1. Book: "Calculus By and For Young People
(ages 7, yes 7 and up)" (CD-Rom)

ISBN 9780977949304; 179pp;

The following is the review of this book by Phylis and Philip Morrison in the Dec. '88 issue of Scientific American:

"Trying to divide six cookies fairly among seven people? Third-grader Brad had the right idea: cut each one in half, share out as many as you can; again halve the pieces not shared until there are pieces enough to share, and continue. He quit at sixteenths, amidst lots of crumbs. But he could see that everyone got 1/2 +1/4 + 0/8 + 1/16 + 1/32 + 0/64 . . . of a cookie. The sum is not hard to express in terms of a more familiar series, once you notice that the missing portion of unity is itself a geometric series for 1/[1 - (1/8)]. Iteration is more powerful and more intuitive than dividing a round cookie into seven equal parts.

This spiral-bound book the size of your hand reports with infectious enthusiasm the work of many beginners in one fine teacher's class over the decades, some of them highly gifted kids and some of them grown-ups with no particular mathematical bent. All were on their way to an understanding of slope and integral, natural logarithm and exponential. En route a good many famous problems were encountered, among them the proof of the snail-like divergence of the harmonic series (its first million terms add up to about 13.4, a sum given here to a dozen decimals), the Fibonacci sequence in pineapples and that glorious relation among, e, i, pi, 0 and 1.

The crossings between recreational mathematics, modern calculators and the track of such pioneers as Newton and Euler make this breezy and personal account, more notebook than book, good fun for the mathematically inclined young person and helpful for any adults who seek freer and solid arithmetic teaching".

Kodansha Ltd. has sold 22,336 copies of the Japanese version of this book above, from Aug. 20, 1998 (first day in bookstores)-Dec. 31, 2001 (3 1/3 years)!!

2. Worksheet book: "Calculus By and For Young People- Worksheets"(CD-ROM)

ISBN 9780962167478; 300+pp; 8 1/2x11"3

These 'worksheets', like none you've ever seen, parallel Don's book - with the same  flavor of concern for children's thinking and discoveries, making the same important connections - but in addition has:

The Table of Contents for Don's books 1 and 2:


3. Video #1: "Infinite Series By and For 6 Year-Olds and Up"

Running time: 24 minutes. This tape parallels Chapter 1 in Don's books; now only on Don's 2-disk CD set with all of Don's materials.

Titus (at left), at age 7, worked on 1/2+1/4+1/8+1/16...

On the tape, Jane, age 6, is shown coloring in the 8 x 8 square and ends up with 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 = 15/16. Will the square ever get filled in if we keep going forever? What is this series and sequence of partial sums getting close to? What is the smallest number? Don and Jane discuss these questions.
Don shows the work Kirsten, age 8, did on 1/3 + 1/9 + 1/27 + 1/81 = 40/81. She wrote that this series goes to 1/2. Don and Jonathan, age 7, discuss his work on 2/5 + (2/5)^2 + (2/5)^3 + ... and his generalization of
"..this tape and my class's experience with it, demonstrate that the math concepts presented here are not only possible with young people but fun, engaging and eminently practical."-- D. Elrick, teacher of a 4th-5th gifted class. "The videotape on infinite series is an excellent inservice for teachers. The tape demonstrates how to engage children's minds and shows alternate ways to study mathematics other than workbook fill-in-the-blanks"--Marge Klein, Kg teacher. "..seldom do I see (my) students so excited about their discoveries and sharing their methods..What's more exciting, they want to get a hold of some little kids and try it out on them!"--HS math teacher, CO.

4. Video #2: "Iteration to Infinite Sequences with 6 to 11 Year-Olds"

Running time: 38 minutes. This tape parallels Chapter 8 in Don's books; now only on Don's 2-disk CD set with all of Don's materials.

Don works with Jane, age 6, showing how she does the iteration of 2x, with an application to population increase. They also iterate and obtain an interesting graph.
Jonathan, age 7, shows how he solves the quadratic equation x2 - 5x + 6 = 0 by using some algebra to get x = , then iterates the function . He uses a calculator to arrive at infinite sequences that approach 3, one of the roots of the original equation. Jenny, age 11, shows her "wonderful, wonderful, graph" of these iterations.
"This half-hour video will teach you the basics of iteration even if you've never had an algebra course. Along with 6 and 7 year-olds on the video tape, you'll learn how to solve iteration problems by hand or with a calculator."-- John Zarella

5. "A Map To Calculus"; ISBN 9780962167485 ; (also on Don's 2- Disk set with all his materials)

Where am I? Where can I start? Where am I going? Am I there yet?
Don has created what he calls "A Map to Calculus"- an overview, a flowchart, a map, a unique way of looking at the interweaving of the important mathematical ideas and activities leading young people to the calculus. This 15"x18" map (click here to see a piece of it) is based on Don's books and videotapes. The starting points are around the outside, all leading to the derivative and integral in the middle. The numbers in the circles correspond to the chapter numbers in the books and videotapes.

7. "Changing Shapes With Matrices": ISBN 9780962167430 ; (also on Don's 2- Disk set)

Mathman Home
7. Changing Shapes with Matrices