, Registration: Registration is required. Date: May 29, 2021 June 5, 2021 June 12, 2021 June 19, 2021 June 26, 2021 Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Venue: Online
The focus of the course was to grasp the core concepts of calculus using concrete analogies, without getting lost in the basic definitions and unending algebraic calculations. Most of the burden of algebra was taken up by GeoGebra App and other free online tools, so one could discover and admire the beauty of calculus itself without any distraction, and explore the subject from the core.
This was a series of five sessions, each being 1 hour and 30 minutes long, conducted online through the Zoom platform.
No formal background knowledge in Calculus was required; however, background knowledge of Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions was expected. The course was specifically curated for high school students and teachers who find calculus “clue-less” but have a motivated and curious mind. (Note: Students from lower grades can also join, if they are competent and motivated enough!)
Details of Calculus Connects
The instructor, Hasan Khan, holds a Master’s Degree in Particle and Nuclear Physics from Finland and has been involved in high school mathematics and physics teaching for over 8 years in Europe (Copenhagen) and in Africa. He is also certified from CERN in teaching physics, and from ESA (European Space Agency) in integrating ICT in Physics and Maths education.
• Working knowledge of basic elementary school Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions are required.
• Access to internet and computer.
• Motivated and curious mind.
• Even though the Geogebra app will be used to do most of the algebraic calculations, no computer programming experience is needed.
Breakup of Lectures
1. Setting the scene; The fundamental concepts of Pre-Calculus.
2. Nature and the need of Calculus–the mathematics of the Change.
3. The Discovery of Pi - Prehistoric Calculus
4. An intuitive introduction to the three core ideas in calculus - Limit, Derivative, and Integration
5. The use of free online tools - GeoGebra/Desmos and Wolfram cloud.
6. Limits and infinitesimals - The paradox of Zero.
7. Ways to Measure and Quantify the Change.
8. Graphical sense of derivative
9. An inquiry-based approach to determine the derivative of common mathematical functions (Polynomial, Trigonometric, Exponential)
10. Modeling application of Derivative in Physics and Arts
11. Building intuition for integrals.
12. Integral Calculus with GeoGebra - Area under the Curve, Surface Area, Volume of Revolution, etc.
13. Connecting calculus with the real world.
Students who complete more than 80% of the sessions will be awarded a completion certificate.
List of Students who Successfully Completed Calculus Connects