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Changing tides (the prodigal returns)

There's a reason I started this project over the summer... now that I'm back teaching, there are so many urgent tasks to complete that blogging can fall to the side! I'm used to making a point of carving out time for research: on a personal level, I don't feel like a vital mathematician or teacher if I'm not creating mathematics. I have less practice, though, making time for math communication outside the classroom.

How are your semesters going? It is that time when you might feel that the semester's been going on forever, and yet the end is not near. We all know the end is rushing toward us, though, and it's the time when we try to remind students who might have been slacking or who have started getting discouraged that we have almost two months to wrestle a class into success or let it sink into failure.

In my calculus class right now we're dealing with derivatives of arcsine and arccosine, but I am not going to talk about those today. Instead I'll put up the natural follow-up to the last post, a spreadsheet worksheet on modeling ocean water level over 24 hours.
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Spreadsheets in the calculus classroom

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