Why Calculus?
INTRODUCTION

Math is certainly about numbers and calculations.But numbers and calculations do not by themselves define math.In fact, they are not even the most important aspect of math, because they have no value on their own.Math is only important to us, if it is relevant to us in some way.“Either you study real problems in the real world – it’s a remarkable intellectual challenge, or you remain a mathematician”. (M. Gromov, Dead Sea Discussions).The most important math questions then are the questions which lead us to understand more about how and why math operates.This assignment is to direct you towards answering those questions.

TASK

You must search the web for information regarding calculus, answering specific questions about its nature.You will report your findings to the questions in a 1 – 2 page typed paper. The paper should be double spaced 12 pt font.You should be sure to answer each of the following questions and summarize what you have learned about calculus.You do not need a title page or to site your references.

QUESTIONS

1.What is calculus? Why is it important?

2.Who are the two forefathers of calculus?Name one idea that is attributed to each of them.

3.What are the two major topics (branches) of Calculus?Describe each of them.

4.Give 2 real-life examples where calculus is helpful or necessary.

5. Use your textbook – select 3 examples from the Index of Applications (front of textbook)
that relate to your future interests.Describe what problem is about and the topic of the
chapter.

Why Calculus Project Rubric
Please rate your performance using the six-point scale.The teacher will also assign a score in each area.
1.PAPER
My Score
Teacher’s Score
The Trait


Content
  • You clearly answered all the questions
  • You used examples to further understanding


Concepts
  • You clearly explained the concepts
  • You used proper terminology


Structure
  • You used correct spelling and punctuation
  • You used correct grammar


Summary
  • You included a summary
  • Your summary answered the given question.

II.APPLICATION
My Score
Teacher’s Score
The Trait


Example 1
  • You explained the example thoroughly
  • You related it to how is could be related to your interest
  • You sited the calculus topic it lies under.


Example 2
  • You explained the example thoroughly
  • You related it to how is could be related to your interest
  • You sited the calculus topic it lies under.


Example 3
  • You explained the example thoroughly
  • You related it to how is could be related to your interest
  • You sited the calculus topic it lies under.



















Scoring scale
6 – ExemplaryYour work at this level is both exceptional and memorable.It shows a
distinctive and sophisticated application of knowledge and skills.

5 – StrongYour work exceeds the standard. It shows a thorough and effective
application of knowledge and skills.

4 – ProficientYour work at this level meets the standard.It is acceptable work that
demonstrates application of essential knowledge and skills.Minor errors

3 – DevelopingYour work at this level does not yet meet the standard.It shows basic, but
inconsistent application of knowledge and skills. Your work needs further development.

2 – EmergingYour work at this level shows a partial application of knowledge and
skills.It is superficial, fragmented, or incomplete and needs considerable development.Your work contains errors and omissions.

1 – Not PresentYou presented no work in this area