ERIC Number: EJ817789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
A Simple Acronym for Doing Calculus: CAL
Hathaway, Richard J.
PRIMUS, v18 n6 p542-545 Nov 2008
An acronym is presented that provides students a potentially useful, unifying view of the major topics covered in an elementary calculus sequence. The acronym (CAL) is based on viewing the calculus procedure for solving a calculus problem P* in three steps: (1) recognizing that the problem cannot be solved using simple (non-calculus) techniques; (2) approximating the solution of P* using simple techniques; and (3) perfecting the approximation by taking an appropriate limit. The modest contribution of this note attempts to package this point-of-view in a form that can be easily remembered and appreciated by students. The acronym is presented, explained, and illustrated using several important calculus topics.
Descriptors: Memory, Calculus, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, College Mathematics
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