3D Printing in Calculus Class
I’m looking forward to exploring 3D printing in Calculus class this year. We don’t have a printer in our classroom (yet!), but some students have enough experience and access to work on modest projects outside of class.
Here’s a print of an interesting surface in xyz-coordinate space.
And perhaps more importantly, 3D printing gives students an opportunity to use mathematics to create. Mathematics is a creative endeavor, and whatever helps promote this idea will ultimately help change attitudes about math.