Saturday, April 29, 2006

Out of Order

I've been sort of thinking about how I might teach Calc 2 in the fall if my schedule doesn't get changed.

Background: Our Calc 2 course covers chapters 5, 6, and 8 of Stewart's Concepts & Contexts: techniques of integration, applications of integration, sequences/series.

Question for those in the know: Is there any reason why I'd have to do the sequence/series stuff at the end of the semester when the students are all worn out and discouraged? Could I do the integration stuff in Chapter 5, then do the sequence/series stuff, and then go back and do all those problems about leaky buckets being lifted by variable density ropes and all that? Or is this a really stupid idea?