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Calculus 1 (I)

Calculus 1 (I)

This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation. 'Calculus can be thought of as the mathematics of CHANGE.  Because everything in the world is changing, calculus helps us track those changes.  Algebra, by contrast, can be thought of as dealing with a large set of numbers that are inherently CONSTANT.  Solving an Algebra problem, like Y = 2X + 5, merely produces a pairing of two predetermined numbers, although an infinite set of pairs.  Algebra is even useful in rate problems, such as calculating how the money in your savings account increases because of the interest rate R, such as Y = X0+Rt where t is elapsed time and X0 is the initial deposit.  But with compounded interest, now things get complicated for algebra as the rate R is now itself a function of time with Y = X0+... Show More


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