of the mathematics encountered in a first course in calculus.The MAA has twice previously issued a calculus reader, collecting articles on calculus from its journals: Selected Papers in Calculus, published in 1969 and reprinted as Part I of A Century of Calculus, and Part II published in 1992. In a sense The Calculus Collection is the third volume in that series, but different in that it is a collection chosen for its usefulness to those who teach first-year calculus in high schools as well as colleges and universities.

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Caren L. Diefenderfer (AB Dartmouth College, MA, Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara) is Professor of Mathematics at Hollins University. Caren has been active with the AP Calculus Program for over 20 years and served as Chief Reader for AP Calculus from 2004-2007. She has been a leader with MAA efforts on Quantitative Reasoning and is currently the Chair of the MAA's Special Interest Group for the Teaching of Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM).

Roger B. Nelsen (BA DePauw University, Ph.D. Duke University) is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Lewis and Clark College. Roger has been an AP Calculus Reader for many years and has authored or co-authored four books for the MAA: Proofs Without Words: Exercises in Visual Thinking (1993); Proofs Without Words II: More Exercises in Visual Thinking (2000); Math Made Visual: Creating Images for Understanding Mathematics (with Claudi Alsina, 2006); and When Less Is More: Visualizing Basic Inequalities (with Claudi Alsina, 2009).

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