Using Mathematica notebooks for Pre-Calculus and Calculus requires Mathematica software created by Wolfram Research, Inc.
The notebooks offered here for download are aimed at pre-calculus and calculus teachers and their students. Teachers may use them for demonstrations in classes. Students may use them for exploration and visualization. They do require that the Mathematica software be installed on the computer. Most notebooks were formatted using version 11, but they should work just fine with many earlier versions.
Most expect very little knowledge of Mathematica. Enter a function, execute a command, choose a window, or use sliders. Of course, to enter functions, it is important to understand the basics of Mathematica syntax, including capital letters and square brackets. Many of the notebooks explain a few of these basics for the user.
There are two groups of notebooks: Pre-Calculus and Calculus. There are a few notebooks that are included in both groups since I often use them in both courses. For example, these include topics such as polar functions, parametrics, and sequences and series.
Note on Downloading:
On some computers, with some browsers, the Mathematica notebooks show up as a text file. If there is a “.txt” added at the end, simply deleting “.txt” should work. If it is still a “.nb” file, but appears as text, there are two possibilities to try. It may work to open the file from within Mathematica. Otherwise, copy all of the text and paste it into a blank Mathematica notebook.
01: Quadratic Functions, Ruth Dover
02: Poly Basics 1, Ruth Dover
03: Poly Basics 2, Ruth Dover
04: Domain and Range, Ruth Dover
05: Rats Grapher, Ruth Dover
06: Reciprocal Functions, Ruth Dover
07: Tan Animation, Ruth Dover
08: Sine Transformations, Ruth Dover
09: Solving Trig Equations, Ruth Dover
10: Roots of Unity, Ruth Dover
11: Parametric Path, Ruth Dover
12: Polar Path, Ruth Dover
13: Polar Reciprocal, Ruth Dover
14: Polar Vs Rectangular Animation, Ruth Dover
15: Koch Snowflakes, Ruth Dover
16: Sequences and Series, Ruth Dover
17: Plotting S(n), Ruth Dover
01: Creating Derivative, Ruth Dover
02: Derivative Approximation, Ruth Dover
03: Derivative Signs, Ruth Dover
04: IVT, Ruth Dover
05: Limit Definition, Ruth Dover
06: Random Riemann, Ruth Dover
07: Riemann Sums, Ruth Dover
08: Accumulator, Ruth Dover
09: Slope Field, Ruth Dover
10: Slope Fields + Solns, Ruth Dover
11: Eulers Method, Ruth Dover
12: Parametric Path, Ruth Dover
13: Polar Path, Ruth Dover
14: Sequences and Series, Ruth Dover
15: Plotting S(n), Ruth Dover
16: Seeing Series, Ruth Dover
17: Maclaurin Series, Ruth Dover