Learn Visual Programming in Desmos Graph Calculator
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Learn Visual Programming in Desmos Graph Calculator

From Arithmetic to Animation
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Created by Stacey Joseph
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Program basic and trigonometric functions
  • Program function inverses and polar equations
  • Customize viewing area, colors and styles of graphs
  • Animate simple projects from still views
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  • No software download is required, but if you would like to save your work, an online Desmos account will be needed.
  • You should be already familiar with basic math terminology about functions.
  • Familiarization with math terminology about functions will be helpful.
  • No prior programming knowledge is required.

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.

What's included

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:

  1. Saving and Exporting Your Work
  2. Programming Arithmetic Expressions
  3. Customizing Grid and Calculation Setting
  4. Making a Graph from Data using Regression
  5. Customizing Colors and Styles of Graphs
  6. Programming Basic Functions
  7. Using Built-In Functions and Shortcuts
  8. Graphing Polar Equations
  9. Visualizing Inverse Relationships
  10. Changing values with Sliders
  11. Setting the Domain and Range
  12. Exploring Differential Calculus
  13. Exploring Integral Calculus
  14. Animating Graphs

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!


Who is the target audience?
  • Math students
  • Math Teachers
  • Animation Programmer
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Curriculum For This Course
Start Here
1 Lecture 01:40

This lecture will outline the course with an overview of expectations.

Preview 01:40
The Basics
4 Lectures 15:05

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.

Preview 03:48

Use Desmos like a regular calculator to manipulate arithmetic expressions.

Preview 03:17

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.

Changing Graph Settings

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.

Creating a Graph from Data Set

Basics Quiz
4 questions
Intermediate Tools and Shortcuts
5 Lectures 14:59

You will be able to customize your graphs to suit your needs. Different color and style options are available.

Preview 02:01

Learn the method to programming functions into the Desmos platform

Preview 04:12

You will learn to use short cut key phrases to input square roots, absolute value, trigonometric functions and summations.

Implementing Built-In Functions

Look at graphs using polar coordinate system. Instead of x and y, you now have r and theta.

Programming Polar Equations

Find out how to graph the inverse of any function. The relationship between x and y is interchanged.

Discovering Inverse Relations

This quiz covers function programming in Desmos.

Intermediate Quiz
5 questions
Abstract Topics
6 Lectures 20:54

This lesson will help you visualize regions of data and begin to explore shading. 

Programming Inequalities

You will begin to explore your graphs in motion using sliders.

Changing Values with the Slider Tool

You will learn how to change the viewing sections of your graph by restricting the domain and range.

Restricting the Domain and Range

This platform will change how you see change. The derivative will be explained here.

Applying Visualization to Differential Calculus

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.

Applying Visualization to Integral Calculus

You will see how to get your graph moving and apply your own creative thinking to convert still images to animated ones.

Animation Project

This quiz will review what you learned in the advanced topics of the course.

Abstract Quiz
4 questions
Strong Finish
1 Lecture 02:07

I would like to congratulate you on finishing the course. Look at all you have learned!

About the Instructor
Stacey Joseph
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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.