Calculus 1 applets

In this YouTube video, about a dozen Mathematica applets for Calculus 1 are presented. For sample screenshots, scroll down.

  • If you’re only interested in the applets, skip to the blue title bars:

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Download Mathematica applets (NB or CDF)

  • Download the CDF files for students.
    • These are fully functional applets that can be run using the free software Wolfram CDF Player (downloadable here).
  • The NB files require a license for Mathematica.
    • They’re the same applets, but the NB files include editable source code.

Presentation and slideshow for educators:


Exploring the relationships between the graphs of f and its first two derivatives. The crosshairs can be clicked and dragged to change the shape of the graph of f.
Finding intervals of increase/decrease using test points
Outline of the solution of a related rates problem. As the slider is used to change the value of x, the dashed line representing the vertical distance Q(x) between the two parabolas moves on the graph.

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