How did Newton describe the orbits of the planets? To do this, he created calculus. But he used a different coordinate system more appropriate for planetary motion. We will learn to shift our perspective to do calculus with parameterized curves and polar coordinates. And then we will dive deep into exploring the infinite to gain a deeper understanding and powerful descriptions of functions.
How does a computer make accurate computations? Absolute precision does not exist in the real world, and computers cannot handle infinitesimals or infinity. Fortunately, just as we approximate numbers using the decimal system, we can approximate functions using series of much simpler functions. These approximations provide a powerful framework for scientific computing and still give highly accurate results. They allow us to solve all sorts of engineering problems based on models of our world represented in the language of calculus.
Series and Polynomial Approximations
Series and Convergence
Taylor Series and Power Series
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 Parts 1 and 2, covers the AP* Calculus BC curriculum.
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I completed this course as an audit learner and I loved it. The course is well structured, contains a lot of information, and the teaching methodology is top level. They give you a lot of quizzes and homework problems, which help you test the knowledge you got from the lectures, find holes in your understanding of the concepts and then fill them up. If you get stuck, you can use discussion forums, where staff members were very active and helpful. Unlike many other online courses, this course actually teaches you university level Calculus (if you want to learn the complete Single-variable Calculus, you should first do 2 other courses from the xSeries that this course is part of). I definitely recommend this course.
Note: as of May 2020, everything in this course is accessible to audit learners other than the final exam.