Math Textbooks

Free Mathematics Textbooks

Mathematics belongs to humankind! Furthermore, college textbooks are expensive.

In an effort to help reduce textbook costs and to bring the beauty of mathematics to the minds of students, the Carroll College math department is working to write FREE open source textbooks for the Calculus, Statistics, Mathematical Modeling, and several other classes. The content from the books promote active, hands-on learning and are designed to help build content knowledge as well as intuition and problem solving. These books are available to anyone who wants to use them! Presently, the MA121, MA122, MA131, MA141, MA207, MA315, MA334, and MA342 classes are all using textbooks of this format.

Carroll College Active Calculus and Mathematical Modeling

This freely available textbook is used at Carroll College for MA121, MA122, MA131, and MA141. The text is modeled after the Active Calculus text by Matt Boelkins at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The text is endorsed by the American Institute of Mathematics and is a freely available and open source text under a creative commons license.  

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Calculus Textbook »

  • YouTube videos associated with each section of the book. (Created by professors at Grand Valley State)
  • Chapter 0 - Preliminaries: In this chapter we provide review resources for Pre-Calculus materials necessary for success in Calculus.
  • Activities and Clicker Questions Book [pdf]
  • MA121: Differential Calculus: In MA121 you will cover chapters 0 - 3 from the Carroll College Active Calculus Textbook. The Activities and Clickers for MA121 are here [pdf].
  • MA122: Integral Calculus: In MA122 you will cover chapters 3 - 7 from the Carroll College Active Calculus Textbook. The Activities and Clickers for MA122 are here [pdf]
  • MA131: Single Variable Calculus: In MA131 you will cover chapters 1 - 6 from the Carroll College Active Calculus Textbook. The Activitites and Clickers for MA131 are here [pdf].
  • MA141: Intro to Mathematical Modeling: The MA141 textbook is a combination of chapters from the Active Calculus book as well as sections on linear algebra and difference equations. The textbook can be found here [pdf] and the activities book can be found here [pdf].

MA 207 and MA 315: Probability and Statistics

Currently we're using the OpenIntro Statistics Project in our MA207 and MA315 courses.  Other free and open source materials associated with our statistics program can be found at mathquest.carroll.edu/activestats/.

Download the
OpenIntro Stats Book »

MA 334: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 2

Currently we're using the open source materials created by Dr. Eric Sullivan.  Contact Dr. Sullivan for the latest copy. 

MA 342: Numerical Analysis

Currently we're using the open source materials created by Dr. Eric Sullivan.  Contact Dr. Sullivan for the latest copy.

Questions?

If you have questions or are interested in the source code for any of the open source textbook projects please contact Dr. Eric Sullivan at esullivan@carroll.edu. Please note that these books are living documents and may change semester by semester.