Handling Calculus: Math in Motion

June 1st, 2001 - May 31st, 2005 | PROJECT

The Science Museum of Minnesota will develop, test and disseminate "Handling Calculus: Math in Motion." At the heart of "Handling Calculus" is a set of model exhibits and accompanying programs designed to introduce museum visitors to calculus through interactive physical models that illustrate mathematical concepts both kinesthetically and conceptually. The project focuses on three central concepts: (1) how graphs show changes in rates; (2) how summing quantities over time (integration) can provide important information about results of a process; and (3) how the use of parametric functions can provide a simple way to describe a complex motion.

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Team Members

J Newlin, Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Ricardo Nemirovsky, Co-Principal Investigator, San Diego State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0087912
Funding Amount: 986504


Audience: General Public
Discipline: Mathematics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits