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Calculus: The Musical!

Mathematical theater hits MCTC as part of Fine Arts Festival

Calculus, the MusicalDust off your thinking hat: Minneapolis Community and Technical College is pleased to host MATHEATRE and its unique genre of math-themed musical theater this month as part of the Fine Arts Festival. Calculus: The Musical! is a one-hour comic "review" of the concepts and history of calculus. A blend of sketch comedy, musical theater and classroom lecture, MATHEATRE has created a performance piece demonstrating that although calculus is used in rocket science, it isn’t exactly rocket science.

Musical styles from light opera to hip hop are used to explore calculus concepts such as limits, integration and differentiation, along with a dramatization of some high points of the history of calculus. From Archimedes to Riemann, the quest for the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve come to life through song in this performance. The Beatles, Gilbert and Sullivan, Petula Clark and Eminem are just a few of the artists who have inspired this engaging and educational lesson that is nothing at all like a high school textbook. Calculus: The Musical! promises to entertain the arithmo-phobe and the rocket scientist alike. 

This unique performance will be at MCTC for one night only. The show is free and open to the public. Arrive early to get a good seat. Join us April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis.