Math in Motion

Math in Motion: Introduction to Calculus

Can an arrow reach its destination if it must first pass through an infinite number of points in between? How fast is a ball you throw going at the peak of its path? Is it possible to add up infinitely many numbers? What does it mean for a car to have a certain speed at a certain instant if it doesn’t really travel any distance in that instant? These and other questions and paradoxes are the focus of calculus, and we will investigate them in this course. Students will explore and understand the concept of slope, limit, and derivative, and how they are connected. Even though it is called calculus, there won’t be much calculation, but a lot of mental experiments, concept discussions, and fun working together as a group.

The teacher is Dr. Eli Lebow who did his undergraduate work at Harvard University in mathematics and physics, and his Ph.D. at Cal in mathematics. Among other places, he taught middle school students at the Academic Talent Development Program in Berkeley.

  • The class is for 7-10th grade students. 7 graders who have already taken Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra course or Common Core 7th grade at school are accepted.
  • It is a semester-long class that meets once a week for 1 hour.
  • Classes will meet on Mondays at 5:00pm-6:00pm (Math in Motion 1) or 6:15pm-7:00pm (Math in Motion 2 for those who took Math in Motion 1 during the Fall semester) at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.
  • The cost is $330 for the Winter/Spring semester.
  • Classes begin on January 29th.

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