Books by the Mathman, Don Cohen, which feature hands-on activities for mathematics leading to calculus and also dealing with matrices, are the following:
"Calculus By and For Young People (ages 7, yes 7 and up)"
"Calculus By and For Young People - Worksheets"
"Changing Shapes With Matrices"
"Using Models to Calculate Volumes in Calculus"
Build models of solids whose volumes are usually calculated using the methods of uniform slices, discs, or cylindrical shells. The modeling process reinforces the concept of Riemann Sums and gives a solid foundation for the integration formulas.
Paul R. Schroeder
McCluer North High School
705 Waterford Drive
Florissant, MO 63033
"Hands-On Introduction to Trigonometry"
St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Road
St. Louis, MO 63135