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    #109386 - 08/15/11 10:30 AM Calculus online problem-based resources?
    ColinsMum Offline

    Registered: 09/19/08
    Posts: 1898
    Loc: Scotland
    Does anyone know of a recommendable online problem-based calculus course? I don't care about the teaching material as such, but I'd really like something to save me making up my own exercise sheets, ideally online with automatic marking. Here's a brain dump of what I know about and why it still leaves me looking for something better (maybe someone else will find something ideal that I don't!)

    - I like the explanation leaflets at MathCentre, which are what we've been using so far, but it's essentially paper based, it doesn't have many exercises and it doesn't mix them up (you read a leaflet on X and the questions on it require you to use X - no thought required! They really are examples not problems.)

    - Khan Academy has loads of videos, but it doesn't have a coherent sent of exercises yet for this area

    - If Alcumus covered calculus that would be ideal, but it doesn't.

    - ALEKS is a possibility but not a great one for a combination of intellectual and technical reasons: at the higher levels it doesn't seem to do a great job of identifying prior knowledge so it gets very tedious, and more importantly for me it doesn't work properly on Linux these days (though if anyone has solved that problem I'd still like to hear about it).

    What else is there that I might consider? Anyone know something wonderful?
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    #109389 - 08/15/11 10:43 AM Re: Calculus online problem-based resources? [Re: ColinsMum]
    kcab Offline

    Registered: 10/02/07
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    Not expert here, and these are not exactly what you are looking for, but a place I bookmarked sometime or other:
    Visual Calculus

    I think I was led there by looking for on-line resources for Calc texts, you might try whatever textbook publisher you're using or like and see if they have or link stuff on-line.

    Also, not going to get the autocorrect this way, but you could use MIT's OpenCourseware or that from someplace else...

    #109393 - 08/15/11 10:55 AM Re: Calculus online problem-based resources? [Re: kcab]
    ColinsMum Offline

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    Posts: 1898
    Loc: Scotland
    Thank you! You're right that neither of those is a complete answer, but Visual Calculus has quite a few "drills" and "quizzes" which are automatically marked (or show the answer when you press a button) which look useful, and although I should have thought about MIT, I hadn't :-)
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    #109394 - 08/15/11 11:04 AM Re: Calculus online problem-based resources? [Re: ColinsMum]
    whattodo? Offline
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    Registered: 05/25/11
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    I am not sure if this will work for you, but maybe look at

    #109399 - 08/15/11 12:00 PM Re: Calculus online problem-based resources? [Re: ColinsMum]
    Val Offline

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    Loc: California
    Hmm. The best thing I can think of, if all you want are exercises, are a couple good books:

    The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems

    Calculus Workbook for Dummies

    Both books have lots of problems. The first one has the most problems, but the layout of the Dummies book is better. The Dummies problems are less challenging and are good for someone who's starting out. All the problems are worked out step-by-step.

    You could also try to get hold of an instructor's manual for any random textbook. These manuals have solutions for all the problems.

    #109599 - 08/18/11 02:04 AM Re: Calculus online problem-based resources? [Re: whattodo?]
    ColinsMum Offline

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    Thanks for the EIMACS suggestion - I'd only seen their expensive logic courses, and hadn't realised that they also have a cheap calculus course. I'll look into that!

    Books are not really what I'm wanting (I have some, but largely for practical reasons - he'd have to carry them around, and carrying even the rather small GCSE book last year taught us the disadvantages of that! - even good ones aren't much use to me right now). But now the thread is here and maybe someone else will find it useful in future.
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