by Shaun Klassen
One of the mathematics subjects most feared by students is the “dreaded” differential calculus subject. Absolutely, it is more complicated than more common basic algebra that most would have studied up to this point. And of course, to work with calculus, one must be familiar with all of the earlier concepts that build up a strong mathematical foundation, including things like algebra, trigonometry, and graphing. However, this is not to say that calculus has to be hard, or “impossible.” It is completely doable if you start slowly by learning the general problem solving strategies. In this guest post, I want to introduce the main concept of differential calculus – the derivative – and I encourage you to visit my math website to find out much more information about this subject.
The name “differential calculus” is a descriptive one – it is based on differences, or changes. More specifically, it is all about describing how one quantity changes with respect to another one, or in other words, the rate of change. The derivative is used to express this function, but let’s examine this concept a little more closely by considering everyone’s favourite rate of change: velocity. Continue reading
by Armand Gelig Macapagong
I encountered Differential Calculus when I was in my 2nd-year High School. As a part of the Math Magi, a Mathematics club in our school, we were taught advance topics apart from our daily Math subjects in class. One of these was an introduction to Differential Calculus. I found Differential Calculus as one of the interesting subjects and my favorite topics were L’Hospital’s rule and Maxima-Minima.
When I went to college, I encountered Differential Calculus again. This time, it becomes a lot easier since I already had a taste of this subject. But what caught my attention was that, a lot of students in our class failed in almost all quizzes. This brought me to thinking, that if I can introduce an easier concept to my classmates, or if I can develop a less complex approach which they can easily grasp, maybe I can help them. So I worked hard in finding an easier approach. I developed this technique two years after that Differential Calculus subject. So, I never really had the chance to help my classmates back then. Continue reading
If you want to learn Calculus, the websites below will most likely help to you. Most of these websites contain conceptual and intuitive explanations of Calculus concepts and most of them are interactive.
All in all, they contain more than 22,000 calculus tutorials and computations. Continue reading