Monthly Archives: August 2011

Calculus! #12: Early Transcendentals 1.6C

TweetOkay. Let’s do it. Let’s get into inverse trig functions. In my experience, inverse trig functions are one of those things that, for whatever reason, students dread. A lot of kids already dread regular trig, and now there’s an inverted … Continue reading

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Calculus! #11: Early Transcendentals 1.6B

TweetIn this continuation, we’re basically going to go through a bunch of ways to invert functions. Logarithms Log is how you invert exponentiation. Before I get into that, let me talk about a log. First off, every log has a … Continue reading

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Calculus! #10: Early Transcendentals 1.6A

TweetSection 1.6: Inverse Functions and Logarithms An “inverse function” isn’t a member of a certain family of functions in the same way exponential functions are. The “inverse” part refers to a certain functions ability to undo some other function. Confused? … Continue reading

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Calculus! #9: Early Transcendentals 1.5

TweetSection 1.5: Exponential Functions I’m not sure why this is the place for a refresher on exponential functions, but it certainly won’t hurt. Plus, I can practice my latex skillz. So, as we discussed earlier, an exponential function is of … Continue reading

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Calculus! #8: Early Transcendentals 1.4

TweetSection 1.4: Graphing Calculators and Computers I think I can do this whole section in haiku: When functions are put in computers, you get to see the function. WOO! So… today’s lesson – futz around on Wolfram. Look for similarities. … Continue reading

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Calculus! #8: Early Transcendentals 1.3B

TweetKerpow! I should mention that I’ve decided to halt the physics section and go gung ho on calc for a little bit. I really want to get into limits and derivatives before I go through the physics part. It makes … Continue reading

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More thoughts on Aliens

TweetA while back, I did a post speculating that if we ever meet aliens, they will have (or will have once had) cancer. I still think that’s correct. In fact, I have a feeling it can be extended. For example, … Continue reading

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Calculus! #7: Early Transcendentals 1.3A

TweetSection 1.3: New Functions from Old Functions OOF. I’m gonna level with you. There are some things in math that are fun to read about because they are strange or beautiful or cerebral. Then there are things that are only … Continue reading

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Calculus! #6: Early Transcendentals 1.2D

TweetHooo doggie. This chapter has a bunch more descriptions of functions. Let’s see if I can get through all of them in one nice post. Subsection: Power Functions A power function is simply a function of the form f(x) = … Continue reading

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