Differential Calculus through Data and Modeling Specialization


This specialization provides an introduction to topics in single and multivariable calculus, and focuses on using calculus to address questions in the natural and social sciences. Students will learn to use the tools of calculus to process, analyze, and interpret data, and to communicate meaningful results, using scientific computing and mathematical modeling. Topics include functions as models of data, differential and integral calculus of functions of one and several variables, differential equations, and optimization and estimation techniques.

In each module, learners will be provided with solved sample problems that they can use to build their skills and confidence followed by graded quizzes to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Through a cumulative project, students will apply their skills to model the cost of a construction project through a real topographical terrain with the goal of finding the optimal cost to complete the project given certain constraints.

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