Calculus Lab
Spring 2012

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 textbook required for this course. Introductory materical to be posted.

Week 14 (May 2/3)

Oral Presentations

Week 13 (Apr 25/26)

Week 12 (Apr 18/19): Begin your Beamer Presentation

Week 11 (Apr 11/12)

(No new lab today) We'll start today's session (2:30-3:20 or 1:00-1:50) by continuing last week's lab (Biorhythms and Lines). This is due by Monday, April 16. The last half hour of class will be devoted to discussing topics and lab partners for the last lab. Here are the links for that discussion (if you finish early, feel free to browse these):

Week 10 (Apr 4/5)

Week 9 (Mar 28/29)

Weeks 7 and 8 (Due March 9th)

Week 6 Materials (Feb 22/23)

Week 5 Materials (Feb 15/16)

Week 4 Materials (Feb 8/9)

Week 3 Materials (Feb 1/2)

Week 2 Materials (Jan 25/26)

Week 1 Materials (Jan 18/19)

  1. Course Syllabus and Schedule
  2. The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2e (copy of the hard copy on each table in the Math Computer Lab)
  3. A Template LaTeX file.
  4. Setting up the Computers and Getting Started
  5. Homework to work on for next time. The homework is due Feb 3.

Notes about the Computers in the Mathematics Computer Lab

  1. The operating system we use (in place of Windows) is Ubuntu. A nice way to install Ubuntu to reside with Windows is by using Wubi
  2. TeXMaker is the text editor we are using (it is free of charge, and can run on either Linux, Mac OSX or Windows).
  3. The word processing software we use in Mathematics is called ``LaTeX'', and it is free. We'll have some notes in class about options One way to download LaTeX is to use proTeXt. It is a large download (about 750 MB, which is a full CD). If you want to borrow a copy from me, I have a few available to loan.
  4. You'll also need a program to view DVI files- Use Ghostview and Ghostscript for that (I believe links to these may be included in proTeXt).
  5. The blue bound book on each desk is "The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX"
  6. The mathematics software we use is called Maple. There are student editions available for about the price of a good calculator (about $99.00).
  7. Installing LaTeX on a Mac? Here is one way to get it. TeXShop is used in place of TeX-Maker, but TeXMaker is available for Macs (link above)