Monthly Archives: August 2011

Calculus! #20: Early Transcendentals 2.4

TweetThis is the first section where you might get knocked on your ass by the math. But, here’s the thing with all math proofs – once you break them into discrete, logical steps, each step is simple. Once you understand … Continue reading

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A Followup

TweetPerhaps related to my recent post on helping artists, I got a great email today: Dear Zach, I received some comments on a page of mine where it said ‘STOLEN from http://www.smbc-comics.com/‘ on http://www.funzors.com/media/condom-explosion-151/ would you like me to delete … Continue reading

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Calculus! #19: Early Transcendentals 2.3

TweetCalculating Limits Using the Limit Laws All right! Now we’re getting to the interesting stuff. The past two chapters have really been about developing your intuition about limits. Let’s learn how limits actually work. Here are the limit laws the … Continue reading

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Calculus! #18: Early Transcendentals 2.2C

TweetI left my book out after the last blog and my cat hairballed directly onto the definition of an infinite limit. Truly, the gods are attempting to stop us on our path to mathematical glory. But, we shall not waver! … Continue reading

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On the Proper Care and Feeding of Artists

TweetHey geeks, Recently, a bunch of we cartoonists got in a discussion about what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate in terms of copying people’s styles, reposting people’s stuff, and so on. I think most people do these sorts of things … Continue reading

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Calculus #17: Early Transcendentals 2.2B

TweetIn the last section, we noted how the limit can be different depending on whether you approach the function from the left or right. Let’s continue. One-Sided Limits Before I get into this, I want to once again take pains … Continue reading

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Calculus! #16: Early Transcendentals 2.2A

TweetOkay, so now that you have the basic idea of what a limit is, we’re going to develop your intuition a little. Section 2.2: The Limit of a Function This whole chapter is to show you two things: 1) How … Continue reading

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Calculus! #15 Early Trascendentals 2.1B

TweetWooh! We are so very close to having enough math under our belts to return to physics, where it is MUCH easier for me to make penis jokes. The Velocity Problem Imagine I’m driving away from your sister’s apartment. My … Continue reading

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Calculus! #14: Early Transcendentals 2.1B

TweetChapter 2: Limits and Derivatives You did it. You made it to Calculus. For many people, this is the real c-word. Take some pride in the fact that you’ve been willing to come this far. Although you’re only at the … Continue reading

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Calculus! #13: Early Transcendentals Chapter 1 Wrap-Up

TweetAll right. If you’ve understood all the previous Chapter 1 stuff, you are ready to dip your toe into the ocean of glory that is Calculus. First, let’s go over what you’ve learned: The essence of this chapter is that … Continue reading

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