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Introduction to Precalculus and Calculus I

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First class: July 14th (at the U of M, STSS 119) 4:30-6:30PM


Like the idea of learning introductory Calculus without the pressures of the graded classroom? Have you ever wanted to see math put to practical use? This course will be intended to give anyone with a fluency in basic Algebra and Trigonometry the opportunity to learn introductory Calculus topics without the pressure. I am hoping to make this course fairly informal, interactive, and fun (Math fun?!). This course will give a slow to medium paced approach to basic Calculus with an abundance of real life applications, demos, pictures, and videos.


Topics for the course include a review of basic algebra and trigonometry, the concept and use of derivation, an introduction to numerical methods, an introduction into the concept of integration and more. Practical examples will be an emphasis of this course; while the material may sound intimidating to the non-math saavy, these mathematical concepts CAN be used in everyday life and will give anyone a greater appreciation for physical phenomenon and Calculus application.


This course will be offered in the summer of 2011, beginning in June and ending sometime in August. The times of the course offering are not yet set and will be determined by the availability of those interested in taking the class, but will most likely be once or twice a week in the afternoon or evening. Location is additionally unknown at this point in time. I will also be producing a course website for ease of access of materials and to host additional information for the more ambitious learner.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Matt Hedlund is a Senior Undergraduate Student in the University of Minnesota, Biomedical Engineering Program. Don't be frightened, it's not as scary as it sounds. I have 4 years of experience in advanced mathematics and their applications into engineering problems. I am knowledgeable in Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Statics and Dynamics, Deformable Body Mechanics and much more. I will be graduating in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor's of Biomedical Engineering degree and a Bachelor of the Arts of Physiology. If you would like to learn more about myself or my intentions with this course, feel free to email me at [email protected]
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Class times: 
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 07/21/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 07/28/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 08/04/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 08/11/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 08/18/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Thu, 08/25/2011 - 16:30 - 18:30
Additional class time information: 
This times and frequencies are only preliminary and are likely to change upon interest response
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
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