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Calculus I Calculus I
Tom Pfaff, Department of Mathematics, Ithaca College

Mini-Grant Highlight -- Calculus I

To incorporate sustainability concepts into calculus the basic idea is simple: students use Excel to fit curves/functions to real data (using at most one day of class time) on global average temperature, grain consumption, atmospheric CO2, etc. (simple instructions for curve fitting in Excel are also provided). Once we have the functions, calculus tools can be used to answer important sustainability questions. It's easy and rewarding and can be incorporated into the class without changing the typical calculus content. Here  you can find data sets, example worksheets, and the background information you need to incorporate a sustainability theme into your Calculus I course as well as links for further reading for you or your students.


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