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AP Calculus BC, Period A)
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to make sense of those cryptic markings you see on your papers.
Schedule
at a Glance (see archives for older entries) 


W 5/23/07 
Final
Exam, Trapier Theater, 11:00 a.m. Seniors
with at least a B average and fewer than 12 absences for the second semester
are exempt (assuming there is no senior prank, of course). 


Exam
statistics: 

Sat 6/2/07 
Compilation
of student course evaluations:
Grading: 6 comments. Of these, 33% were positive, 50% were
negative, and the remaining one was mixed (a student who said that the system
was helpful overall but that positive points would be better than negative
points). One of the negative comments was that there were too many A+ grades.
The remaining 4 comments all dealt with bonus points: 2 thought the system
was good, and 2 were opposed to it, saying that it unfairly rewarded people
for nonacademic reasons. 

Essential Links:
 STA
School Handbook
 College
Board: AP Calculus BC Course Description
 Eric Weisstein’s World of
Mathematics, the Web’s most extensive mathematics resource (no kidding!)
Extra Help:
 Karl’s Calculus Tutor for
firstyear students
 Calc101.com, a site I really shouldn’t tell you about (click it and you’ll see why)
 Temple University: Calculus on
the Web (COW)
Links Based on Class Discussions:
 Troy’s
Integral Approximation Thingy: a neat JavaScript application for Midpoint
Rule, Trapezoid Rule, Simpson’s Rule, etc.
 Another
integral approximator tool found by John S. (actually shows you the
rectangles or trapezoids)
 Chris and Andrew’s proof that
Simpson’s Rule is a weighted average of the Midpoint and Trapezoid Rules
 Braxton’s direct proof of FTC2
 Proof that FTC1 implies FTC2 and
conversely
 Related rates tutorial and
practice problems
 Partial
fraction decomposition with sample problems and solutions, courtesy of the
University of California at Davis
Links for AP Preparation:
 Real
sample AP questions from the College Board
 AB Calculus Cram Sheet
(courtesy of Will Felder and Mr. Hansen)
 BC Calculus Cram Sheet from
previous years
 “Stuff
you MUST know cold” (link to another AP calculus teacher’s site; requires
Adobe Acrobat reader)
 Review question logsheet
(requires Microsoft Excel)
 Permitted features for graphing
calculators on the AP examination: you’ll definitely want to print this one out
 Actual
college calculus tests from Mr. Hansen’s alma mater (great practice!)
 Multiple choice practice #1 with answer key
 Multiple choice practice #2 with answer key
Fun Links:
 Homemade “Segway”like balancing scooter uses a fair amount of calculus!
 Mathematicians
as depicted in the movies (Good Will Hunting, etc.)
 An Algebra II problem that
has a calculus flavor to it. (This is problem #26 from §117 of Foerster’s Algebra
and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications.) The problem is to determine
which sweepstakes prize is better: a $20,000 lump sum or $100 a month for life.
Assume 4% annual interest compounded monthly. In part (d), the challenge is to
determine how the answer changes if the interest rate changes to 7%.
 The Mt. Sinai problem and two
variations
 The astonishing BaileyBorweinPlouffe
algorithm for calculating pi to any desired decimal place
 Sound wave analysis
(harmonics, Doppler shift, etc.) / excellent site developed by students at
TJHSST in Virginia
 Good problems
(some calculus, some not)
 More fun links on Mr. Hansen’s home page
Serious Links:
 Summer math camps
for talented high school students
 Click here for other serious links
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Last updated: 03 Jun 2007