Resources for calculus students

This page is a collection of resources outside the class for University of Oregon calculus students. There is not much here now; more may be added in the future. The information is all from 2013. Please let me know if you find other useful resources!

Warning: The resources listed here have mostly not been checked, and in many cases I don't know how reliable they are.

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Video lectures on the web

Somebody in the math library staff recommended the Khan Academy. (Link valid Fall 2017.) I have had no time to look at any of its material. The department head has looked at a few examples, and believes (based on a small sample) that it often has reasonable explanations of algorithmic procedures, such as using the product and quotient rules for calculating derivatives. I have no information of the quality of what it says about understanding calculus or doing problems which require more than just following an algorithm.

The website requires JavaScript, which is a security hazard, and probably also cookies, which are a privacy hazard.

The site ("Algebra and calculus help from an MIT graduate") has about 35 videos, mostly between 15 and 20 minutes each, on an assortment of topics including many of the computations we do in Math 251 (including several kinds of limits, using several of the differentiation rules, and finding tangent lines). The version at includes text descriptions of the contents of the videos. Ones for Math 251 are mixed with ones for Math 252 and for precalculus. This site was recommended by a student several years ago, who reports that there is more depth than at the Khan Academy, but that the emphasis is still more on how to carry out algorithms, with less about the meaning of what one is doing. I saw nothing about the more complicated applications of calculus that we will do in the later part of the course. As for the Khan Academy, please tell me about your experiences with this site.

As with the Khan Academy, the website probably requires JavaScript, which is a security hazard, and probably also cookies, which are a privacy hazard.

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Last significant change 24 September 2017.