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What’s up with pre-calculus?

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: May 2, 2012

  Pre-calculus is an odd mongrel of a course. It’s name suggests it’s preparation for calculus. The course content, commonly involving polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and circular functions, suggests the intent of pre-calculus is indeed preparation for calculus. But there’s something rotten in the state of pre-calculus. Several people responded recently to a […]

The changing nature of textbook publishing

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: March 28, 2011

I was told some  juicy information about academic textbook publishing last week. A sales representative of a major textbook publisher discussed the medium term plans of the company as it re-thinks its role in publishing. We discussed the high price of calculus texts for students, a topic close to my heart. The new calculus book, […]