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As many already know, we are homeschooling through high school. This has given us more flexibility for choosing subjects and resources for earning high school credit. Our son has been doing math ahead of his age-peers and at a faster pace than we ever did. Thankfully, we never got rid of my husband’s college Calculus textbook from 1994 and we were given a new college textbook from a retiring Math professor at HBU. We also had access to a high school math tutoring friend to send us to the right online resources and tools. The following is the list of resources we used to cover Calculus for high school credit.

Online Courses: 

  • “Algebraic Calculus One” by Dr Norman Wildberger via Open Learning. The course covers: affine plane, signed areas, oriented splines, sums of powers, curves & motions, tangents, topology & physics, discrete calculus, areas of curves, and the fundamental theorem.  His course was designed to be a 12 week college course but has been broken down so it could last 1 full year for more in-depth coverage of the material. 
  • “Calculus 1A: Differentiation”  by Dr. David Jerison, Dr. Gigliola Staffilani, Dr. Jennifer French, and Dr. Stephen Wang is a MIT calculus course available via EdX .  This course is a 6 unit course over 13 weeks covering limits, derivatives, and differentiation.
  • Khan Academy Calculus

Videos:

  • “Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition” via the Great Courses (Dr. Michael Starbird from UT-Austin), 12 x 30 minute lectures
  • “Calculus 1 – Limits” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, 2 dvd set for 4 hour course
  • “Calculus Tutor: Calculus 1 & 2” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, digital download of videos, 8 hour course
  • “Calculus 1: Extra Practice with Integrals” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, 2 DVD set for 5 hour course
  • “Calculus 1: Extra Practice with Derivatives” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, 3 DVD set for 10 hour course
  • “The Differential Equations Tutor” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, 4 DVD set for 10 hour course
  • “The Calculus 3 Tutor” via Math Tutor DVD by Jason Gibson, 4 DVD set for 11 hour course

Books:

  • “Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th Edition” by James Stewart
  • “Calculus, 4th Edition” by Howard Anton

Online Tools:

  • Symbolab (Math problem solving calculator with step-by-step solutions)
  • WolframAlpha (math problem solving calculator with step-by-step solutions as well as access to additional explanations)
  • Desmos (online graphing calculator)
  • MathIsFun (Simplified explanations, easier to read online textbook resource)
  • Calculus.Org (100s of calculus problems showing detailed solutions)