MACM 204: Computing with Calculus
Lecture: Tuesdays 4:30pm in AQ 5016
Lab: Thursdays 3:30pm AQ 3148.1
The course teaches you how to use mathematical software (we will use Maple)
to explore calculus and study mathematical models. We will use Maple for
calculus in one variable and two variables, and for graphing functions, curves
and surfaces. We will learn how to model physical systems with differential
equations and use Maple to solve them and visualize their solutions.
The course will also strengthen your programming skills. We will write
some simple programs, simple recursive programs and also write
not so simple recursive programs for drawing fractals.
We will use Maple extensively for calculations and programming in this course. The university has a site license. Maple is installed on the PCs and MACs in the assignment lab, university open labs and the library. You can purchase your own copy of Maple for $99 from Maplesoft.
The following file will below help you get started. It shows you how to use Maple to do calculus. It is a Maple worksheet (.mws file) which you can open in Maple: Getting Started with Maple. After you've opened it you need to execute the commands by pressing the enter key. The worksheet is also available as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file so you can look at it from your browser.
This file help you program in Maple: Maple Programming (.mws). It shows you how to write loops and write Maple procedures. It also shows you how to use Maple lists and sets. The worksheet is also available as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.
Maple basics (2 weeks)
Caculus (3 weeks)
Fractals and recursion (2 weeks)
Differential equations (4 weeks)
Additonal topics (2 weeks)