The main purpose of the projects in this book is to help students gain a better understanding of calculus through a guided discovery approach. The book is designed to help students develop the skills of thinking analytically, recognizing patterns, forming conclusions, and organizing results in a clear manner.
Guides students through the process of using graphing calculators to solve problems using both numerical and graphical methods.
Serves as reinforcement of the analytical techniques learned in class.
Shows how graphing calculators minimize the complexity of the curve-fitting process.
Makes clear the link between mathematical functions and the real-life situation.
Many projects involve the application of calculus concepts to real data.
This makes projects more interesting and concepts more pertinent.
Requires students to take an active role in the learning process.