February 1, 2008
Calculus: The Musical to be shown Feb. 27
Cowley College will be hosting MATHEATRE’s production
of Calculus: The Musical, at 10 a.m., February 27, in the Robert Brown
Theatre. This is a traveling production, originating in Minneapolis,
MN, that should appeal to any students above the algebra level.
Calculus: The Musical! is a comic “review” of the concepts and history of calculus. It was born as a teaching tool in Marc’s classroom. He found that setting formulas and rules to music helped his students learn and retain tricky information. “Maxima” and “minima” is an abstract concept to a lot of us, but when sung as a rousing “Can-Can” chorus, it’s fun and easy to remember! A blend of sketch comedy, musical theatre and classroom lecture, MATHEATRE has created a performance piece to show that although calculus is used in rocket science, well…it isn’t exactly rocket science.
Using musical parodies that span genres from light opera to hip hop, they introduce and illuminate such concepts as limits, integration and differentiation. With their unique comic style they dramatize some high points of calculus’ history. From Archimedes to Riemann, the quest for the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve comes to life through song!
Musical tributes to The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Madonna, Petula Clark and even Eminem are just a few of the artists who have inspired this engaging and educational lesson that is nothing at all like your high school textbooks. Calculus: The Musical! promises to be entertaining to the arithmophobe and the rocket scientist alike.