Electronic Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Orlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994

Paper P019

The Video Applications Library: Calculus at the Movies

David H. Olwell

US Military Academy


Three units in the Video Applications Library have been completed for the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). These units are grouped as Calculus: Understanding Change. Each unit includes a professionally produced film and accompanying class materials. The units are:

RX for Calculus: Prescribing Safe and Effective Dosage This film compares linear and exponential absorption rates for drugs in the bloodstream.

Built by Calculus: Dam Construction This film presents several applications of integration used in dam construction.

Tracking a Killer: Epidemics This film models epidemics with a difference and differential equations.

The films will be shown on a TV monitor, and the classroom materials will be available for examination. This work was funded by a grant from the NSF, Grant Number DUE-9053407 to COMAP.

Keyword(s): calculus