The Grand Valley State University Mathematics Department highly values the insightful use of technology to solve meaningful problems and deepen understanding of key ideas in the introductory Calculus sequence [MTH 201 (Calculus 1), MTH 202 (Calculus 2), and MTH 203 (Calculus 3)]. Recommended hardware and software for student use in the Calculus sequence follows.
GVSU does not require a graphing calculator for Calculus, nor do we specifically recommend any particular brand of calculator. Students may own and use any calculator they wish, as long as it can compute with logarithmic, trigonometric, and exponential functions.
GVSU students are encouraged to own and use mobile computing devices that can (1) run mathematical apps, (2) display PDF documents, and (3) connect to the internet via a web browser. Such devices include:
If you own a mobile device but are not sure if it meets the three requirements above, please contact Prof. Robert Talbert, the department's Instructional Resources Coordinator. Also, please verify with your professor that the use of a mobile device is allowed in class.
The first-year calculus sequence MTH 201-202 uses a combination of the following software tools:
Other recommended apps for MTH 201-202 include:
GVSU maintains a site license for the scientific computing platform Mathematica that allows current GVSU students to download and install the software on their systems at no cost. Some sections of MTH 203 use Mathematica in lab sessions. Students can download the software at http://www.gvsu.edu/clas/labresource/mathematica-7.htm