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0.1: What is this Course All About?

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      To succeed in Calculus, you need a strong grasp of algebra skills as well as a good understanding of the concept of functions and their graphs.  In a nutshell, that is what we want to achieve in this course.

    Although virtually all of the material you will study in this book is important for Calculus as well as other subjects in higher mathematics, some of the ideas and examples are targeted for particular concepts in Calculus.  Throughout the book, you will see a note to let you recognize them.  If you are going to take Calculus I, Calculus II, and/or Calculus III, pay particular attention to understanding these ideas and examples.  (Of course, you should pay particular attention to everything - just saying!)

    To understand mathematics well, you need to think about number concepts and make them your own.  If you feel anxious about succeeding, consider the following precepts for achieving a mathematical mindset, courtesy of Jo Boaler of youcubed at Stanford University:

    1. Everyone Can Learn Math to the Highest Levels.  Everyone can reach the highest levels they want to, with hard work.
    2. Mistakes are Valuable.  Mistakes grow your brain!  It is good to struggle and make mistakes.
    3. Questions are Really Important.  Always ask questions, always answer questions.  Ask yourself: why does that make sense?
    4. Math is about Creativity and Making Sense.  Math is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.
    5. Math is about Connections and Communicating.  Math is a connected subject, and a form of communication.  Represent math in different forms; e.g., words, a picture, a graph, an equation; and link them. 
    6. Math Class is about Learning, Not Performing.  Math is a growth subject.  It takes time to learn and it is all about effort.

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