This page discusses some specific tools and resources that we have found helpful and that we have used in our classes. For a complete list of books and resources, see the 17calculus bookstore page.
College Student Resources
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Evernote - - For storing notes and organizing, one tool I've seen is EverNote. You can do a lot with the free version. Here are some ways you can use EverNote for school.
10 Evernote Tips For School – Education Series
How my students started using Evernote – Education Series
Other Resources
10 Mac Tools That Every Student Should Make Use Of
Online Tools |
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iHomework Keeps Track of School Assignments and Due-Dates
Remember The Milk is a great free task list manager.
Flashcards |
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Flashcards are a great way to learn new material, not only for math but also foreign language, history, geography, biology . . . almost anything you learn in school. Here are some suggestions.
The absolute best flashcards are the manual 3x5 cards that you buy at the bookstore and write yourself. I know it's a little old school but the actual writing on the cards gives you a learning boost that you cannot get anywhere else. That said, it's not always the most practical solution. So here are some other suggestions.
When I can't carry my 3x5 cards, I use Quizlet to set up my flashcards. Quizlet is free.
I have tried several different iPhone apps to go through my flashcards, include these.
- Flashcards++
- Quizlet Apps
Here are some other suggestions that might help you.
Smartr: Making Studying (Ever So Slightly) Fun
iPad |
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Here are some iPad related links.
10 Best iPad Apps for College Students
7 Ways To Use The iPad To Help Students Excel At School
Taking Notes |
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We have a 17calculus page dedicated to taking effective notes. Here are some links to apps that might also help you.
Most Popular Note Taking Application: Evernote
Five Best Note Taking Applications
The Top 12 Note Taking Apps for Getting Things Done in School
Study Techniques |
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We have a study techniques page with ideas to help you ace your courses. Here are some additional links.
How to Get Back Into Work or Study Mode After a Long Break
Money |
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Here are some links to help you with your college expenses.
Why You (Probably) Shouldn't Take out Loans for College
5 Scholarship Search Sites To Help Students Get Financial Aid
How to Better Manage Your Student Loans and Graduate with Less Debt
Various Other Articles |
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Here are a few links to articles that will help you be a better college student.
4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School [Opinion]
Sometimes technology can actually make your school and learning experience MORE difficult, not easier.
Get a GPA Boost Just By Picking The Right Roommate
Did you know that your friends and roommates can help (or hurt) your education and learning?
Math Links
This section contains links related to general math topics. For links to specific calculus topics, see the related topics link on each page.
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Most of the documents you will find on this website are in pdf format. The Adobe Reader is a free program that you need to download and install on your computer to read pdf format documents. Even if you already have this program on your computer, download the latest version to make sure you can open and read the documents.
When turning in homework in my classes, you need to upload the document in pdf format. There are several free programs to convert documents and files to pdf format. Go to download.com and you will found several free programs. I use PrimoPDF but I have heard it doesn't work well with some Windows versions. I have also known my students to use CutePDF or dopdf. Type in one of these names in the search box and download and install it on your Windows computer.
Apps |
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6 Helpful Calculus Apps for iPhone & iPad
10 Best Graphing Apps for iPhone
Keep in mind that most instructors will not allow you to use your iPhone during exams. So this may not be the best solution for your class. Even if you just use it outside of exams, you will start to rely on this app and then struggle during the exam with a graphing calculator. So really think about this option before laying out money for it.
TI Calculator |
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Math Review |
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Sometimes you just need to review things that you haven't done in a while. Here are some sites that give you some practice.
Here is a great website to help you be aware of common mistakes in computations when using your calculator. This will also help you when you when it comes to entering equations in WebAssign. It's called Getting Acquanted With Your Calculator.
You will probably do word problems in Calculus 1 and 2 and this site will give you some review and practice in how to convert word problems to equations. It's called Identifying Keywords in Math Word Problems.
You CAN Ace Calculus
The Unit Circle
The Unit Circle [wikipedia]
Basic Trig Identities
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\(\displaystyle{ \tan(t) = \frac{\sin(t)}{\cos(t)} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \cot(t) = \frac{\cos(t)}{\sin(t)} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \sec(t) = \frac{1}{\cos(t)} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \csc(t) = \frac{1}{\sin(t)} }\) |
Set 2 - squared identities | ||
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\( \sin^2t + \cos^2t = 1\) |
\( 1 + \tan^2t = \sec^2t\) |
\( 1 + \cot^2t = \csc^2t\) |
Set 3 - double-angle formulas | |
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\( \sin(2t) = 2\sin(t)\cos(t)\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \cos(2t) = \cos^2(t) - \sin^2(t) }\) |
Set 4 - half-angle formulas | |
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\(\displaystyle{ \sin^2(t) = \frac{1-\cos(2t)}{2} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \cos^2(t) = \frac{1+\cos(2t)}{2} }\) |
Trig Derivatives
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\sin(t)]}{dt} = \cos(t) }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\cos(t)]}{dt} = -\sin(t) }\) | |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\tan(t)]}{dt} = \sec^2(t) }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\cot(t)]}{dt} = -\csc^2(t) }\) | |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\sec(t)]}{dt} = \sec(t)\tan(t) }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\csc(t)]}{dt} = -\csc(t)\cot(t) }\) |
Inverse Trig Derivatives
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arcsin(t)]}{dt} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-t^2}} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arccos(t)]}{dt} = -\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-t^2}} }\) | |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arctan(t)]}{dt} = \frac{1}{1+t^2} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arccot(t)]}{dt} = -\frac{1}{1+t^2} }\) | |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arcsec(t)]}{dt} = \frac{1}{\abs{t}\sqrt{t^2 -1}} }\) |
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\arccsc(t)]}{dt} = -\frac{1}{\abs{t}\sqrt{t^2 -1}} }\) |
Trig Integrals
\(\int{\sin(x)~dx} = -\cos(x)+C\) |
\(\int{\cos(x)~dx} = \sin(x)+C\) | |
\(\int{\tan(x)~dx} = -\ln\abs{\cos(x)}+C\) |
\(\int{\cot(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\sin(x)}+C\) | |
\(\int{\sec(x)~dx} = \) \( \ln\abs{\sec(x)+\tan(x)}+C\) |
\(\int{\csc(x)~dx} = \) \( -\ln\abs{\csc(x)+\cot(x)}+C\) |
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