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 […]

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, […]

I’ve corresponded over the past couple of years with an education entrepreneur named Shivram about his company Edfinity.  They have an interesting project where they are working on an easy-to-use interface for online homework that allows instructors to access open problems and assign them to students for grades.  They have a sane and rational pricing […]

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 […]

My friend and graduate school colleague Tom Pfaff of Ithaca College has done a lot of great work on issues related to sustainability.  He has a wonderful collection of free resources for instructors at his blog, http://sustainabilitymath.org/. In particular, you can find sources of real world data for your classes – especially stats, calc, or any […]

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 […]

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 […]