University of Pennsylvania

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Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences. Distinguishing features of the course include: 1) the introduction and use of Taylor series and approximations from the beginning; 2) a novel synthesis of discrete and continuous forms of Calculus; 3) an emphasis on the conceptual over the computational; and 4) a clear, dynamic, unified approach.
In this fifth part--part five of five--we cover a calculus for sequences, numerical methods, series and convergence tests, power and Taylor series, and conclude the course with a final exam. Learners in this course can earn a certificate in the series by signing up for Coursera's verified certificate program and passing the series' final exam.

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It's time to redo calculus! Previously, all the calculus we have done is meant for functions with a continuous input and a continuous output. This time, we are going to retool calculus for functions with a <i>discrete</i> input. These are <i>sequences</i>, and they will occupy our attention for this last segment of the course. This first module will introduce the tools and terminologies for <b>discrete calculus</b>....

4 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes

Your Guide to Getting Started in this Course10m

How Grading Works10m

Core Homework: Sequences14m

Core Homework: Differences12m

Challenge Homework: Differences8m

Core Homework: Discrete Calculus10m

Challenge Homework: Discrete Calculus4m

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That first module might have seemed a little...strange. It was! In this module, however, we will put that strangeness to good use, by giving a very brief introduction to the vast subjects of <b>numerical analysis</b>, answering such questions as <i>"how do we approximate solutions to differential equations?"</i> and <i>"how do we approximate definite integals?"</i> Perhaps unsurprisingly, Taylor expansion plays a pivotal role in these approximations....

2 videos (Total 34 min), 1 quiz

Core Homework: Numerical O.D.E.s4m

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In "ordinary" calculus, we have seen the importance (and challenge!) of improper integrals over unbounded domains. Within discrete calculus, this converts to the problem of infinite sums, or <b>series</b>. The determination of convergence for such will occupy our attention for this module. I hope you haven't forgotten your big-O notation --- you are going to need it!...

4 videos (Total 65 min), 6 quizzes

Core Homework: Infinite Series10m

Challenge Homework: Infinite Series4m

Core Homework: Convergence Tests I16m

Challenge Homework: Convergence Tests I4m

Core Homework: Convergence Tests II6m

Core Homework: Absolute & Conditional4m

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This course began with an exploration of Taylor series -- an exploration that was, sadly, not as rigorous as one would like. Now that we have at our disposal all the tests and tools of discrete and continuous calculus, we can finally close the loop and make sense of what we've been doing when we Talyor-expand. This module will cover power series in general, from we which specify to our beloved Taylor series. ...

4 videos (Total 59 min), 5 quizzes

Core Homework: Power Series12m

Challenge Homework: Power Series8m

Core Homework: Taylor Series Redux8m

Challenge Homework: Taylor Series Redux4m

Core Homework: Approximation and Error10m

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Are we at the end? Yes, yes, we are. Standing on top of a high peak, looking back down on all that we have climbed together. Let's take one last look down and prepare for what lies above. ...

4 videos (Total 40 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes

About the Chapter 5 Exam10m

About the 5-CHAPTER GREAT BIG FINAL EXAM!10m

Chapter 5: Discretization - Exam20m

5-CHAPTER GREAT BIG FINAL EXAM!36m

4.9

By MM•Jan 11th 2016

This course is tricky and also excellent. I am a computer science student from germany, and it took me quite some time and effort to pass it. The course is well structured, and can be done in time.

By RB•Feb 11th 2017

Feeling really great after finishing the course. Learnt a lot and gained deeper insights into the calculus.\n\nLooking forward to Multi Variable Calculus.

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