May 22nd 2015

Calculus: Single Variable (Coursera)

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This course provides a brisk, entertaining treatment of differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications to the engineering, physical, and social sciences.

Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. 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.

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