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Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear by Michael Starbird

Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

by Michael Starbird


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12 Hrs.
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Alongside Shakespeare’s plays and Beethoven’s symphonies, calculus is one of the greatest achievements of the human mind.

Yet, few of us understand the powerful simplicity underneath it.

The course carefully shows how calculus explains motion—and that this insight is composed of only two simple ideas.

Professor Starbird then explains how calculus has shown how everything that changes over time can be understood with its insights, uniting the way we see economics, astronomy, engineering, and even baseball, because it is an insight into the nature of reality itself.

Award-winning Professor Starbird explains the beauty of calculus to those who have been unable to see its power because of the bewildering way it is usually taught.

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Reviewer pgmd2
 February 17, 2006
“Change And Motion: Calculus Made Clear” is perfect for anyone who has ever taken a calculus class and enjoyed it. Also this course is perfect for anyone who has taken a calculus course and not understood anything, then this course is perfect for you as well. Professor Michael Starbird of University of Texas at Austin shows how much more interesting calculus can be beyond the standard mathematics textbook.

He starts the course by looking at Newton’s and Galileo’s contributions to calculus and the mathematical theories that their contributions contained. His simple approach to the study of calculus is quite interesting and illustrates a different way of solving equations in calculus.

However, like the title suggests, the main theme of the course was to show that calculus has concepts that is constantly in motion and these can change over time. This is illustrated, for example, in the motion of the planets and with driving our cars.

What Professor Starbird succeeded at doing was showing that almost every thing in nature can be explained using the concepts contained within a high school calculus text book. The course was available on video cassettes.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: C002607
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