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(Honors AP Calculus BC, Period C)
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Schedule at a Glance (see archives for older entries)
Written assignments should follow the HW guidelines.


F 5/8/09

No class. Students who did not submit their AP review logs yesterday must put them in my mailbox in the mail room by 12:00 noon. I will be off campus during part of the morning.


M 5/11/09

HW due: Over the weekend, submit your project proposal to me by e-mail. Please be sure to prefix your subject line with a double underscore ( __ ) so that I know the message is legitimate.


T 5/12/09

Work on final project. Report to class each day for roll call.


W 5/13/09

Work on final project. Report to class each day for roll call.


Th 5/14/09

Work on final project. Report to class each day for roll call.


F 5/15/09

Work on final project. Report to class each day for roll call.


M 5/18/09

Work on final project.


T 5/19/09

Final project due.


W 5/20/09

Field Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, MD. Bus leaves just after 8:00 a.m., so hurry back from McDonald’s! We will be back on campus by 1:00 p.m. You are expected to attend the second half of your F period class. Dress code is required for the field trip unless you have purchased a tag from Ms. Spaulding.

Students not attending the field trip will need to write an essay (approx. 35-40 minutes) to be turned in on Thursday, May 21, on the following topic. The four themes of AP Calculus BC are functions/limits, derivatives, integrals (theoretical), and applications of integrals. In your own words, not copied and pasted from the Internet, tie these four themes into a coherent whole. In other words, how do these topics fit together in your mind? You will need, at a minimum, to include such “glue” concepts as the definition of derivative, the MVT, the FTC, the definition of definite integral in terms of Riemann sums, the concept of variable-factor products, arc length, and average value of a function. Additional examples are encouraged. Complete sentences and acceptable grammar are required. Some leniency for spelling will be granted.


Th 5/21/09

HW due: HappyCal essay (see yesterday’s calendar entry). Students who went on the field trip are exempt.


F 5/22/09

Last day of school. T-shirts will be available for $9.00.


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 first-year 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.
-- The “RiemannSums Applet” 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
-- BC Calculus Cram Sheet (courtesy of Will Felder and Mr. Hansen)
-- “Stuff you MUST know cold” (link to another AP calculus teacher’s site; requires Adobe Acrobat reader)
-- Review question logsheet (requires Microsoft Excel); two-page version for 2008-09
-- Permitted features for graphing calculators on the AP examination
-- 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 §11-7 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 Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe 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: 19 May 2009