#1

I'm 17 and am a junior in high school. I want to be a math teacher when I get older; I'm really interested in math, in particular the prime numbers and number theory. But for me to even begin to understand zeta functions and the like, I need to know at least the basis of calculus - what the Greek symbols means, ect.

Can anyone help out? Thanks very much.

Can anyone help out? Thanks very much.

#2

Um, take a calculus class? I mean, calculus is a huge field, so it's hard to just learn it casually. In general, you start with limits, then progress to derivatives, and then to integrals. Derivatives and integrals are the two many foundations of calculus.

I really don't know what you're looking for though.

edit: I can't really see personally the possibility of just learning it online. But if you're dedicated enough: http://www.calculus.org/

I really don't know what you're looking for though.

edit: I can't really see personally the possibility of just learning it online. But if you're dedicated enough: http://www.calculus.org/

#3

the way ive used the greek symbols is theta and alpha for the triangular angles but im not even in calc. yet so lol.

#4

You could check out the opencourseware site that MIT has. http://ocw.mit.edu They have quite a few cool "classes" there.

#5

The basis of calculus is limits, derivatives, integrals, and series. You will learn what particular symbols mean as you learn calculus, by themselves they are just symbols which aren't particularly important. As far as basic calculus goes, off the top of my head you only really need to know (as far as greek symbols) what pi, sigma, and perhaps rho (density) represent. Buying a textbook taking a course in calculus will help.

Sites like should help you learn calculus:

http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

http://www.karlscalculus.org/calculus.html

Sites like should help you learn calculus:

http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

http://www.karlscalculus.org/calculus.html

*Last edited by Negative Burn at May 5, 2008,*

#6

Your 17 and haven't been given the opportunity to do basic calculus? What?

#7

lol, I read "I'm 17 and am in junior high school"

Limits are easy, so are derivatives. Basic integration can be done when you learn it but the more advanced integrals are usually left for Calc II (or Calc BC, whichever you prefer to call it).

Limits are easy, so are derivatives. Basic integration can be done when you learn it but the more advanced integrals are usually left for Calc II (or Calc BC, whichever you prefer to call it).

#8

can't you just take calculus as a senior? I'm in it right now. Or you could take it as a summer course, I would recommend that over learning online or through a book