UMR's
Calculus Brains Malcolm E.
Hays 16 August 2002 

The Calculus Brains are an
earlier version of the current Algebra Brain, so they lack some of the
features that have made the Algebra Brain so successful. However, both Calculus Brains still contain
a wealth of information as well as some additional features not found in the
Algebra Brain. If and when BrainTrax
has sufficient resources, we may redevelop the Calculus Brain to fully
implement some nifty features. As with all our Brains, the
Calculus Brain is composed of two primary features: The Brain navigation window and the content
window. The active thought is located in the center of the Brain 'plex. Clicking on
any other thought will activate and move it to the center of the Brain 'plex. Then the
bottom window will load a different content page associated with the
activated thought. For instance, following the path Differentiation Basic Principles Rules Chain Rule will take you to a page about
the Chain Rule of Differentiation, an important concept in Calculus I. The other main feature of the
Calculus Brains is the use of Flash video that gives a brief lecture on a
given concept. We used actual UMR
Calculus professors to do the voiceover and provide the lesson. No formulas were harmed in the making of
these Flash videos. In order to view
the Flash videos, you must have the Macromedia shockwave plugin
available from Macromedia at http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download Many browsers will prompt you to
install this plugin if it is not already
installed. Check with your system
administrator if you need assistance in installing this plugin. There are over 600 thoughts combined
in the Calculus I and II Brains. Not all thoughts contain detailed
information, but most do. Also, many examples are given their own thought
simply because they are long and involved. Each is written in extreme detail,
with plain English explanations and numerous graphs to aid comprehension. Although we also teach Calculus
III here at UMR, demand for a Calculus III Brain has been low, so we have
halted production of a third Calculus Brain. Both the Calculus Brains assume
that the user has a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.
Fortunately for the user, we have both Algebra and Trigonometry Brains to
assist the user in refreshing his or her memory on a particular concept. Calculus relies heavily on a thorough
understanding of both algebra and trigonometry. Feel free to explore both
Calculus Brains at your leisure. Like
the Algebra and Trigonometry Brains, they are available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. Questions or comments about the
Calculus Brains can be directed via email to: 
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