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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Tutoring

Math
tutoring is available at the Teaching and Learning Center.
(See the heading "Free Dropin Math Tutoring".)
It opens in the second week of classes.
In Fall 2013 it was
open through Wednesday of finals week.
(At the time I wrote this page
[Sunday 24 September 2017],
the most current information was for Summer 2017.)
Warning:
Some math tutors there are not competent to tutor for calculus.
I have had students tell me they turned out to know more
calculus than the person supposedly helping them.

Dropin
homework help
is available at the math library,
in Fenton Hall.
(Yes, this really is the right page,
even though it doesn't look like it at first glance.
It is mostly about the dropin homework help.
Mechanics are described under the fourth boldface heading.)
Apparently most of the people offering help are math majors,
but the math department head knows of no actual quality control.
I have heard nothing yet about how good the service is.
It is supposed to be open 11 am7 pm MondayThursday
and 11 am4 pm Friday.
(Information from Fall 2013.)
Warning:
The math department head knows of no quality control on the tutors.

A new free University of Oregon tutoring service has rcently opened:
TLC Sky Studio.
As with the others, I know very little.
If you use it, please tell me about your experiences.

I believe the math department has a list of recommended paid
tutors.
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
https://www.youtube.com/user/mathbff
("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
http://mathbff.com
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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N. Christopher Phillips,
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Last significant change 24 September 2017.