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What is a Calculus Lab??

Posted by Mikayla Feldbauer on Nov 30, 2016 5:03:00 PM
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When you think of the word lab, what comes to mind? I always think of lab coats, beakers, and fancy scientific instruments. That's why I was so confused when I saw that my calculus class had a lab.

When my friends and teachers from high school asked what my college classes were going to be for the semester, I told them, and added that my calculus class had a lab with it that met once a week. No one had any ideas as to what that could possibly mean.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see what we'd be doing. When I got my schedule during first weekend I went around and made sure I knew where all of my classes would be. It was then that I found out that this calc lab would take place in a computer lab, meaning we'd be working with computer programs.

Using mathematical software at Lycoming College

Turns out, this calculus "lab" entails completing assignments on a computer program called Mathematica. Occasionally we do other things like group projects. But for the most part, we use Mathematica to compute mathematical problems. I really enjoy these assignments as I love working with computers.

Calculus lab at Lycoming College

I have heard from student taking calc 2 that the lab associated with that class is more of a recitation where they go over difficult problems from the homework assignments and receive extra help. I still have several labs to complete in this class, and I look forward to using Mathematica then, and hopefully in the future.

To learn more about the math department or other programs at Lycoming College, check out the academic webpages.

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