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Calculus I—Days 23 & 24

The term is rapidly drawing to a close, and I am beginning to feel just a little overwhelmed. Moreover, the class has finally hit a rhythm, and the things are mostly running smoothly, thus I have less to discuss in … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 22

It was quite windy today. It normally takes me about 10 minutes to bike to class, door-to-door. Today, it took almost 20, thanks to a very stiff headwind (and heavier-than-usual traffic). Got to class just in the nick of time, … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 21

I feel like I have been really productive so far this week. I have most of a study guide written for the next exam, the majority of the next exam is done, and I have lecture notes ready until the … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 20

Handed back exams yesterday. Man, was that demoralizing. :\

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Calculus I—Days 18 & 19

Because the last two lectures were a review day and an exam, I am going to once again break from the mold a bit, and discuss both events in one entry.

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Calculus I—Day 17

We started a new chapter! Yay! I’m not sure that I really like including the two sections I taught last night on the exam that I have to give on Friday, but those were the orders from on-high, and I … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 16

Today represents the half-way point of the class, both in terms of the calendar and in terms of the quantity of material that we are going to cover. On the one hand, it seems like the course is going by … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 15

On an utterly unrelated note: my family and I moved to a different house last summer. Because we have somewhat less space than we did before (much larger yard, but about 200 square feet less living space), we have been … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 14

After three weeks of instruction, we finally got to our first applications (i.e. “story problems”): exponential growth and decay models. As the problems themselves can be solved in terms of algebra techniques applied to exponential functions, it seems odd to … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 13

At this point in the term, we have developed essentially all of the major abstract and theoretical tools for differentiation, and have a few little loose ends to tie up before we start looking at applications of the derivative (e.g. … Continue reading

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