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;
There is no required text for this course.
Course Syllabus and Schedule
Lab 1: Introduction to Latex and Maple
- Week 1 (Sep 3/4)
- Week 2 (Sep 10/11)
- Week 3 (Sep 17/18)
Lab 2: Series Representations
- Week 4 (Sep 24/25)
- Week 5 (Oct 1/2)
(Lab Due at Beginning of class, Week 6)
Lab 3: A Sequence of Books
- Week 6 (Oct 8/9)
- Week 7 (Oct 15/16)
Lab 4: Multivariate Calculus and Clairaut's Theorem
- Week 8 (Oct 22/23)
- Week 9 (Oct 29/30)
Continue Working: Focus is Clairaut's Theorem today
- Week 10 (Nov 5/6) (Due at the beginning of the next session)
Grading checklist is here (PDF)
Lab 5: Ants on a Doughnut
- Week 11 (Nov 11/12)
- Week 12 (Nov 19/20)
- This week, we'll work on understanding the paths on the surface,
and look at arc length. Start writing up some results for after
- Week 13 (After break, Dec 3/4)
- Week 14 (Dec 10/11)
Using LaTeX on your own computer
The most recent version of
"The Not So Short Introduction to
is here. It will be more recent than the copies
we have in the Lab, but our copies will suffice. (About 2.2MB)
You will need several programs to have the complete LaTeX
system on your home computer. (1) The compiler
will actually translate the TeX file into a DVI file.
This is the main piece of software. (2) You will
need software to view and print the DVI and Postscript
files. (3) You need a nice editor for creating the
TeX files (and debugging your files). A nice feature here
will be buttons for creating and viewing the DVI file,
a spellchecker, and some GUI elements to help you out.
Here are some recommendations for software:
- For Macs:
This is the editor, and it has recommendations for how
to get the underlying LaTeX compiler.
- You will also need a postscript file viewer. You
can download MacGSview
- MikTeX is the Compiler
for Windows. There is an installer on the website that
will put the software on your computer for you.
- TeXMaker is the
editor we use in the Math Lab.
- Ghostview and Ghostscript are programs to handle postscript
files. These are available for download from
and install Ghostscript first.