What is Calculus? In this video, we give you a quick overview of calculus and introduce the limit, derivative and integral.
We begin with the question “Who invented Calculus?” Next, we talk about the two main tools you’ll study: derivatives and integrals. To understand both of these you’ll first learn about limits. After you learn how to compute the derivative and integral for basic functions and apply them to real-world problems, you’ll move up to higher dimensions and study things like “partial derivatives” and “multiple integrals.”
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I consider myself pretty strong in algebra (I'm wrecking it this semester, 95 in the class), and I'm taking pre-calc next semester and have no idea what to expect. I also have to take Calc 1 and Calc 2 (I'm a computer science major). Before this video, calculus was literally just a word to me. I now completely understand what I have to look forward to next fall after pre-calc. Thanks!
Funny thing is I could easily write a program to calculate this, but doing it the math way is difficult. In my Physics class I wrote powershell scripts in class on my laptop to do physics calculations so I could plug in numbers and get answers. The instructor seemed impressed.
It would be nice to get names of presenters, or their 'nom de...videos' (?) so we could refer more directly with the presenter. The woman presenting awesomely hilarious and effective Python vids would become 'Salima' rather than 'the hot chick in blue', and the calculus presenter would be 'George' rather than the 'dude who explains skinny rectangles in calculus'. In either case, more hilarious hot-chick Python vids and more 'skinny rectangle dude' calculus videos please!
how do we find the function itself? this is bugging me. i mean in real life we have to determine the function and the curve right? how do we do it? derivative and integral tells us about what to do AFTER getting the function/equation. but my question is how do we develop the equation or function from say a car travelling at different speeds over a course of time.
I still find it difficult to understand, starting from scratch, there are still a few terms which is assumed that the learner understands. It would be great if even words like derivative and integrals are broken down even further. Thank you very much for the video too!
I've always been really frustrated because we start learning calculus from limits, while no one ever explained to us what we were actually doing. I'm glad I watched this video before finishing highschool! Thanks a lot.
Actually, Archimedes used a summation technique to find the volume and area of the sphere, cylinder and cone, anticipating the same developments in calculus by 2000 years. His Codex A and C manuscripts were lost, and his Codex B was almost erased and written over by monks. Codex B was re-discovered in 1906 in Istanbul (in the Hagia Sophia Library)and portions were analyzed, translated and published. Archimedes proofs use the same techniques for integration taught today.
Some people are just good at math period & other people suck at it I'm not sure if it's because of the brain not getting it or they simply find it boring, people are not created equal who ever said that is the biggest ass.
Actually a new analysis of a set of ancient clay tablets has revealed that ancient astronomers of Babylonia used advanced geometrical methods to calculate the position of Jupiter ie calculus – a conceptual leap that was previously thought to have occurred in 14 th century Europe. Ha ha ha ...u need to update your information m8..
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