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Mathematica demonstrations covering almost every aspect of high school algebra and geometry needed for the study of calculus.
Essay giving a brief overview of the history of calculus from ancient Greeks to Cauchy, with dozens of links to biographies of the mathematicians involved, including Archimedes, Newton and Leibniz
Essay giving a brief overview of the history of the function concept from intimations in ancient Babylonian tables; to consideration of relations beyond single-formula continuous ones by Euler, Fo
Essay giving a brief overview of the history of the trigonometric functions from ancient Babylon and Greece to medieval India and Europe to more modern times. References.
Alphabetical list of well-known curves from Astroid to Witch of Agnesi, with graphs, equations, and a short discussion and history of each curve.
Essay giving an overview of the history of the number \(e\), including various ways of obtaining and representing it. References.

Three historical "Then and Now" modules, on curve drawing, tangent lines, and optimization problems, each explored using interactive Java applets created with Geometers Sketchpad but

Using the history of mathematics in a college algebra class has had significant positive effects on student learning.

The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.