We will not dwell on philosophy but merely list some features we hope to encorporate
in the course, and also
Philosophy of the Course
- use computers as much as possible
- use spreadsheets
- encourage active learning: rather than passive; try to make you think about
- integrate one variable calculus into multivariable calculus so that they are
treated together rather than one after the other.
- ask you to submit homework electronically via email to me when appropriate.
- make you redo homework until it is correct
- feedback an important part of required activity
Philosophy of Learning
- amount learned is proportional to time put in
- best way to learn is to figure out ideas yourself or teach them to someone
- second best is to do so with hints from others like your friends or us.
- third best is to get the ideas from reading; but pause in your reading to
think about them
- fourth best: unacceptable: donít get them at all
- the object of† a lecture is not so much to inform you of important facts,
but rather to stimulate you to try to learn about some concept
- the object of the course is to empower you to use the concepts of calculus
in any context.