I’ve been on sabbatical for several months to write a series of books aimed at teaching computer algebra (using the open-source CAS wxMaxima) to lower division engineering, physical science and applied mathematics majors. The books are designed primarily to work as 1-semester 1-unit lab manuals (presumably used concurrently with the corresponding math course), but they will also provide a valuable “by example” reference for students studying computer algebra independently. This June I will publish the first two books as free .pdf files: “wxMaxima for Calculus I”, and “wxMaxima for Calculus II” under a CC-BY-NC-SA license allowing anyone to modify and/or redistribute the work for non-commercial purposes. This site will host the original .tex files and image repositories for those who want to create derivative works. I will also post an affordable print-on-demand link this summer.
I plan to write four additional books in the coming years for Pre-Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (maybe that’s the next sabbatical project?).
Here’s some CAS candy to keep you entertained in the meantime:
Instructor of Mathematics and Physics
Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA