Before You Watch

This video introduces calculus. It presents the fundamental premise of calculus as well as some of the unique notation that is used in calculus in preparation for the other videos in this series.

You don’t have to know anything about calculus before watching this video, however, it is a good idea to be familiar with the general concepts of algebra first. If you’re not confident with rearranging algebraic equations or working with algebraic fractions, review the videos on those topics, then come back. You also need to be familiar with the linear equation before proceeding with calculus.

Now What?

Now that you’ve been introduced to the fundamental concepts of calculus, you can explore further. As mentioned in the video, there are two main categories of calculus: differential calculus and integral calculus. Most commonly, differential calculus is taught first, followed by integral calculus.

So, when you’re familiar with the basic concepts in this video, watch Rates of Change and Differentiation next. Even if you already know how to differentiate, it will help you understand what differentiation means.

But When I am Going to Use This

Calculus is the mathematical study of how things change relative to one another. For instance, velocity (or speed) is a change of position over a change in time, and acceleration is a change in velocity over a change in time – so any motion is studied using calculus. Other examples include the flow of water through pipes over time, or changing commodity prices against demand. Because change is everywhere, the potential applications for calculus are endless, particularly in engineering and science. Calculus is necessary knowledge for any degree related to engineering or science.