North Central College - Naperville, IL

Learn lessons of calculus with humor and music

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“Calculus: The Musical!”—a comic review of the concepts and history of calculus—returns April 3 to North Central College as part of a national tour.   

Using musical parodies that span genres from light opera to hip-hop, the show is a blend of sketch comedy, musical theatre and classroom lecture. All this makes the learning of calculus fun and entertaining.

Recommended for high school students and up, the show will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Admission is free. However, groups of 10 or more need to contact Judy Brodhead in advance; email or call 630-637-5276.

North Central’s mathematics department and Cultural Events program regularly host this event for the community. Produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, this year’s show features the energetic, two-member cast of Breona Conrad and Joshua Murphy.

The duo will introduce and illuminate such concepts as limits, integration and differentiation. Using their own unique comic style, they dramatize the high points of calculus’ history and make sense of abstract concepts that can be both fun and easy to remember when sung to a familiar chorus. Musical tributes to The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Petula Clark and Eminem are just a few of the artists who have inspired this educational lesson that’s nothing like high school textbooks.

“Calculus: The Musical!” promises to be entertaining to the arithmophobe and the rocket scientist alike.

Mathematics is among the more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College. Degrees include a B.A. and B.S. in mathematics with focused study in pure mathematics, applied mathematics or actuarial science. The program prepares students for successful careers in education, actuarial science and wide range of math-related jobs in business and academia. Visit the math major page to learn more.

This musical theatre production is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit the Fine Arts page or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).