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Historical Activities for Calculus
Course Topic(s): One-Variable Calculus | History of Calculus
Three historical "Then and Now" modules, on curve drawing, tangent lines, and optimization problems, each explored using interactive Java applets created with Geometers Sketchpad but requiring only a Java-enabled browser. With exercises and answers. Curve drawing module focuses on conic sections. Tangent lines module begins with conic sections but also includes Fermat's idea of secant lines approaching a tangent line. Optimization module is the most extensive and includes Heron's Shortest Distance Problem, Snell's Law, L'Hospital's Pulley Problem, Regiomontanus' Hanging Picture Problem, and the Brachistochrone Problem.
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Creator(s): Gabriela R. Sanchis
Contributor(s): Editor, Loci: ConvergencePublisher:
MAA, MathDL Loci: Convergence
Resource copyright: MAA
This review was published on February 11, 2011
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