Calculus Without Tears: Lesson Sheets for Learning Calculus are
8½ x 14-inch spiral-bound lessons and practice books that
teach calculus to students who are as young as fourth grade. Volume
1 is titled "Constant Velocity Motion," and Volume 2 is titled "Newton's
Volume 1 is divided into five chapters: "The Mathematics of Motion," "Functions
and Graphs," "Velocity," "The Area Under a Curve," and "Differential
Equations." By the end of Volume 1, the student will know the basics
of calculus and will have solved a few differential equations.
Volume 2, which focuses on motion and change, is divided into five
chapters: "The Physics of a Falling Object," "Graphing Solutions
to Differential Equations," "The Derivative of t 2 ," "Integrating
Linear Functions," and "Differential Equations." Both books are
designed to be completed at the rate of one lesson a day (there
are typically 14-15 lessons per chapter), and the author expects
each lesson to take around 30 minutes.
The lessons are written to the student and are meant to be read
and understood by the student. The numbers used in the practice
problems are easy (the only requirement to begin is "decimal arithmetic"),
so the student will be able to learn the calculus without getting
hung up on the mathematical computations. Each lesson begins with
a written explanation of the concept, followed by example problems
and then exercises for the student to work.
These volumes are interesting but cumbersome. The 8½ x
14-inch size is awkward, and there is no readily available answer
key. There are checksums that allow the student to check his or
her own work, but nothing additional is available for the teacher.
I am not mathematically inclined, but I am raising boys who are.
I would like a little more handholding for myself, because otherwise
I won't know if they are learning from these books incorrectly.
That said, if your children are interested in math, and if you
are comfortable these lesson sheets, Calculus Without Tears would
be a fun supplement for your children to work through.