Introducing students to Calculus - the big picture

Presentation that I gave to my students before teaching calculus to inspire them as to what it is, why it’s important/relevant/useful and where it has come from. Considers the nature of limits to infinity and finishes with some words from Tolstoy who used calculus to describe his theories on the nature of human history. Presentation took an hour’s lesson and my students enjoyed it. Happy to receive any feedback / further examples of applications etc.


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Created: Mar 10, 2019


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