Funny Little Calculus Text

For those of you who teach AP Calculus and have never heard of the Funny Little Calculus Text by Dr. Robert Ghrist of the University of Pennsylvania, you must download a copy!

It is an amazing work of art, mathematics, and entertainment wrapped up in a short, easy to read text.  I look forward to reading and re-reading it many times.

Funny Little Calculus Text, Ghrist

He mentions a multivariable edition as forthcoming.  I hope he still plans to release it someday.

I also signed up for Dr. Ghrist’s Calculus: Single Variable course offered on Coursera, which is where I learned of this awesome work.  A brief summary of his course follows.  I look forward to taking it to reconnect with my engineering roots in mathematics.

Robert Ghrist

Calculus: Single Variable

This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences. Distinguishing features of the course include:

  • the introduction and use of Taylor series and approximations from the beginning;
  • a novel synthesis of discrete and continuous forms of Calculus;
  • an emphasis on the conceptual over the computational; and
  • a clear, dynamic, unified approach.




About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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