About the Course
This course includes lessons on using the online graphing calculator called Desmos. Moreover, it will teach you some creative ways to start animating pictures.
It would be nice if the student enrolling in the course is familiar with math terminology, but it is not required to become familiar with the capabilities of the tool. What does help, is a logical process of creating lines and curves into images that consist of functions.
The course has fourteen main lessons, besides the introduction and the conclusion. These are broken up into three sections that progressively go from basic housekeeping concepts, to intermediate functionality and tool manipulations, and to abstract methods that aid in animation creation.
The Desmos is a free online graphing calculator that allows you to use math manipulations in the Cartesian Plane and beyond. The following course topics makes it easier to see what capabilites the tool has:
It will be interesting to see all the ideas for curves in the final animation project, as we will post in the discussion for student of the course to view. There will be a quiz at the end of each section for evaluating how much you retained. Some questions will require you to think abstractly on the various function possibilities. Don't worry, I will include only functions that were mentioned in the course. This course will improve on critical thinking skills and allow Math instructors to provide this tool in their classroom where technology is embraced and incorporated into the curriculum. This is a fun and visual way to learn math concepts as well. So, let's get started!
You will be able to share your graphs using email, embed, and image tools. Simply set up your account to make use of this functionality.
Use Desmos like a regular calculator to manipulate arithmetic expressions.
Learn how to switch your graph from degrees to radians and vice versa. You will also be able to set up your viewable area with custom step sizes.
You will learn to create a numerical model using tables in Desmos. Your data graphs will help you to complete regression analysis. You can also create shapes and images from tables. By selecting the line option on the table, you can connect the points in the table.
You will be able to customize your graphs to suit your needs. Different color and style options are available.
Learn the method to programming functions into the Desmos platform
You will learn to use short cut key phrases to input square roots, absolute value, trigonometric functions and summations.
Look at graphs using polar coordinate system. Instead of x and y, you now have r and theta.
Find out how to graph the inverse of any function. The relationship between x and y is interchanged.
This quiz covers function programming in Desmos.
This lesson will help you visualize regions of data and begin to explore shading.
You will begin to explore your graphs in motion using sliders.
You will learn how to change the viewing sections of your graph by restricting the domain and range.
This platform will change how you see change. The derivative will be explained here.
You will apply integral functions to analyze the area under the curve. This will be a lesson that visits the notion of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
You will see how to get your graph moving and apply your own creative thinking to convert still images to animated ones.
This quiz will review what you learned in the advanced topics of the course.
I would like to congratulate you on finishing the course. Look at all you have learned!
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Mathematics, with a concentration in Computer Science, in 2014. I have taught mathematics courses at the middle and high school level for two years. I have a passion for teaching and software design and development. I currently tutor college courses online such as Java, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Matlab.