How long should the handle of your spoon be so that your fingers do not burn while mixing chocolate fondue? Can you find a shape that has finite volume, but infinite surface area? How does the weight of the rider change the trajectory of a zip line ride? These and many other questions can be answered by harnessing the power of the integral.
But what is an integral? You will learn to interpret it geometrically as an area under a graph, and discover its connection to the derivative. You will encounter functions that you cannot integrate without a computer and develop a big bag of tricks to attack the functions that you can integrate by hand. The integral is vital in engineering design, scientific analysis, probability and statistics. You will use integrals to find centers of mass, the stress on a beam during construction, the power exerted by a motor, and the distance traveled by a rocket.
The three modules in this series are being offered as an XSeries on edX. Please visit Single Variable Calculus XSeries Program Page to learn more and to enroll in the modules.
This course, in combination with Part 1, covers the AP* Calculus AB curriculum.
This course, in combination with Parts 1 and 3, covers the AP* Calculus BC curriculum.
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Dna47a completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Part 2 of single variable calculus course is another great MIT course. The videos, exercises and problem sets are excellent. The pace of the course accommodates everyone from students, busy working professionals, etc ., Add to this generous extensions of the due date by the course staff so that maximum students can learn and complete the course. A great way to learn single variable calculus.