Calculus Lab
Spring 2017


A laboratory to investigate ways in which the computer can help in understanding the calculus and in dealing with problems whose solutions involve calculus. No programming required; a variety of existing programs will be used. Prerequisite or corequisite for Mathematics 235: Mathematics 225 (Calc 3);
There is no textbook required for this course.


Information about the Math/CS Computer Labs is Here. This includes how to remotely log into the lab, change your password, etc.

Latex Templates galore (latextemplates.com)

Week 1: Jan 17/19, 2017

Week 2: Jan 24/26, 2017

This week, we do a bit more in Latex and we introduce Maple. In Latex, we figure out how to insert a figure and how to set up a label and reference that label in our document.

Latex Material

Maple Material

Week 3: Jan 31/Feb 2, 2017

This week, we will look at more plotting options in Maple, then write a short document in LaTeX using our results.

Week 4: Feb 7/9, 2017

This week- More on Maple. We'll start the lab on biorhythms.

Week 5: Feb 14/16, 2017

This week, we'll continue writing up the solutions to the biorhythms lab.

Week 6: Feb 21 (A) and Mar 2 (B)

This week, we will look at more Maple commands- In particular, we'll work through discussions of (1) Curves and Surfaces, and (2) Limits and Derivatives, and then there is a set of 6 exercises to solve using Maple. You may, as usual, work in groups. Due: Before our next class session.

Week 7: Feb 28 (A) and Mar 9 (B), (Midsemester)

For the next two weeks, we'll be looking at the theorem from Calculus III known as ``Clairaut's Theorem''. This first week, we'll get some background questions answered. Next week, we'll work on our writing.

Week 8: Mar 7 (A) and Mar 30 (B)

Continue working on Clairaut's Theorem. This week, really focus on your writing! Your paper is due before our next class session.

Week 9: Mar 28 (A) and Apr 6 (B)

For the next 2.5 class sessions, we will be looking at geodesics on a torus (a geodesic is a kind of generalization of the straight line, but restricted to a surface).

Week 10: Apr 4 (A) and Apr 13 (B)

This week, we'll be continuing to look at geodesics on a torus:

Week 11: Apr 18/20, 2017

This week, both sections are back in sync. The first half of today, we'll discuss something called Beamer. The second half, you may put the finishing touches on the lab. The is due before our next class meeting.

Week 12: Apr 25/27, 2017

Nothing new this week. Here is a little more detail for the talk.

Week 13: May 2/4, 2017

Reserve Friday, May 12 1:30PM-4:30PM for Talks

More on this as we get closer to the date.