Johns Hopkins University

Applied Calculus with Python

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Joseph W. Cutrone, PhD

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Programming now has relevance well beyond just Computer Science. In this module and throughout this course, you will learn not only about programming using Python, but also how to use those skills to solve real, complex problems in future classes, at work, or elsewhere. To ensure this, copious amounts of examples are included, with explanations, throughout the course. You are strongly encouraged not only trace through them, but also experiment with (run, alter, break) them on your own. The assignments are linked to the respective module. Putting time in here will give you the opportunity to solve actual scientific problems and challenge you in a way that that’ll not only help you make use of the skills we’ll discuss in lecture, but also to leave you with that oh-so-satisfying feeling of having conquered the challenge when you’re done!

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2 videos4 readings1 quiz

Functions arise whenever one quantity depends on another. Mathematically speaking, a function is a rule that assigns to each element x in a set D (called the domain) exactly one element, called f(x), in a set called the range. Because we continually make theories about dependencies between quantities in nature and society, functions are important tools in the construction of mathematical models. In this module, we will learn the theory of functions, see many examples and their graphs, as well as apply these functions. We will learn how to implement these functions in Python as well.

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9 videos7 readings2 quizzes1 ungraded lab

Calculus is the science of measuring change. Early in its history, its tools were developed to solve problems involving the position, velocity, and acceleration of moving objects. Prior to the development of calculus, there was no way to express this change in a variable. In this section, we introduce the notion of limits to develop the derivative of a function. The derivative, commonly denoted as f'(x), will measure the instantaneous rate of change of a function at a certain point x = a. This number f'(a), when defined, will be graphically represented as the slope of the tangent line to a curve. We will see in this module how to find limits and derivatives both analytically and using Python.

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11 videos7 readings2 quizzes1 ungraded lab

The derivative is defined as a limit of the difference quotient. Computing this limit symbolically is very challenging for complicated functions. In this section, we develop rules that find the derivative without having to fall back on the limit definition each time. These rules are purely algebraic in nature and help us gain intuition into the behavior of a derivative function. More importantly, these rules help to demystify the Derivative() function and show the steps to produce the functions output. Understanding the process allows for mastery, adaptation, and more complicated applications of these concepts.

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9 videos6 readings2 quizzes1 ungraded lab

One major topic in calculus is what is called "integral calculus," which involves finding areas or volumes of regions by adding up small slices. We start to think about areas or volumes as an accumulation of the smaller slices that make them and from that we can apply the theory of integral calculus to measure net change and total accumulations. Then, by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, this is then related back to where we started: derivatives. This module introduces some of the most beautiful and useful applications of calculus. Algebraic techniques will be shown alongside of numerical computations using Python.

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8 videos6 readings2 quizzes1 ungraded lab


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