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Professor Kingan’s motivation for writing her free Calculus I textbook was to help address the departments high failure rates in Calculus. Along with another CUNY initiative to offer Calculus workshops in advance of taking the course, Kingan’s concise textbook in Calculus I offers students inside and outside of CUNY an opportunity to prepare for Calculus I at their own pace. She also believes that by providing free access to this material she could help to overcome some of the inequity students experience when Calculus is not offered in their high school. The textbook was written specifically for this pilot project.

The full website is available at and was developed in collaboration with Miriam Deutch and Diane Dias de Fazio.


This open educational resource was created as part of The Brooklyn College Open Educational Resource Pilot Project, 2014-2015. This project was designed to encourage faculty experimentation and innovation using open and/or library licensed resources for their course materials. The project supported faculty writing their own content, curating openly available scholarly digital content, and library assistance with resource identification, online publishing, creative commons licensing and copyright compliance. This alternative to print textbooks addresses multiple learning styles and pedagogies through customizable, interactive, multimedia content and may result in greater student learning and lowering student costs. Approximately 5000 Brooklyn College will be served yearly by the completed projects. Moreover, the resources are accessible to a global audience.

The Pilot Project was coordinated by Professor Miriam Deutch, Library, and overseen by Terrence Cheng, Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Brooklyn College.

Special thanks to Karen L. Gould, President, Brooklyn College for funding the pilot project.

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