The Goals of the Course
The primary purpose of the calculus sequence is to provide the student with the mathematical tools necessary to successfully complete a science or engineering program at the undergraduate level. Associated with this general objective are many secondary goals, some of which are nearly as important as learning calculus. They are:
- develop the capacity to generalize from a specific example to broad
The end result of development along the
lines of the above list is termed ‘mathematical maturity’. Thus we
could succinctly state that the goal of our calculus sequence is the development
of mathematical mature students by means of teaching them calculus.
Many majors across the University require calculus primarily for this reason.
Calculus is viewed as an excellent means by which to develop what is popularly