The slope of the secant

Video resources for Ma 125, page 1

The current text is Rowgawski, Jon, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, W.H. Freeman, New York, 1st edition (2008) ISBN-13:978-4292-1073-7.

These pages contain short videos that are directly related to topics in Ma 125 at the University of South Alabama. All the videos here have been produced by either Kent Murdick (Lutemann) or Scott Carter (Professor Elvis Zap). The videos are available at youtube under Lutemann or ProfessorElvisZap. Most of the videos were prepared in 1 or 2 takes. When errors were discovered, some graphical editing was performed. If glaring errors exist, then please let us know and we will correct them.

Students should be aware that by clicking on the video to open the associated youtube window, related videos as sorted by youtube appear. You might also find these helpful.

Most importantly, the department wishes to emphasize that watching videos is no substitute for attending class!

In addition, the most effective way of learning mathematics is to attempt to work problems and to continue attempting until you obtain a solutions. Professional mathematicians employ a variety of problem solving strategies:

  • try to understand a more simple problem;
  • read the associated text;
  • ask an expert (your professor or a peer tutor);
  • rework the problem independently;
  • when you use a formula, write the formula down before you use it --- doing so will help you remember the formula;
  • keep a notebook of solved problems;
  • throw away techniques and solutions that don't work.